Associate Professor

I am a wildlife biologist and joined the Rubenstein School in 2009. My research interests focus on the behavior and ecology of wildlife with an emphasis on their management and conservation. Much of my experience has focused on large mammals, including carnivores and ungulates, and explored aspects of their sociality, demography, food habits, ranging behavior, and activity patterns. I am also interested in understanding how human activities affect wildlife. For example, how do activities such as landscape development, climate change, and hunting/poaching affect wildlife populations? I use 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.

I serve on the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Vermont and as a member of the Vermont Scientific Advisory Group for Mammals and IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group.


Selected Publications

  • Aylward, C., J. Murdoch, and C. W. Kilpatrick.  2020.  Multiscale landscape genetics of American marten at their southern range periphery.  Heredity 124:550-561.
  • Pearman-Gillman, S., M. Duveneck, J. Murdoch, and T. Donovan.  2020. Drivers and consequences of alternative landscape futures on wildlife distributions in New England, United States. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8:164 doi: 10.3389/fevo.2020.00164.
  • Pearman-Gillman, S., J. Katz, R. Mickey, J. Murdoch, and T. Donovan.  2020.  Predicting wildlife distribution patterns in New England USA with expert elicitation techniques.  Global Ecology and Conservation 21:e00853.
  • Aylward, C., J. Murdoch, and C. W. Kilpatrick. 2019. Genetic legacies of translocation and relictual populations of American marten at the southeastern margin of their distribution. Conservation Genetics 20:275-286.
  • Cardinale, B., R. Primack, and J. Murdoch.  2019.  Conservation Biology, 1st edition.  Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • 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


  • 802 656-2912
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