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Dr. Angela Fuller

Angela Fuller, Assistant Leader, Wildlife


  • Ph D University of Maine 2006
  • MS University of Maine 1999
  • BS University of Maine at Machias 1996


Angela is a Research Wildlife Biologist and the Leader of the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University

Research Interests

The single unifying theme of my research program that transcends all projects is that they provide information that contributes to the conservation or management of wildlife species and that has an impact on the way species are managed. The first area of my research is on how spatial variation in the environment influences resource use, movements, and population ecology of mammals. This research is focused primarily on mammalian carnivores, which have many traits that make them especially susceptible to landscape change (e.g., large home ranges, relatively low population densities, and long dispersal distances). I frequently use non-invasive sampling methods that do not require direct capture of individuals. Using these noninvasively collected samples from carnivores, I employ methods for population estimation that incorporate spatial or landscape processes to help explain the density of species across a landscape. The second major program area of my research is in applying structured decision making (SDM) and adaptive management to guide natural resource management and policy outcomes. SDM is a process for helping to make management or policy decisions in a clear and transparent way, and involves evaluating how well alternative management strategies do at achieving objectives that have been identified by the decision maker and stakeholders. This work integrates quantitative modeling to help predict outcomes of the management strategies that were developed to achieve the stated objectives. Both of my research areas involve the spatial ecology of species, investigating how spatial landscape patterns influence the distribution, density, or dynamics of animal populations.

Teaching Interests

Decision Making for Natural Resources, Landscape Ecology, Habitat Ecology, Forest Landscape Planning

Professional Society Service

  • The Wildlife Society - TWS Nominating Committee, Northeast Representative (August 2016 - October 2018)
  • The Wildlife Society - Nominating and Elections Committee, College and University Wildlife Education Working Group, The Wildlife Society (September 2012 - September 2013)
  • Other - Co-Chair, Student Activities Committee, 2013 Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference (May 2012 - May 2013)
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Research Publications

  • Decker, D.J., J.F. Organ, A.B. Forstchen, M.V. Schiavone, and A.K. Fuller. 2018. Wildlife management is science based: myth or reality? The Wildlife Professional 12(4): 30-32.
  • Miller, J.R.B., R.T. Pitman, G.K.H. Mann, A.K. Fuller, and G.A. Balme. 2018. Lions and leopards coexist without spatial, temporal or demographic effects of interspecific competition. Journal of Animal Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12883
  • Sutherland, C., A.K. Fuller, J.A. Royle, and S. Madden. 2018. Large-scale variation in density of an aquatic ecosystem indicator species. Scientific Reports. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-26847-x
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Topics in Design and Analysis of Camera Trapping Studies (2018)
  • Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management (2017)
  • Landscape Genetics (2016)
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New York Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Angela FullerChair, Machine and Statistical Learning for Conservation, Poverty, Engergy, and Climate. CompSust 2016. (July 2016 - July 2016)
  • Angela FullerModerated session on Ecology and Habitat Relationships of Mammals (October 2015 - October 2015)
  • Angela FullerCo-Organizer, 2012 Adaptive Management Conference Series (September 2011 - 2012)
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New York University Committees and Workgroups

  • Angela FullerVice Chair, Faculty Advisory Board, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (September 2017 - September 2018)
  • Angela FullerProposal Reviewer, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications (October 2017 - October 2017)
  • Angela FullerAd Hoc Postdoctoral Associate and Visiting Scholar Integration Committee (September 2016 - October 2017)
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Technical Publications

  • Robinson, K.F., A.K. Fuller, J.E. Hurst, B. Swift, A. Kirsch, J. Farquhar. 2015. A structured decision making approach to white-tailed deer buck harvest management in New York State. Summary of Findings to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany NY. 207 pp.
  • Robinson, K.F., A.K. Fuller, M. V. Schiavone, and B. Swift. 2015. A structured decision making approach to mitigating wild turkey population decline in New York State. Summary of Findings to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY. 27 pp.
  • Royle, J.A. and A.K. Fuller. 2015. Spatial Capture-Recapture Models to Estimate Abundance and Density of Animal Populations. IPDS: IP-053995
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 109

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute