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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Cathleen Balantic

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

I am an ecologist broadly interested in methods that support landscape-scale monitoring and management of prioritized natural resources, particularly on public lands. Previously, I have developed methodology for acoustic monitoring of wildlife, including modeling approaches, hardware, and software tools. My current research focuses on developing a national perspective for climate change refugia conservation within the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Recent Publications: (no NECASC pubs yet)

Balantic, C.M., & Donovan, T.M. 2019. Dynamic wildlife occupancy models using automated acoustic monitoring data. Ecological Applications. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1854.

Balantic, C.M., & Donovan, T.M. 2019. Statistical learning mitigation of false positives from template-detected data in automated acoustic wildlife monitoring. Bioacoustics. DOI: 10.1080/09524622.2019.1605309

Balantic, C.M., & Donovan, T.M. 2019. Temporally adaptive acoustic sampling to optimize detection across a suite of focal species. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5579




Ph.D.: Natural Resources (with certificate in Complex Systems), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 2019
Master's: Natural Resource Management, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2014
B.S.: Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2009


Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst


Postdoctoral Associate, University of Vermont, 2019
Avian and Forest Ecology Research Assistant, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, 2013-2016
Teaching Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2014