Mauri Liberati

Doctoral Student

Office: Klinck 101


Advisors: Chad Rittenhouse & Jason Vokoun


Research Interests:

My research interests are generally in areas of applied ecology.  I am particularly interested in the conservation and management of native bird species but look forward to including additional taxa in my future research.  Topics from my previous avian research include: dispersal, breeding ecology, seasonal survival, micro- and macro-habitat selection, and demographic analysis.  I appreciate opportunities for collaborative and multi-disciplinary approaches to solving research and management questions. 

With funding from a USDA NIFA National Needs Fellowship, my dissertation research at UConn will focus on wildlife and fisheries conservation within sustainable forest ecosystems.  The New England region offers a unique opportunity to investigate sustainable forestry practices.  For example, there are few states that have as many people living in forests as Connecticut.  Connecticut is the fourth most densely populated state in the nation and has had unprecedented forest regeneration in the past century.  Currently, about 60 percent of Connecticut is forested.  These circumstances, along with other ongoing landscape-level trends, creates unique challenges for sustainable management of Connecticut’s forests and their ability to provide multiple ecosystem services.  My research will use geospatial techniques to identify opportunities for wildlife conservation and management in forests that need to be managed sustainably for multiple uses. 

I am also a member of the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center: