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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Daniel Hocking

Past Fellow
University of Massachusetts

Research Interests

My broad research interests are in the ecology and conservation of animal populations. I enjoy employing and testing new statistical techniques for understanding species abundances and distributions across various spatial and temporal scales. Further, I employ experiments over a wide variety of scales from the laboratory to aquatic and terrestrial mesocosms to large-scale forest manipulations. The diversity of scales allows for understanding different ecological processes while balancing control and realism. My current research involves modeling the abundance and distribution of fish and salamanders in headwater streams in response to land-use and climate change. These taxa have complex ecological interactions that are likely to be affected by changes in temperature and precipitation patterns. The results of this work are being used in a structured decision making process with stakeholders to improve landscape conservation decisions. I am also working with collaborators on stream temperature modeling and integrating data and results into web applications for natural resource managers.

Daniel now works as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Frostburg State University.


M.A.: Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2007
B.S.: Environmental Conservation, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2003
Ph.D.: Natural Resource & Environmental Conservation, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2012


USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center


Postdoctoral Associate, University of New Hampshire, 2012-2013
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Massachusetts, 2014
Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, US Geological Survey, 2014 to present