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Dr. Paul Curtis serves as Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. He has coordinated the Wildlife Damage Management Program during the past 24 years. His applied research and extension programs have focused on reducing human-wildlife conflicts in agricultural and suburban landscapes. His work includes community-based wildlife management issues and public policy education.
Primary research activities include evaluation of wildlife behavior and population ecology. Various applied management techniques for reducing human-wildlife conflicts and potential disease transmission have been investigated. Novel methods for reducing herbivore damage to plants are currently being studied. 1999-2009 Co-director of the Research Grants Program for the Northeast Wildlife Damage Management Research and Outreach Cooperative 2004-2006 New York research representative to the Northeast Research, Extension, and Academic Program for IPM 2003-2004 Completed field collections of birds near Cairo, Egypt to evaluate pesticide levels in free-ranging species that people commonly consume. Preserved and imported tissue samples with appropriate USFWS permits. This project was conducted in cooperation with CIIFAD and an Egyptian Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow 2001 Krueger National Park, South Africa, International Wildlife Fertility Control Conference sponsored by the University of Pretoria 2001 CIIFAD Research Sites, Ranomafauna Preserve, Madagascar 2001 Chamois Goat Research Project, Wengen, University of Bern, Switzerland 1999 Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries, Tokyo, Japan Wildlife Damage Management Advisor
The long-term goal of the Wildlife Damage Management Program is to reduce conflicts, economic losses, and human health and safety concerns caused by wildlife in both agricultural and suburban landscapes. My core programming deals with reducing negative wildlife impacts in New York and nationally. Extension activities include a variety of publications, videos, and web resources.
Courses I teach include applied wildlife science and population ecology (NTRES 4280/6280). I mentor undergraduate research interns interested in field studies.
Wildlife ecology and management, wildlife behavior and population ecology