National Wildlife Research Center NWRC)
Dr. Todd C. Atwood
Research Wildlife Biologist
Dr. Todd C. Atwood is employed by the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) in Fort Collins, CO. He has been studying carnivore ecology for more than 10 years. His research is field-based and integrates landscape and behavioral ecology to address issues in carnivore conservation and management.
Carnivore ecology, landscape ecology, behavior, competition, spatial modeling
Taxonomic Groups of Interest
Canids, felids, ursids, cervids
Carnivore ecology, spatial ecology, behavioral ecology
Products/Techniques Developed or Tested
Spatially explicit models of predation risk
Carnivores as disease sentinels
Landscape connectivity models
- Landscape connectivity of gray foxes and fox-variant rabies in the Southwest
- Incorporating socio-ecological dynamics into risk assessments of human-wildlife interactions
- Spatial ecology of gray foxes, coyotes, and bobcats relative to the spread of rabies in west Texas
- Using spatial data to increase trap-based detection probabilities for raccoons
Ph.D., Utah State University, Wildlife Biology, "Coyotes, wolves, elk, and mule deer: predator-prey behavioral responses in southwest Montana"
M.S., Purdue University, Wildlife, "Ecology of Coyotes as influenced by landscape fragmentation"
B.S. Purdue University, Wildlife
Kunkel, K. E., D. H. Pletscher, T. C. Atwood, T. K. Ruth, and M. G. Hornocker. 2013. Assessing wolves and cougars as conservation surrogates. Animal conservation 16:32-40.
- Address: USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, NWRC, 4101 LaPorte Ave., Fort Collins, CO, 80521
- Telephone: 970-266-6054
- Fax: 970-266-6038
- E-mail: Todd.C.Atwood@aphis.usda.gov
NWRC Research Project: Investigating the Ecology, Control, and Prevention of Terrestrial
Rabies in Free-Ranging Wildlife