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Daniel J. Hocking, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Hocking

Assistant Professor


309 Compton Science Center

101 Braddock Road

Frostburg, MD 21532-2303


Phone: 301-687-4343 E-Mail: Lab Web:

Curriculum Vitae:



2012 PhD Natural Resources & Environmental Science, University of New Hampshire

2007 MA Biological Sciences, University of Missouri

2003 BS Environmental Science, University of New Hampshire


Courses Taught

General Ecology (BIOL 340), Frostburg State University. Spring, Fall.

Herpetology (BIOL 422/522), Frostburg State University. Spring.

Quantitative Analysis of Vertebrate Populations (BIOL 414/514). Fall.


Research Interests

* Statistical advances for modeling populations (mixed models, estimating equations, hierarchical state-space models using Bayesian inference, and integrated population models)

* Faunal response to land-use (forestry, urbanization, disturbance) and climate change (range shifts, population viability, community structure) at varying spatial scales

* Habitat restoration, creation, and mitigation techniques for successful fish and wildlife population maintenance, enhancement, and reintroduction

* Risk tolerance, value of information, and communicating uncertainty for natural resource management decisions


Selected Publications

Stephens, R.B., D.J. Hocking, M. Yamasaki, and R.J. Rowe. In Press. Synchrony in small mammal community dynamics across a forested landscape. Ecography.

Peterman, W.E., J.A. Crawford, and D.J. Hocking. 2016. Effects of elevation on plethodontid salamander body size. Copeia. 104(1):202-208.

Hocking, D. J. and K. J. Babbitt. 2014. Amphibian Contributions to Ecosystem Services. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 9(1):1-17.

Hocking, D. J. and K. J. Babbitt. 2014. The role of red-backed salamanders on ecosystem functions. PLoS ONE 9(1):e86854.

Hocking, D. J. 2013. Comparing the influence of ecology journals using citation metrics: making sense of a multitude of metrics. Ideas in Ecology & Evolution. 6(1): 55–65.

Hocking, D. J., S. A. Callaghan, K. J. Babbitt, and M. Yamasaki. 2013. Comparison of silvicultural and natural disturbance effects on terrestrial salamanders in northern hardwood forests. Biological Conservation. 167:194-202. [](

Semlitsch, R. D., S. M Blomquist, A. J. K. Calhoun, J.W. Gibbons, J. P. Gibbs, G. J. Graeter, E. B. Harper, D. J. Hocking, M. L. Hunter, D. A. Patrick, T. A. G. Rittenhouse, B. B. Rothermel, and B. D. Todd. 2009. Effects of timber management on amphibian populations: understanding mechanisms from forest experiments. Bioscience 59(10):853-862.

Semlitsch, R. D., C. A. Conner, D. J. Hocking, T. A. G. Rittenhouse, and E. B. Harper. 2008. Effects of timber harvesting on pond-breeding amphibian persistence: testing the evacuation hypothesis. Ecological Applications 18(2):283-289..