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Dr. Danielle Garneau

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Danielle Garneau holds up a musk turtle she found by the lake. They are both smiling.I am a broadly trained ecologist with a focus on wildlife ecology, primarily mammals. At Penn State University my doctoral work addressed movement patterns of black bear in relation to moose parturition in Alaska. I adapted my doctoral research question from pulsed moose prey for brown/black bear and wolves (predator guild) to pulsed mast and their small mammal seed predators to better accommodate student research opportunities. Recently, my research has focused on microplastic pollution in Lake Champlain food webs and wastewater treatment plant effluent, roadkill surveys using a smarphone app, field and molecular surveys of Lyme disease, turtle demographic and home range studies using mark-recapture radio-telemetry techniques, as well as other citizen science endeavors. I have grown my research and teaching skills through participation in projects within the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN).


  • Post-doctoral Teaching/Research Associate 2007–2008, Colgate University, Department of Biology
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Pennsylvania State University, 2000–2005
  • B.S. in Biology, Minor: French, Villanova University (College of Arts and Sciences) 1994–1998

Teaching Areas

  • ENV/BIO 304 — Ecology
  • ENV/BIO 304L— Ecology Lab
  • ENV 430/530 — Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • ENV436/536 — Population and Community Ecology
  • BIO 481/581 — Conservation Biology
  • ENV — Environmental Science Seminar (Advanced Writing Requirement)

Research Areas

  • Microplastic pollution in Lake Champlain (trophic transfer, wastewater)
  • Wildlife response to the Altona Flat Rock sandstone Pavement barren wildlfire
  • Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN)
  • Roadkill surveys using smartphone technology (Epicollect5 app, RoadkillGarneau project)
  • Citizen science
  • Turtle demographic surveys along urbanization gradient
  • Animal movement using GPS and radiotelemetry (painted turtle, black bear, moose)
  • Use of technology in classroom and teaching
  • Lyme Disease Prevalence in Northern NY
  • Northern range expansion of Virginia opossum
  • Small mammal- tree masting community dynamics


(*denotes an undergraduate author)

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