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Dr. Carol Bocetti

Education

  • B.S.: School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
  • M.S.: Department of Zoology, Ohio State University
  • Ph.D.: Department of Zoology, Ohio State University

Biography

Worked for 10 years at USDI Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 1994-2004

-          pursued endangered species population biology and effects of habitat management

-          principal investigator for projects on Kirtland's Warblers and Delmarva Fox Squirrels

-          consultant for Black-capped Vireos, Golden-cheeked Warblers, Whooping Cranes, and Mississippi Sandhill Cranes

Assistant professor at California University of Pennsylvania, 2004-Present

-          served as assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

-          taught Introduction to Environmental Sciences for non-majors

-          taught Wildlife Management Techniques, Principles of Wildlife Management, Ornithology, Mammalogy, and Natural Resource Law and Policy to majors in fisheries and wildlife concentration

-          advised majors in fisheries and wildlife concentration

-          advised student chapter of The Wildlife Society, 2005-2009

Involved in Kirtland's Warbler recovery efforts since 1986

-          conducted graduate research and professional research pertinent to species recovery

-          served as chair of research committee since 1993

-          served as voting member of recovery team since 1998

-          appointed team leader in 2006

Involved in Delmarva Fox Squirrel recovery efforts since 1995

-          conducted professional research pertinent to species recovery

-          served on technical working group writing habitat conservation plan for timber industry on Delmarva Peninsula

-          participated in five-year review and status assessment

Involved in avian response to invasive plant species management on Lake Erie marshes since 2007

-          Supervised student research on avian abundance, behavior and nesting

Courses

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Ecology (lab section)
  • Ornithology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Principles of Wildlife Management
  • Wildlife Management Techniques
  • Natural Resource Law and Policy

Publications

  • King,T.L., M.S. Eackles, A.P. Henderson, C.I. Bocetti, D. Currie, and J.M. Wunderle Jr.  2005.  Microsatellite DNA markers for delineating population structure and kinship among the endangered Kirtland's warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii). Molecular Ecology Notes. 5: 569-571.
  • King,T.L., M.S. Eackles, C.I. Bocetti, and A. Henderson. 2004. Microsatellite DNA markers for delineating population structure and kinship among the endangered Kirtland's warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii). GenBank  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
  • Lance, S.L., J.E. Maldonado, C.I. Bocetti, O.H. Pattee, J.D. Ballou, and R.C. Fleischer.  2003. Genetic variation in natural and translocated populations of Delmarva fox squirrel.  Conservation Genetics 4(6):707-718.
  • Probst, J.R., D.M. Donner-Wright, C.I. Bocetti, and S. Sjogren. 2003. Population increase in Kirtland's warbler and summer range expansion to Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, USA. Oryx 37(3): 365-373.
  • Bocetti, C.I. 2003. New book evaluates population viability analysis as a conservation tool.  Book review.  Ecology 84(2): 536-537.
  • Ellison, K., P.W. Sykes, and C.I. Bocetti. 2002. Re-evaluating Bay-breasted warbler breeding range: nine years of presence in Lower Michigan. Wilson Bull. 114(3): 415-416.
  • Deloria-Sheffield, C.M., K.F. Millenbah, C.I. Bocetti, P.W. Sykes, and C.B. Kepler. 2001.  Kirtland's warbler diet as determined through fecal analysis. Wilson Bull. 113(4):384-387.
  • Conway, B.E., J.R. Bart, C.I. Bocetti, and K.R. Ennis. 1999. The Kirtland's Warbler Simulation and Management Model User's Guide. Version 1.0.  65 pp.
  • Bart, J.R., C.B. Kepler, P.W. Sykes, and C.I. Bocetti. 1999. Evaluation of mist net sampling as an index to productivity in Kirtland's warblers. The Auk 116(4):1147-1151.
  • Bocetti, C.I., and D.E. Swayne. 1995. Suggested aviary design and procedures to reduce mortality of captive warblers. Wildlife Soc. Bull. 23(4):723-725.
  • Bocetti, C.I. 1993. Hatching year Kirtland's warbler captured in unusual habitat. Wilson Bull. 105(3): 532-533.
  • Bocetti, C.I. 1993. Techniques for prolonged confinement and transportation of small insectivorous passerines. J. Field Ornith. 65(2): 232-236.
  • Sykes, P.W., C.I. Bocetti, and L.A. Moore. 1993. Male Kirtland's warbler with incubation patch. Wilson Bull. 105(2): 354-356.
  • Trauger, D.L., and C.I. Bocetti. 1993. Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Team effectively coordinates interagency research and management. Endangered Species Technical Bulletin Vol. XVIII(2): 14-17.
  • Swayne, D.E., D. Getzy, R.D. Slemons, C.I. Bocetti, and L. Kramer. 1991. Coccidiosis as a cause of transmural lymphocytic enteritis and mortality in captive Nashville warblers (Vermivora ruficapilla). J. of Wildl. Diseases 26(4):615-620.
  • Bocetti, C.I. 1989. Kirtland's warbler reintroduction study. In At the Crossroads- Extinction or Survival: Proc. Kirtland's Warbler Symposium, February 1989, Lansing, Mich. pp. 63-68.

Affiliated Cal U Departments

  • Smithsonian Institution - Dr. Bocetti was co-principal investigator on a project conducted by Dr. Peter Marra and a Ph.D. student, Sarah Rockwell, studying the linkage between wintering ground habitat quality and breeding ground reproductive performance of endangered Kirtland's Warblers.
  • U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Military Affairs, The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Bahamas National Trust are all important partners with whom Dr. Bocetti works closely to recover the endangered Kirtland's Warbler.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Service Biological Resources Discipline, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and The Conservation Fund are all important partners with whom Dr. Bocetti works closely to recover the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel.

Research Interests

Dr. Bocetti primarily studies the population dynamics of endangered species to determine the habitat conditions that best support the species ability to reproduce and survive. By identifying ideal habitat conditions, she assists land managers to provide the best habitats to recover these endangered species.  In addition, she studies wildlife responses to habitat management efforts.

Student Research Projects

Over the last five years, Dr. Bocetti has placed 16 students in positions to work on Delmarva Fox Squirrels, and 13 students in positions to work on Kirtland's Warblers and other Northern Michigan species. In addition, she has placed four students in positions to study avian abundance, behavior and nesting in Lake Erie marshes that are invaded by two exotic plant species, Phragmites and Typha. She has also placed five additional students in positions to work with colleagues at the West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Md.

Service Learning Projects

  • Contributor and reviewer of Delmarva Fox Squirrel Status Review and Recovery Team meetings.
  • Leader of Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Team and chair of the research committee therein.
  • Adviser of Cal U student chapter of The Wildlife Society

                - conduct annual Family Field Day

                - conduct biological monitoring at Cedar Creek Park

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Environmental Studies
  • B.S. Biology

Contact Information

Email:
Bocetti@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-5967

Office:
Frich Hall 327

Quotable

"I spent 18 years as a researcher in the field of conservation biology/wildlife ecology before I came to Cal U. While the work of a pure scientist was very rewarding, I find the teaching and service work here at Cal U even more rewarding. I feel like I am in the ‘give back' stage of my career, and the mentoring potential in both the classroom and in the field is currently the highlight of my professional life!"

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