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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 natural resources management and restoration issues. Her research program takes a landscape ecology perspective on conservation and restoration of perturbed ecosystems to address Unit cooperator information needs. Dr. Loftin's program is highly collaborative, involving partnerships with scientists across diverse disciplines, universities, and agencies. Her program bridges terrestrial and aquatic environments, integrating two concentrations: 1) Effects of human-induced stressors on aquatic systems, and 2) Spatial effects of human-caused stressors on natural landscapes.

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. Daniel Hayes, 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 - June 2019)
  • Other - Chair (July 2002 - June 2004)

Research Publications

  • Rolek, B. W., D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2018. Regenerating clearcuts combined with postharvest forestry treatments promote habitat for breeding and post-breeding spruce-fir avian assemblages in the Atlantic Northern Forest. Forest Ecology and Management 427: 392-413. Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.05.068
  • Hoshide, A.K, F.A. Drummond, T. Stevens, E. Venturini, S.P. Hanes, M.M. Sylvia, C.S. Loftin, D.E Yarborough, and A.L. Averill. 2018. What is the value of and who values native bee pollination for wild blueberries and cranberries? Environments. doi:10.3390/environments5090098
  • McKnight, A., E.J. Blomberg, G.H. Golet, D.B. Irons, C.S. Loftin, and S.T. McKinney. 2018. Reproduction incurs long-term breeding costs in a colonial seabird. Journal of Avian Biology. Article DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779; Data DOI:10.5061/dryad.qb3q5f3
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Courses

  • Integration of GIS and remote sensing data analysis in natural resource applications (2018)
  • Integration of GIS and remote sensing data analysis in natural resource applications (2017)
  • Integration of GIS and remote sensing data analysis in natural resource applications (2016)
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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 LoftinUniversity IACUC-Chair (July 2015 - July 2019)
  • 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)
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Technical Publications

  • Loftin, C.S, R.Carey, and K. Goodine. 2018. The Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and University of Maine Department of Wildlife Ecology 2017 Annual Report to Cooperators. 50 pp.
  • Loftin, C.S, R.Carey, and K. Goodine. 2017. The Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and University of Maine Department of Wildlife Ecology 2016 Annual Report to Cooperators. 50 pp.
  • Loman, Z., D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2016. Evaluation of representative bird species’ Landscape Capability models developed by the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project in the 13-state, northeastern region of the United States. Annual report of project activity to the USFWS. 7 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 282

 

Contact Information

Tel: (207) 581 - 2843

Current Students

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