Gund Fellow, Associate Professor, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Jed Murdoch is a wildlife biologist and faculty member in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program at the University of Vermont. 

Jed’s research interests focus on the behavior and ecology of wildlife with an emphasis on their management and conservation. Much of his experience has focused on large mammals, including carnivores and ungulates, and explored questions related to how human activities affect wildlife. For example, how do activities such as landscape development, climate change, and hunting/poaching affect wildlife populations? He uses a combination of field studies, experimentation, and modeling to address these questions in a variety of areas including here in Vermont, but also Africa and Asia.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Sustainable cashmere production for wildlife and people (Mongolia)
  • Impacts of winter ticks on moose ecology (Vermont)
  • Predicting wildlife distributions in future landscapes (Northeastern USA)
  • Improving rabies vaccinations strategies for wildlife (Vermont)
  • Evaluating road crossing structures for wildlife connectivity (Vermont)
  • Estimating effects of landscape change on carnivores (Mongolia)
  • Modeling carnivore and ungulate abundance (Zambia)
  • American marten genetics, distribution, and connectivity (Northeastern USA)



Associations and Affiliations

  • Trustee, The Nature Conservancy of Vermont
  • Member, IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group
  • Member, Vermont Scientific Advisory Group for Mammals
Gund Fellow Jed Murdoch

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Wildlife biology, animal behavior and ecology, population dynamics, conservation biology, landscape ecology


  • PhD, Zoology, University of Oxford (UK)
  • MSc, Biological Sciences, University of Denver
  • BA, Biology, Colorado College


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Office Location:

303A Aiken Center