Conservation Biology

Dr. Aaron M. Haines

Dr. Aaron M. Haines

Associate Professor of Conservation Biology, Mammalogy, and Ornithology.
Office: Caputo 116
Phone: 871-7451

Office Hours

M: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
T: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
W: 09:00 – 11:00 a.m.
R: 09:00 – 11:00 a.m,

Additional Information


B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife Management, Virginia Tech (1998).
M.S. in Wildlife & Range Management, Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2003).
Ph.D. in Wildlife Science, Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2006).  

Courses Taught:

BIOL 100 – General Biology Lab
BIOL 211 -- Concepts of Zoology
BIOL 415 -- Mammalogy
BIOL 346 -- Ornithology
BIOL 443 -- Conservation Biology

Areas of Specialization:

Conservation and Wildlife Biology. [Millersville University Conservation & Ecology Blog:]

Research Interests & Activities:

My professional research interests involve identifying more effective approaches to implement on the ground conservation strategies to benefit species of conservation concern.  Conservation strategies may include the use of spatial models to identify priority areas in need of protection, mitigation of poaching activity, evaluation of field techniques for conservation research, and evaluation of recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species.  I love involving undergraduate students in my research through the Applied Conservation Lab.

Student Projects: 

A list of student research projects is found on the Student Projects Page.

Recent Selected Publication(s): (*undergraduate student authors)

Haines, A.M., *A. M. Fetterolf, *M. G. Griffin, *T. A. Conrad and S. M. Kennedy.  In Review.  Use of chemical analysis to detect wildlife baiting.  Journal of Human-Wildlife Interactions. 

Haines, A.M., *G. Nussbaum, and *T. Bridgehouse.  In Review.  Longevity of hair dyes used for small mammal research.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 

Haines, A. MIn Press.  Book Review: Canine Olfaction Science and Law: Advances in Forensic Science, Medicine, Conservation, and Environmental Remediation.  Journal of Wildlife Management. 

 *Wolfgang, A.  and A. M. Haines.  2016.  Testing automated call recognition software for  winter bird vocalizations.  Northeastern Naturalist 23: 249-258.  

Janecka, J.E., M.E. Tewes, I.A. Davis, A.M. Haines, A, Caso, T.L. Blankenship, and R.L. Honeycutt.  2016.  Comparative differences in the response to landscape fragmentation by a habitat generalist, the bobcat, and a habitat specialist, the ocelot.  Conservation Genetics              doi:10.1007/s10592-016-0846-1.

Haines, A. M., S. Webb and *F. Meshe.  2016.  A Survey of Wildlife Law Enforcement Needs:Nearly 40 Years Later.  The Wildlife Professional.  October: 34-36.

Haines, A.M., L. I. Grassman and M. E. Tewes.  2016.  Ecological separation and coexistence in a carnivore community in north-central Thailand. In E. Do Linh San, J.J. Sato, J.L. Belant, and M.J. Somers (eds.) Small carnivores in space and time: evolution, ecology, behavior and conservation.   Black/Wiley Publishing.

Haines, A. M.  2015.  Book Review: Wildlife Trafficking: A Deconstruction of the Crime, the Victims and the Offenders.  Journal of Wildlife Management 79: 861-862. 

Haines, A. M., S. Webb and J. Wallace.  2015.  The need for more wildlife law enforcement research: a reduction in wildlife crime means an increase in wildlife conservation. The Wildlife Professional 9:35-37.

*Strauser, K. and A. M. Haines.  2014.  Detection of urine-based deer lures to mitigate CWD transmission in Pennsylvania.  Keystone Journal of Undergraduate Research 2:1-7.

Haines, A. M., M. Zak*, K. Hammond, J. M. Scott, D. D. Goble, and J. L. Rachlow. 2013.  Uncertainty in population estimates for endangered animals and improving the recovery process. Animals:745 - 753

Haines, A. M. and *T. Nauman.  2013.  Soil test signals deer baiting (Field Notes).  The Wildlife Professional 7:68. 

Haines, A. M., D. Elledge, L. Wilsing*, M. Grabe*, D. Barske*, and S. Webb.  2012Spatially-Explicit Analysis of Poaching Activity as a Conservation Management ToolWildlife Society Bulletin 36: 685-692.

Neel, M.C., A. K. Leidner, A. M. Haines, D.D. Goble, and J. M. Scott.   2012.  By the numbers: How is recovery defined by the U.S. Endangered Species Act?  BioScience 62: 646-657. 

Haines, A.M., D. Elledge, L. Wilsing*, M. Grabe*, D. Barske*, and S. Webb.  2012 Spatially-explicit analysis of poaching activity as a conservation management tool. Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Neel, M.C., A. K. Leidner, A. M. Haines, D.D. Goble, and J. M. Scott. 2012.  By the numbers: How is recovery defined by the U.S. Endangered Species Act?  BioScience 62: 646-657. 

Haines, A. M., M. Leu, L. Svancara, J. M. Scott, K. T. Vierling, S. Martinuzzi and T. J. Laninga.  2012.  Incorporating Wildlife Conservation into County Comprehensive Plans: A GIS Approach.  Northwest Science 86: 53-70.