Department Extension Leader
Dr. Paul Curtis serves as Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. He has coordinated the Wildlife Damage Management Program during the past 29 years. His applied research and extension programs have focused on reducing human-wildlife conflicts in agricultural and suburban landscapes. His work includes community-based wildlife management issues and public policy education.
Primary research activities include evaluation of wildlife behavior and population ecology. Various applied management techniques for reducing human-wildlife conflicts and potential disease transmission have been investigated. A primary focus is wildlife fertility control and population management. Also, I am testing novel methods for reducing wildlife damage to agricultural crops and forest regeneration.
Outreach and Extension Focus
The long-term goal of the Wildlife Damage Management Program is to reduce conflicts, economic losses, and human health and safety concerns caused by wildlife in both agricultural and suburban landscapes. Core programming deals with reducing negative wildlife impacts in New York and nationally. Extension activities include a variety of publications, videos, and web resources. Current projects focus on training for wildlife professionals, and a citizen-science project to evaluate deer-forest impacts.
Courses Professor Curtis teaches include applied wildlife science and population ecology (NTRES 4280/6280). He also mentors undergraduate research interns interested in field studies.
Wildlife ecology and management, wildlife behavior and population ecology
Awards and Honors
- Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (2017) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
- Educator of the Year (2012) National Wildlife Control Operator's Association
Presentations and Activities
- Urban deer management and the Cornell IDRM Program. Ohio Wildlife Conference. January 2017. Ohio Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Ohio DNR. Columbus, Ohio.