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Current Projects


It’s getting hot in here: thermal refuge use by Brown Trout

The availability and use of thermal refuges (i.e., an area with preferential temperatures that is not in a fish’s normal habitat) throughout a riverscape is a concern for cold-water fish in temperate regions, particularly during the summer.

Bobcats: the ‘unseen’ cat in your backyard

How can a secretive predator live near millions of people? There are many parts to this question and the CT Bobcat Project was initiated to enhance our understanding of how bobcats live in close proximity to people.


Past Projects

Harvesting trees within wetlands!?!?

Forest managers have nearly stopped harvesting trees within wetlands, because large equipment damages wetlands soils and water quality.  It’s a conservation success story.  Yet- are these forested wetlands healthy?   This project uses a combination of wildlife monitoring and silviculture techniques to find out.

When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote these words, he certainly did not have Brook Trout in mind. However, the rangers from Tolkien’s renowned fantasy trilogy share a strikingly similarity with these cold-water fish...SHOW MORE

In today’s price-tag society, it seems like money can buy anything. However, modern conservationists often face a much different reality...SHOW MORE

Globally, fishing remains a subsistence activity. Fish are a food staple for many communities, therefore, fishermen and women keep what they catch. However, increasing food security has changed the fate fish in many developed nations. The use of non-market fisheries in the United States have been undergoing a transformation - from subsistence to recreation. Over the past century, recreational fishing for some species has increasingly shifted to catch-and-release dominated practices...SHOW MORE

Bear populations in Connecticut are making a comeback! But what does that mean for people and bears who are not used to interacting? How many bears are there? Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse and PhD student Mike Evan in collaboration with the CT DEEP Wildlife Division are studying this expanding population by...SHOW MORE

New England cottentails have become the flagship species in Connecticut for early successional habitat, which has been declining for decades in the state. In collaboration with CT DEEP Wildlife Division, Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse and student Kelly O'Connor are studying survival of New England cottontail where they come in contact with another cottontail species...SHOW MORE