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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: 99

Masters Students: 225

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 247

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 658

Scientific Publications: 1872

Presentations: 4186



  • 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