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Dr. Cyndy Loftin

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


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

  • Rolek, B. W., D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 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;
  • Loftin, C.S., M.Q. Guyette, and P.Wetzel. Evaluation of vegetation-fire dynamics in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA, with Bayesian belief networks. Wetlands.10.1007/s13157-018-1033-6
  • Clare, J., S.T. McKinney, C.S. Loftin, and J.E. DePue. Multiple methods improve inferences and evaluate method-specific biases, with extensions for observation dependence. Ecological Applications. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1587
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Integration of GIS and remote sensing data analysis in natural resource applications (2016)
  • Integration of remote sensing and GIS in natural resources management (2015)
  • Integration of remote sensing and GIS in natural resources management (2014)
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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 2017)
  • 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. 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.
  • Rolek, B., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, and P. Wood. 2016. Bird communities of coniferous forests in the Acadian region; their habitat associations and responses to forest management. Annual report to the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. 14pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 275


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