Connor M. Wood

PhD Student


I’m interested in conservation biology and landscape ecology. My research is focused on understanding the persistence of populations and ecological processes, and the effects of widespread and increasing human pressure on the natural world. To that end I use fieldwork, genetics, stable isotopes, and a variety of modeling approaches. I have several questions related to spotted owls: 1) What is the historical population size of the California spotted owl? 2) How extensively has the barred owl altered the genome of the northern spotted owl? 3) How can we effectively monitor (and manage) the expansion of barred owls into the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California?


M.Sc. Wildlife Ecology  |  University of Maine, 2016
B.A. Conservation Biology  |  Middlebury College, 2011


Wood, C.M., S.T. McKinney, and C.S. Loftin. In Review. Intraspecific functional diversity of common species enhances community stability.

Wood, C.M., S.T. McKinney, and C.S. Loftin. In Review. Potential food availability drives small mammal abundance along an elevational gradient.

Wood, C.M., E.J. Blomberg, C.S. Loftin, and S.T. McKinney. In Review. Evaluating bias in a common metric of abundance.

Wood, C.M., J.W. Witham, and M.L. Hunter Jr. 2016. Climate-driven range shifts are a stochastic process at a local level: two flying squirrel species in Maine. Ecosphere 7(2):e01240.

Wood, C.M. and S.T. McKinney. 2015. Record long-distance movement of a Deer Mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus, in a New England montane boreal forest. Canadian Field-Naturalist 129(2): 181-182.