Dr. Kathleen L. Dunckel


Instructor & Landscape Ecologist, Center for Wildlife Studies

Associate Professor of Forest Resources and Geographical Information Systems, Unity College

Ph.D. Forest Resources, University of Maine

M.S. Environmental Science, Alaska Pacific University

B.A. Environmental Science, SUNY Plattsburgh

Email: kdunckel@centerforwildlifestudies.org

Forested ecosystems are home to myriad of species and supply ecosystem services that are an integral component of human society. I conduct research, education, and outreach primarily in landscape ecology and forested ecosystems. I am interested in changes to those ecosystems over time due to disturbance, particularly climate change and human intervention. My research projects include forest ecosystem field studies, forest landscape modeling of species distribution and climate change effects, GIS and remote sensing applications, analysis of the effects of forest management practices and natural disturbance on ecosystems, the influence of landscape-scale factors on wildlife populations, and effects of land use on current landscape patterns and ecosystem processes.


selected PUBLICATIONs & presentations

Dunckel, K.L. 2019. Projected future distribution of Tsuga canadensis across alternative climate scenarios in Maine U.S. The 9th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society, Málaga, Spain.

Dunckel, K.L., A. Weiskittel, & G. Fiske. 2017. Projected future distribution of Tsuga canadensis across alternative climate scenarios in Maine. U.S. Forests 8(8): https://doi.org/10.3390/f8080285

Dunckel, K.L. 2016. Integrating spatial modeling, climate change scenarios, invasive species risk and public perceptions to inform sustainable management in hemlock-hardwood forests in Maine. University of Maine public presentation.

Dunckel, K.L., G. Weiskittel, S.A. Fiske, E. Sader, E. Latty, & A. Arnett. 2015. Linking remote sensing and various site factors for predicting the spatial distribution of eastern hemlock occurrence and relative basal area in Maine, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 358:180-191.

Dunckel, K.L., E. Latty, & A. Arnett. 2014. Predicting the spatial distribution of Tsuga canadensis in Maine using remote sensing and GIS. ForestSAT 2014 conference, Riva Del Garda, Italy.

Arnett, A., E. Latty, T. Nobel, & K.L. Dunckel. 2014. Effects of Hemlock Logging on Vegetation and Ant Biodiversity Patterns in Northern Hemlock-Hardwood. Ecological Society of America.

Dunckel, K.L. 2013. SENCER-IZING your curriculum: Best practices for linking STEM education and civic engagement. Maine EPSCoR and Maine Campus Compact Conference, Orono, ME.

Ranco, D., A. Arnett, E. Latty, A. Remsburg, K.L. Dunckel, E. Quigley, R. Lilieholm, J. Daigle, B. Livingston, J. Neptune & T. Secord. 2012. Two Maine Forest Pests: A comparison of Approaches to Understanding Threats to Hemlock and Ash Trees in Maine. Maine Policy Review 21:76-89.

Dunckel, K.L., E. Latty, A. Arnett, A. Remsburg, & B. Bibles. 2012. Using GIS to Support Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. 27th Northeast Arc Users Group Conference, Rockland, Maine.

Remsburg, A.J., E. Latty, A. Arnett, & K.L. Dunckel. 2011. Relationships among understory vegetation, insect diversity, and forest management in hemlock-dominated ecosystems. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.