Associate Professor, Director of Wildlife & Fisheries Biology Program

I am a native Vermonter and was born and raised in Chittenden County. My research interests focus on the behavior and ecology of mammalian carnivores with an emphasis on their management and conservation. Much of my experience has focused on the Canidae, including foxes, wild dogs, and wolves, and explored aspects of their sociality, demography, ranging behavior, food habits, and abundance and distribution. My current research examines the ecological relationships between steppe carnivores in Mongolia, including corsac foxes, red foxes, badgers, and Pallas' cats, and the effectiveness of management strategies at protecting them. Other projects relate to the effects of landscape change on carnivores in Vermont and impacts of snaring on elephants, wild dogs, and lions in Zambia.

I serve as Programme Coordinator for the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group (based at WildCRU - University of Oxford) and team member of the Zambian Carnivore Programme.  I also serve as a member of the Vermont Scientific Advisory Group for Mammals and Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Vermont.


Selected Publications

  • Aylward, C., J. Murdoch, and C. W. Kilpatrick. 2018. Genetic legacies of translocation and relictual populations of American marten at the southeastern margin of their distribution. Conservation Genetics.
  • Espenshade, J., J. Murdoch, T. Donovan, R. Manning, C. Bettigole, and J. Austin. 2018. Public acceptability of development in the Northern Forest of Vermont, USA – the influence of wildlife information, recreation involvement, and demographic characteristics. PLoS ONE 13(12): e0203515.
  • Abouelezz, H., T. Donovan, J. Murdoch, R. Mickey, M. Freeman, and K. Royar.  2018.  Landscape composition mediates movement and habitat selection in bobcats (Lynx rufus): Implications for conservation planning.  Landscape Ecology 33:1301-1318.
  • Aylward, C., J. Murdoch, T. Donovan, C. W. Kilpatrick, and C. Bernier. 2018. Estimating distribution and connectivity of recolonizing American marten in the northeastern United States using expert elicitation techniques. Animal Conservation 21:483-495.
  • Kalbfleisch, T., B. Murdoch, T. Smith, J. Murdoch, M. Heaton, and S. McKay.  2018.  A SNP resource for studying North American moose.  F1000Research 7:40, doi: 10.12688/f1000research.13501.1.
  • Murdoch, J., R. Reading, S. Amgalanbaatar, G. Wingard, and B. Lkhagvasuren.  2017.  Ecological interactions shape the distribution of a cultural ecosystem service: Argali sheep (Ovis ammon) in the Gobi-Steppe of Mongolia.  Biological Conservation 209:315-322.
  • Ekernas, L. S., W. M. Sarmento, H. S. Davie, R. P. Reading, J. Murdoch, G. J. Wingard, S. Amgalanbaatar, and J. Berger.  2017.  Desert pastoralists’ negative and positive effects on rare wildlife in the Gobi.  Conservation Biology 31:269-277.
  • M’soka, J., S. Creel, M. Becker, and J. Murdoch.  2017.  Ecological and anthropogenic effects on the density of migratory and resident ungulates in a human-inhabited protected area.  African Journal of Ecology 55:618-631.
Jed Murdoch

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional program: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Research: Wildlife ecology, conservation biology


  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Oxford (UK), 2009
  • M.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Denver, 2003
  • B.A., Biology, Colorado College, 1996


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Office Location:

303A Aiken Center

Courses Taught

  • WFB 283  Terrestrial Wildlife
  • WFB 275 Wildlife Behavior
  • WFB 224 Conservation Biology
  • WFB 150 Wildlife Habitat and Population Measurements
  • NR 103 Ecology, Ecosystems and Environment