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Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse
Associate Professor
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd.
Unit 4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Room #221
Phone: 860-486-5042
Fax: 860-486-5408


Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center Webpage




Where Do the Bears Come From? - NBC CT
Where are CT's Bears Hanging Out? - WNPR


Ph.D. 2007 University of Missouri; Biological Sciences
M.S. 2002 University of Missouri; Biological Sciences
B.S. 2000 University of Wisconsin; Wildlife Ecology


2018 - Present University of Connecticut, Associate Professor
2011 - 2018 University of Connecticut, Assistant Professor
2010 - 2011 University of Wisconsin, Department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology, Postdoctoral Fellow
2008 - 2009 University of Wisconsin, Department of Botany, Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My research program tests our understanding of wildlife populations within social-ecological systems. In recent projects, I use my experience studying wildlife in managed forest systems to understand wildlife within forests that are perforated with human housing to create an intermixed system. I study the behavioral, physiological, ecological, and demographic mechanisms that influence vital rates. The premise is that mechanisms must be understood in order to identify effective management strategies. While my research addresses the population persistence (or overabundance) of wildlife resulting from land use and land cover change, climate change, and emerging diseases, I focus on the uniqueness of local places and the research needs of people charged with managing local populations and habitats. For more information about my research, please visit my lab website

Select Publications

  • Macklem, D.C., A.M. Helton, M.W. Tingley, J.M. Dickson, and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2019. Stream salamander persistence influences by interaction between exurban housing age and development.
    Urban Ecosystems.
  • Evans, M.J., J.E. Hawley, P.W. Rego, and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2019. Hourly movement decisions indicate how a large carnivore inhabits developed landscapes.  Oecologia. 2019:11–23.
  • Miller, D.A.W., Grant, E.H.C., Muths, E., Amburgey, S.M., Adams, M.J., Joseph, M.B., Hardin Waddle, J., Johnson, P.T.J., Ryan, M.E., Schmidt, B.R., Calhoun, D.L., Davis, C.L., Fisher, R.N., Green, D.M., Hossack, B.R., Rittenhouse, T.A.G., Walls, S.C., Bailey, L.L., Cruickshank, S.S., Fellers, G.M., Gorman, T.A., Haas, C.A., Hughson, W., Pilliod, D.S., Price, S.J., Ray, A.M., Sadinski, W., Saenz, D., Barichivich, W.J., Brand, A., Brehme, C.S., Dagit, R., Delaney, K.S., Glorioso, B.M., Kats, L.B., Kleeman, P.M., Pearl, C.A., Rochester, C.J., Riley, S.P.D., Roth, M., Sigafus, B.H. 2018. Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate-driven change in North American amphibian communities. Nature Communications. 9:3926
  • Evans, M.J., and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2018. Evaluating spatially explicit density estimates of unmarked wildlife detected by remote cameras.  Journal of Applied Ecology. 55: 2565 – 2574.
  • Evans, M.J., T.A.G. Rittenhouse, J.E. Hawley, P. Rego, and L. Eggert. 2018. Spatial genetic patterns indicate mechanism and consequences of large carnivore cohabitation within development. Ecology and Evolution. 8: 4815 – 4829. 
  • Amburgey, S.M., D.A.W. Miller, E.H.C. Grant, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, M.F. Benard, J.L. Richardson, M.C. Urban, W. Hughson, A.B. Brand, C.J. Davis, C.R. Hardin, P.W.C. Paton, J.W. Petranka, C.J. Raithel, R.A. Relyea, A.F. Scott, D.K. Skelly, D.E. Skidds, C.K. Smith, and E.E. Werner. 2018. Range position and climate sensitivity: the structure of among-population demographic responses to climate variation. Global Change Biology. 24: 439–454.
  • O’Connor, K.M., L.R. Nathan, M.R. Liberati, M.W. Tingley, J.C. Vokoun, T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2017. Camera trap arrays improve detection probability of wildlife: Investigating study design considerations using an empirical dataset. PLOS One 12:e0175684.
  • Evans, M.J., T.A.G. Rittenhouse, J.E. Hawley, and P.W. Rego. 2017. Black bear recolonization patterns on human-dominated landscapes vary based on housing: New insights from spatially explicit density models. Landscape and Urban Planning 162:13–24.
  • O'Connor, J.H., and T.A.G. Rittenhouse. 2016. Snow cover and late fall movement influence wood frog survival during an unusually cold winter. Oecologia 181:635–644.
  • O'Connor, K.M., T.A.G. Rittenhouse, and J.L. Brunner. 2016. Ranavirus common in Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) tadpoles throughout Connecticut. Herpetological Review 47:394–397.
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840