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Small and meso mammals and forest community dynamics

Red squirrel eating spruce pollen cone


August 2013 - June 2016


Small and meso mammals are key components in forest communities. This study will address how habitat context (structure, tree species composition, and seed-energy production) shapes the strength of interaction within and among the mammal community, and further, how the mammal community acts to affect forest ecological processes.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



  • Shawn McKinneyPrincipal Investigator
  • Connor WoodStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Maine CRU
  • Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • University of Maine


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey