About

Name

Donald P. Althoff, Ph.D., CWB

Title

Professor of Wildlife Conservation

Alternate Title A

Coordinator Wildlife Conservation Program

Department/School

School of Mathematics & Natural Science

Email

dalthoff@rio.edu

Building

McKenzie Hall

Phone

(740) 245-7148

Location

Rio Grande Main Campus

Education

Education

Ph.D. 1983  PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY    Major in Wildlife Ecology
M.S.  1978  UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA                   Major in Wildlife Sciences
B.S.   1976  OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY                       Major in Wildlife Management

Research Information

Research Interests

Wildlife Ecology and Management with focus on development and evaluation of field methods along with studies of a variety of vertebrates including southern flying squirrels, eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, bats (specifically acoustic monitoring), kestrels, Cope’s treefrogs and spotted salamanders.

Publications

Publications

Althoff, D.P., K.A. Blecha, P.B. Woodford, and P.S. Gipson.  2012.  Use of low-level aerial
photography for delineation of biological and physical features of a Tallgrass prairie.
Pages 31-38 in D. Williams, B. Butler, and D.D. Smith editors. Restoring a National
Treasure. Proceedings of the Twenty-Second North American Prairie Conference 2010
August 1-5; Cedar Falls, IA. University of Northern Iowa. 238 Pages.

Limb, R.F., T.G. Bidwell, D.P. Althoff, A.B. Anderson, P.S. Gipson, and H.R. Howard.
2010. Replacing natural biopedturbation in grassland with anthropogenic focal
disturbance. Plant Ecology 210:331-342.

Rivers, J.W. P.S. Gipson, D.P. Althoff, and J. S. Pontius.  2010.  Long-term community dyanmaics of
small landbirds with and without exposure to extensive disturbance from military training
activities.  Environmental Management 45:203-216.

Limb, R.F. D.M. Engle, S.D. Fuhlendorf , D.P. Althoff, and P.S. Gipson. 2010. Altered herbivore
distribution associated with focal disturbance. Rangeland Ecology and Management 63:253-257.

Althoff, D.P., P.S. Gipson, J.S. Pontius, and R.D.Japuntich.  2009.  Evaluation of a index to
estimate grasshopper sparrow and eastern meadowlark reproductive success.  Wildlife Biology in
Practice 5:33-44.

Althoff, D.P., P.S. Gipson, G. Meggers, D. Hilley, and J.Sellers. 2008.  White-tailed deer
spotlight survey trends on Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, 1989-2005.  Pages 297-306
in J. T. Springer and E.C. Springer, editors, Proceedings of the 20th North American Prairie
Conference. University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska.

Japuntich, R.D., D.P. Althoff, P.S. Gipson, and J.S. Pontius. 2008.  Monitoring small landbird
communities in tallgrass prairie:  an assessment of strip-transect and fixed-radius point
counts.  Pages 341-348 in J. T. Springer and E.C. Springer, editors, Proceedings of the 20th
North American Prairie Conference. University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska.

Conard, J.M., J.A. Baumgardt, P.S. Gipson, and D.P. Althoff.  2008.  The influence of trap
density and duration on the detection of small mammal species richness.  Acta
Theriologica 53(2):143-156.

Althoff, D.P., P.S. Althoff, N.D. Lambrecht, P.S. Gipson, J.S. Pontius, and P.B. Woodford.  2007.
Soil properties and perceived disturbance of grasslands subjected to mechanized military
training:  evaluation of an index.  Land Degradation and Development  18:269-288.

Wang, G, G. Gertner, A.B. Anderson, H. Howard, D. Gebhart, D. Althoff, T. Davis, and P. Woodford.
2007.  Spatial variability and temporal dynamics analysis of soil erosion due to military
land use activities:  uncertainty and implications for land management.  Land Degradation
and Development 18:519-542

Hubbard, R.D., D.P. Althoff, K.A. Blecha, B.A. Bruvold, and R.D. Japuntich.  2006.  Nest site
characteristics of eastern meadowlarks and grasshopper sparrows in tallgrass prairie at theFort
Riley Military Installation, Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 109(3/4):
168-174.

Althoff, D.P., P.S. Gipson, J.S. Pontius, and P.B. Woodford.  2006.  Plant community and bare
ground trends on Fort Riley, Kansas:  implications for monitoring of a highly disturbed landscape.
Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 109(3/4):101-119.

Althoff, D.P., J.W. Rivers, J.S. Pontius, P.S. Gipson, and P.B. Woodford. 2004.  A comprehensive
approach to identifying monitoring priorities of small landbirds on military installations.
Environmental Management 34(6):887-902.

Rivers, J.W., D.P.Althoff, P.S. Gipson, and J.S. Pontius.  2003.  Evaluation of a reproductive index to
estimate dickcissel reproductive success.  Journal of Wildlife Management 67:137-144.

Murphy, R. K., B. R. Casler, K. A. Smith, and D.P. Althoff.  2001.  Reproduction and spacing of piping
plovers breeding at high density at Appam Lake, North Dakota. Wilson Bulletin 113:331-335.

Althoff, D.P. and P.S. Althoff. 2001.  Monitoring southern flying squirrel populations with nest boxes.
Ohio Journal of Science 101(2):2-11.

Vertrees, A, W.K. Tao, S.D. Pencil, J.P. Sites, D.P. Althoff, J.B. Zwischenberger.  1996. Induction of
whole body hyperthemia with venovenous perfusion.  ASAIO Journal 42 (4): 250-254.

Althoff, D.P., G. L. Storm, T. W. Collins, and V. B. Kuechle.  1989. Remote sensing system
for monitoring animal activity, temperature, and light.  Proceedings 10th International Symposium
on Biotelemetry, pp116-124.  Fayetteville, AR.

Althoff, D.P. and G. L. Storm.  1989.  Daytime spatial characteristics of adult cottontail rabbits in central
Pennsylvania.  Journal of Mammalogy 70:820-824.

Althoff, D.P. and G. L. Storm.  1985.  A chase-and-ferret method for recapturing Eastern radio-tagged
cottontail rabbits.  Proceedings of Pennsylvania Academy of Science  59(1):41-42.

Althoff, D.P.  1983.  Daytime home range, habitat selection, and microenvironments used by cottontail
rabbits in central Pennsylvania.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State Univerity.  167pp.

Althoff, D.P. and P. S. Gipson.  1981.  Coyote family spatial relationships with reference to poultry
losses.  Journal of Wildlife Management 45(3):641-649.

Althoff, D.P.  1980.  Den and den site characteristics of coyote (Canis latrans) in southeastern
Nebraska.  Transactions of Nebraska Academy of Science  8:9-14.

Andelt, W.F., D.P. Althoff, R.M. Case, and P.S. Gipson.  1980. Surplus-killing by coyotes.  Journal
of Mammalogy  61(3):377-378.

Andelt, W.F., D.P. Althoff, and P.S. Gipson.  1979.  Movements of breeding coyotes with emphasis
on den site relationships. Journal of Mammalogy 60(3):568-575.

Bildstein, K.L and D.P. Althoff.  1979.  Responses of white-footed mice and meadow voles to flyovers
of an aerial predator silhouette.  Ohio Journal of Science  79(5):212-217.

Althoff, D.P.  1979.  Camouflaged coyote den entrances.  Prairie Naturalist  11(1):23-25.

Althoff, D.P.  1978.  Social and spatial relationships of coyote families and neighboring coyotes.
M.S. Thesis,  University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  80pp.

Presentations & Lectures

Presentations

Miller, R.S., D.P. Althoff, C.J. Morgan, A.L. Maxwell, J.R. Schwartz, C.F. Stanley, W.E. Snodgrass,
and J.A. Blazer.  2018. Relationship between digial image pixel counts and aquatic vertebrate
biomass: the 5-gallon bucket technique.  25th Ohio Natural History Conference, February 24; Cleveland, Ohio. Poster.

Snodgrass, W.E., D.P. Althoff, P.L. Verga, E.T. Brandt, F.R. DePalma, D.M. Edens, C.F. Stanley,N.M. Richmond,
L.M. Williams, and A.A. Shields.  Use of Lindgren funnel traps to assess
arthropod diversity in a hardwood forest:  clear vs. yellow jar solution results.  25th Ohio Natural
History Conference, February 24; Cleveland, Ohio. Poster.

Williams, L.M., D.P. Althoff, and R.L. Hopkins, II.  2018.  GIS-based analysis of land cover types
associated with kestrel occupancy of nest boxes in southeast Ohio.  25th Ohio Natural
History Conference, February 24; Cleveland, Ohio. Poster.

Maxwell, A.L., D.P. Althoff, J.A. Blazer, R.S. Miller, C.J. Morgan, C.F. Stanley, J.R. Schwartz, and
W.E. Snodgrass.  2018. Assessing spot symmetry of spotted salamanders:  the impact of training on
accuracy of spot counts. 25th Ohio Natural History Conference, February 24; Cleveland, Ohio. Poster.

Edens, D.M. D.P. Althoff, and L.M. Williams.  2018  Assessing incuation status of songbird eggs using
FLIR technology.  25th Ohio Natural History Conference, February 24; Cleveland, Ohio.
Poster.

Miller, K.A., D.P. Althoff, and J.D. Maxwell.  2018.  Stability of dorsal pattern and experimentally-
induced color change observed for captive Cope’s gray treefrogs. 25th Ohio Natural History
Conference, February 24; Cleveland, Ohio. Poster.

Althoff, D.P. and K.M. Roberts.  2017.  Activity patterns of tri-colored bats (Perimyotis subflavus)
in southeastern Ohio. 24th Ohio Natural History Conference, February 25; Columbus, Ohio.
Poster.

Blazer, J.A. and D.P. Althoff.  2017.  Does big brown and Eastern red bat presence correlate with
estimates of canopy coverage? 24th Ohio Natural History Conference, February 25; Columbus,
Ohio. Poster.

Althoff, D.P. and K.M. Roberts.  2017.  Acoustic survey designs for detecting bat presence
in Southeastern Ohio:  How many nights do I monitor?  6th Annual Ohio Bat Working Group
Meeting, January 24; Columbus, Ohio.

Manning, J.D., D.P. Althoff, A.L. Balter, and G.J. Dietsch.  2016. First year survival of broadcast-
planted oak and hickory seeds in a reverted agricultural field. Presented at the 8th Annual
Meeting of the Midwest Great Lakes Society for Ecological Restoration, April 1-3; Bloomington,
Indiana.  Poster.

Cordle, B.S. and D.P. Althoff.  2016.  Midstory canopy arthropod diversity using Lindgren
funnel traps and sticky boards.  Presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, February 27;
Columbus, Ohio.  Poster.

Dearth, K.S. and D.P. Althoff.  2016.  Estimating canopy closure:  a comparison of spherical
densitometer vs. digital image methodology.  Presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference,
February 27; Columbus, Ohio.  Poster.

Merkle, A.T., D.P. Althoff, J.D. Maxwell, and K.M. Roberts. 2016.  Influence of sampling
duration on detection of bats in southeastern Ohio. Presented at the Ohio Natural History
Conference, February 27; Columbus, Ohio.  Poster.

Severs, K.A. and D.P. Althoff.  2016.  Detection and Activity patterns of hoary bats (Lasiurus
cinereus) in Southeastern Ohio. Presented at Ohio Natural History Conference, February 27;
Columbus, Ohio.  Poster.

Lehr, B.R., D.P. Althoff, and D.R. Webb.  2015.  Evaluation of granular repellents to deter
southern flying squirrel occupancy.  Presented at 75th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference,
9-10 February; Indianapolis, Indiana.  Poster session.

Althoff, D.P. and B.R. Lehr.  2015.  Integrating drone technology into conservation research and
Management:  opportunities and limitations.  Co-presented at the 55th Ohio Fish and Wildlife
Conference, Febuary 6; Columbus, Ohio.

Barrows, H.J. III and D.P. Althoff (presenter).  2014. Monitoring kestrel occupancy and
productivity using nest boxes in southeast Ohio.  Presented at the 54th Ohio Fish and Wildlife
Conference, January 31; Columbus, Ohio.

Althoff, D.P.  2013. Improved techniques for handling southern flying squirrels. Presented at the
Ohio Natural History Conference, February 23; Columbus, Ohio. Poster.

Althoff, D.P. and P.S. Gipson.  2008.  Breeding chronology and reproductive success of grasshopper
sparrows and eastern meadowlarks on a military training landscape: implications for management.
Presented at the Society for Range Management Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky. Poster.

Althoff, D.P.  2006.  Fort Riley RTLA Protocol:  Development and Direction.  Invited paper
presented at the 15th Annual ITAM (Integrated Training Area Management) Workshop,
Manhattan, Kansas.

Althoff, D.P., R.D. Japtunich, P.S. Gipson, and J.S. Pontius.  2005.  Reproductive success of
grasshopper sparrows on a military installation.  Presented at the 12th Annual Conference
of the Wildlife Society, Madison, Wisconsin.

Althoff, D.P. P.S. Althoff, J.S. Pontius, P.S. Gipson, and P.B. Woodford.  2005.  Identification of soil
characteristics that facilitate assessment of ecosystem health on training lands.  Presented at the
15h  Annual ITAM (Integrated Training Area Management) Workshop, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Baumgardt, J.A., J.M. Conard, P.S. Gipson, D.P. Althoff, J.S. Pontius, and P.B. Woodford.
Relationships between sampling effort and estimates of small mammal population parameters on
Fort Riley, KS. Presented at the 13th Annual ITAM Workshop, San Francisco, California.

Japuntich, R.D., D.P. Althoff, P.S. Gipson, and J.S. Pontius. 2004.  Strip-transect and fixed radius point-
count surveys for birds at Fort Riley Military Installation, KS.  Presented at the 13th Annual ITAM
Workshop, San Francisco, California.

Althoff, D.P., P.S. Gipson, J.S. Pontius, and P.B. Woodford.  2004.  Use of a low-level aerial photography
system to document disturbance and vegetation coverage on LCTA plots.  Presented at the 13th
Annual ITAM Workshop, San Francisco, California

Althoff, D.P.  2004.  Fragmentation:  At-risk landscapes due to invasive plants species.  Presented at the
Annual Kansas-Missouri Meeting of the Society  of Range Management, Auburn, Kansas.

Althoff, D.P., P.S. Gipson, J.S. Pontius, and P.B. Woodford. 2003. Using LCTA vegetation data to
monitor trends on Fort Riley:  Caveats from a conservative analysis approach.  Presented at the
12th Annual ITAM Workshop, El Paso, Texas.

Althoff, D.P., J.S. Pontius, P.S. Gipson, and P.B. Woodford.. 2003. An index of change and loess graphs:
tools for analysis and interpretation of LCTA data.  Presented at the 12thAnnual ITAM Workshop,
El Paso, Texas.

Rivers, J.W., D. P. Althoff, P.S. Gipson, J.S. Pontius, and A. Abuzenineh.  2001. Evaluation of an index
method to measure dickcissel breeding success in Northeastern Kansas.  Presented at the 63rd
Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.

Althoff, D.P., J.W. Rivers, P.S. Gipson, P.B. Woodford, and J.S. Pontius.  2001. Evaluation of long-term
population trends of small landbirds on Fort Riley Military Installation, Kansas.  Presented at the
8th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Reno, Nevada.

Althoff, D.P., J. W. Rivers, P.S. Gipson, P.B. Woodford, and J.S. Pontius. 2001. Monitoring and
evaluating long-term population trends of small landbirds on Fort Riley, Kansas, 1991-2000.
Presented at the 10th Annual ITAM Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee.

Althoff, D.P. and P.S. Althoff.  2000.  Feasibility of using nest boxes to monitor southern flying squirrel     populations.  Presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists,
University of New Hampshire, Durham.

Althoff, D.P. 1999. Piping plover productivity on alkali lakes, Crosby Wetland District, North Dakota,
1999.    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Des Lacs Regional Office, Kenmare, North Dakota.     16pp.

Althoff, D.P. 1998.  Wildlife Management: Lab & Field. 3rd edition. Jomidon Inc., Lancaster, OH. 194pp.
Schneider, D., D.P. Althoff, P.S. Althoff, and K. Enterline.  1998.  Spring surveys of amphibians in
southeast Ohio, 1995-1997.  Presented at 38th Ohio Fish and Wildlife Conference, Columbus, OH.

Althoff, D.P.  1996.   A directional felling technique for timber harvesting and thinning:  its implications
for forest wildlife.  Presented at 58th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conf., Omaha, NE

Althoff, D.P.  1996. Ecology of southern flying squirrels in southeast Ohio. Presented at 3rd Annual Ohio
Wildlife Diversity Conference, Nelsonville, OH.

Althoff, D.P. 1996.  Wildlife management I – lab manual, 2nd edition. Jomidon Inc., Lancaster, OH.102pp.

Althoff, D.P. and G. L. Storm.  1985.  Daytime microenvironments used by cottontail rabbits in central
Pennsylvania.  Lagomorph Population Dynamics and Relevance to Management Symposium.
4th International  Therio. Congress,  Alberta, Canada.

Althoff, D.P. and G. L. Storm.  1984.  Daytime microenvironments used by cottontail rabbits in central
Pennsylvania.  Presented at 46th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference,  Indianapolis, IN.

Althoff, D.P.   1983.  Wild Canis in Ohio:  What can we expect? Presented at 23rd Ohio Fish and
Wildlife Conference, Columbus, OH.

Althoff, D.P.  1983.  Daytime home range, habitat selection, and microenvironments used by cottontail

Althoff, D. P., G. L. Storm, and G. M. Kelly.  1981.  Seasonal home range and habitat selection of
cottontail rabbits in central Pennsylvania.  Presented at 21st Ohio Fish and Wildlife Conference,
Columbus, OH.

Althoff, D. P. and P. S. Gipson.  1981.  Influence of wind on coyote movements:
A hypothesis.  Presented at 61st Annual Society of Mammalogists Meeting, Oxford, OH

Lectures

Southeast Ohio Woodland Interest Group.  August 2017.  Southern Flying Squirrels:  Facts About and
Fascination with a Woodland Wonder.  Athens, Ohio.
Hocking College Wildlife Club.  November 2016.  Southern Flying Squirrel Ecology.  Nelsonville,
Ohio.
Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference.  March 2016.  Southern Flying Squirrels:  Woodland Mavericks.
Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio University Biological Sciences EcoSeminar Series.  November 2010. Breeding chronology and         success of grasshopper sparrows and eastern meadowlarks on a military landscape:  Implications
for management.
Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference.  March 2007.  Gliding Glaucomys: southern flying squirrels.
Columbus, Ohio
Kansas State University Seminar Series.  March 2002. Population trends of small landbirds on Fort Riley
Military Installation 1991-2002.
Kansas State University Human Wildlife Conflicts course.  November 2001. Brucellosis:  the dynamics
of cattle-elk-bison management to minimize disease spread.

RIO GRANDE SCHOOL OF SCIENCES SEMINAR/COLLOQUIUM PRESENTATIONS
The Wind Hypothesis: Gleaning Evidence From The Zanesville Exotic Animal Release. March 2012.
Reproductive Success of Grasshopper Sparrows and Eastern Meadowlarks on a Military Training
Landscape:  Implications for Management. March 2011.

Honors & Awards

Honors

University of Rio Grande Edwin A. Jones Excellence in Teaching Award (2013-2014)
University of Rio Grande Excellence in Scholarship Faculty Award (2012-2013)
U.S. Army Environmental Center Service Award for Integrated Training Management (ITAM) Program
Issued by Tony Francis, Colonel U.S Army (2006)
Roger Latham Outstanding Graduate Student in Wildlife and Fisheries, Pennsyvlania State University
1981

Awards

see attached CV

Experience & Service

Experience

see attached CV

Service

Mentor—to Lynsey Saber, River Valley High School Seminar Project:  Tiger conservation.  (2018)

Volunteer—advisor to the University of Rio Grande Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (2011-
present), guided process to attain status as an official TWS affiliate

Volunteer—co-advisor to the Hocking College Wildlife Club, guided process to attain status as a
Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (1996-1997)

Volunteer—Acoustic Monitoring Survey of Bats in Vinton county, Ohio for the Ohio Divison of Wildlife
(July 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018)

Volunteer—U.S. Fish and Wildlife Annual Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) 50-stop route, Gallia County, OH
July 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018)

Volunteer—Southern flying squirrel field techniques training session for Kansas State University
Undergraduates (August 2013)

Volunteer–provided field assistance to studies of red fox spatial
relations (NE), muskrat den site selection (NE), woodcock singing census and habitat quantification
(PA), white-tailed deer health status and population dynamics (WV), ring-necked pheasant habitat
use (OH), songbird nesting success on CRP land (OH), bat distribution (OH), and swift fox
distribution (SD), hemlock sampling (OH).

Volunteer Judge—Ohio Academy of Science District Competition, Rio Grande, OH.  March 2017.

Volunteer Judge–Kansas Junior Academy of Science District Competition, Kansas Chapter of The

Editorial Review–served as peer reviewer for manuscripts submitted for publication to the Journal of
Mammalogy, Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Society Bulletin, Journal of Fish and
Wildlife Management, American Midland Naturalist, Environmental Management, Range Ecology
and Management,  Journal of Environmental Management, Proceedings of the 20th North American
Prairie Conference, Proceedings of the 22nd  North American Prairie Conference, Acta
Theriologica, and Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, Southwestern Naturalist,
Northeast Naturalist

Public speaking–presented wildlife ecology-oriented subject matter to elementary school classes,
conservation organizations, and sportsmen’s clubs on multiple ocassions.
2013 – Gallipolis Garden Club; 2014 – Garden Clubs of Gallipolis Combined Session,
2015 – Ohio State University – A Day in the Woods Series – Southern Flying Squirrels Part I
2016 – Jackson Lion’s Club – Rio EcoMonitoring Project
2017 – Ohio State University—A Day in the Woods Series – Southern Flying Squirrels Part II
Field Activity—checking southern flying squirrel boxes with
2014- 2016 Jackson High School biology students (January 2014 and 2015); erected southern
flying squirrel and songbird nest boxes (December 2016)

Certifications

Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB), The Wildlife Society

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