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Associate Professor
Wildlife Fisheries & Biology
Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:behavioral ecology; ungulates; forest management impact on wildlife; wildlife population genetics
Biography:Hirth is associate professor in the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. His research focus is on behavioral ecology with primary interest in ungulates as well as the impact of forest management practices on wildlife populations, and population genetics. His research experience covers white-tailed deer, fallow deer, song birds, coyotes, foxes, and black bears. Among grants are: "Impact of ski area development on black bears in southern Vermont," 1990-1993, Stratton Corporation and U.S. Forest Service through Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept. ($120,000), 1990-93; "Population ecology of bobcats at the Welder Wildlife Refuge in south Texas: a genetic analysis," Welder Wildlife Foundation ($23,000), co-investigator. Among Hirth's published works are: "Behavioral ecology" (in Large Mammals of North America, Prentice-Hall, 1999); and, "Impact of moose bark stripping on mountain ash in Vermont" (Alces, 2000, co-author). He is a member of the Conservation Commission, Town of Hinesburg, Vermont.