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Dr. Cyndy Loftin

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Education

  • Ph D University of Florida 1998
  • MS Auburn University 1987
  • BA University of Virginia 1984

Biography

Dr. Loftin joined the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 1999 as the Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife. She became the Unit Leader in 2011. She holds a graduate faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

Research Interests

Dr. Loftin's interests in systems, landscape, and wetlands ecology drive her research program involving wetlands restoration issues. Her research interest is aquatic ecology with an emphasis on conservation and restoration of perturbed, freshwater systems. The research program encompasses two concentrations: hydrological influences on aquatic vegetation dynamics and identifying effects of selected human-introduced stressors on Maine’s aquatic systems and their inhabitants. Current studies include identifying effects of fish introductions on invertebrate and amphibian communities in Maine's naturally fishless lakes; examining amphibian use of aquatic systems and the surrounding terrestrial landscape; identifying characteristics of wetlands supporting shrubby cinquefoil, host plant for Clayton's copper butterfly; developing algorithms with remote sensing data to estimate water clarity in Maine's lakes; examining uptake of marine derived nutrients by food web components in Atlantic salmon nursery streams; developing methods to remotely monitor disturbance of nesting seabirds; and, studying vegetation response to fire in Okefenokee Swamp, GA.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Loftin teaches a graduate level course (INT527 Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Natural Resource Management; 3 credits lecture and lab) each fall semester at the University of Maine. The course is team taught with Dr. Steven Sader, UMaine School of Forest Resources, and provides instruction on using remote sensing and GIS tools to conduct spatial analysis for projects with a conservation focus.

Professional Society Service

  • Other - Chair (July 2015 - July 2017)

Research Publications

  • Groff, S.C., C.S. Loftin, F.A. Drummond, S. Bushmann, and B.McGill. Spatial prediction of lowbush blueberry native bee pollinators in Maine, USA. to be submitted to Environmental Modeling and Software Download  | 
  • Drahovzal, S.A., C.S. Loftin, and J. Rhymer. 2015. Environmental predictors of shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa) habitat and quality as host for Maine’s endangered Clayton’s copper butterfly (Lycaena dorcas claytoni). Wetlands Ecology and Management, DOI:10.1007/s11273-015-9427-1 Download  | 
  • Groff, L.A., A.L. Pitt, R.F. Baldwin, A.J.K. Calhoun, and C.S. Loftin. 2015. Evaluation of a waistband for attaching external transmitters to anurans. Wildlife Society Bulletin. Download  | 
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Courses

  • Integration of remote sensing and GIS in natural resources management (2015)
  • Integration of remote sensing and GIS in natural resources management (2014)
  • Integration of remote sensing and geographic information systems in natural resources management (2013)
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Maine Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Cyndy LoftinMember, Black Racer Advisory Committee, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (August 2007 - March 2008)
  • Cyndy LoftinMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey (February 2007 - February 2007)

Maine University Committees and Workgroups

  • Cyndy LoftinSearch Committee, Forest Wildlife Faculty (January 2015 - June 2015)
  • Cyndy LoftinWheatland GIS Lab Director and School of Forest Resources Faculty Search (January 2014 - April 2014)
  • Cyndy LoftinNutting hall Building Renovation Committee (January 2011 - June 2013)
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Technical Publications

  • Loftin, C.S, R.Carey, and K. Goodine. 2014. The Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and University of Maine Department of Wildlife Ecology 2013 Annual Report to Cooperators. 50 pp.
  • Loftin, C.S, R.Carey, and K. Goodine. 2013. The Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and University of Maine Department of Wildlife Ecology 2012 Annual Report to Cooperators. 57 pp.
  • Loftin, C.S. and R.Carey. 2012. The Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and University of Maine Department of Wildlife Ecology 2011 Annual Report to Cooperators. 57 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 7

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 15

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 22

Scientific Publications: 62

Presentations: 261

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute