Dr. Aaron M. Haines

Associate Professor, Conservation Biology

Dr. Aaron M. Haines

Contact Information


Office: Caputo 116
Phone: 717-871-7451

Office Hours

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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
BIOL 442 -- Wildlife Ecology & Management

Areas of Specialization:

Conservation and Wildlife Biology. [Millersville University Conservation & Ecology Blog: https://blogs.millersville.edu/conservation/]

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.  

Student Projects: 

I love involving undergraduate students in my research through the Applied Conservation Lab.

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

Haines, A. M., S. Webb and J. Wallace.  In Press.  The Intersection of Wildlife Crime, Forensics and Conservation. In Susan Underkoffler and Hayley R. Adams, editors. Biodiversity Conservation: Addressing Modern Challenges through Multidisciplinary and Forensic Approaches, Springer Nature, Switzerland.

Leu, M., A. Haines, C. Check*, D. Costante*, J. Evans, M. Hollingsworth*, I. Ritrovato*, A. Rydberg*, A. Sandercock*, K. Thomas* and T. Treakle*.  2019 Temporal Analysis of Threats Causing Species Endangerment in the U.S.  Conservation Science and Policy. 1: e78.

Haines, A.M, T. Bridgehouse*, T. and G. Nussbaum*.  2018.  Documenting the Longevity of an Animal Marker Hair Dye on Small Mammals.    Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 92:68-74. 

Haines, A.M., *A. M. Fetterolf, *M. G. Griffin, *T. A. Conrad and S. M. Kennedy.  2017.  Use of soil chemical analysis to detect commercial wildlife game baits.  Human-Wildlife Interactions 11:208-216. 

*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., 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.