Principle Investigator

Dr. Tommy S. Parker

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis, B.S., Organismal Biology, 1996
University of Memphis, M.S., Zoology, 1999
University of Missouri, Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology, 2006

Sport fishing, fly fishing, hunting, hiking, exercising, and oh

Research Interest

Factors that influence the population characteristics of organisms are directly correlated with the ability of individuals in the population to secure needed resources. In urban settings, the physical characteristics of the landscape, as well as human factors such as culture, government policy, and socio-economics, can either enhance or inhibit resource abundance and access to those resources. My research interests broadly revolve around themes essential for understanding the affects of urbanization and urban areas on vertebrate species. I ask the question, “What are the habitat and landscape characteristics correlated with the synurbization (the process of becoming urbanized) of wildlife?” To answer this, I measure the population dynamics and behavioral adaptations exhibited by various species and assess the relationship of these adaptations to features of urban settings and the resource requirements for the species. This relationship is then quantified and modeled at fine (habitat) and coarse (landscape) scales with a focus on population-level dynamics, behavior, and resource availability. The overarching goal of my work is to provide policy makers, planners, and other stakeholders the necessary information to develop cities in sustainable manner with reduced impacts to biodiversity.

Selected Publications

  1. Warren, P.S., C. Tripler, D. Bolger, S. Faeth, N. Huntly, C. Lepczky, J. Meyer, T. Parker, E. Shochat, and J. Walker. 2006. Urban food webs: predators, prey, and the people who feed them. Ecological Bulletin 87(4): 387-393.

  2. Parker, T.S. and C. Nilon. 2008. Gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) density, habitat suitability, and behavior in urban parks. Urban Ecosystems 11:243-255.

  3. Parker, T.S. 2010. Habitat assessments of permanent bat echolocation survey transects throughout Region 9 (Eastern Region). Gen. Tech. Rep. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture. 124p.

  4. Parker, T.S. and C. Nilon. 2012. Urban landscape characteristics correlated with the synurbization of wildlife. Landscape and Urban Planning, 106:316-325.

  5. Parker, T.S., W. Persons, J. G. Bradley, M. Gregg, and S. G. 2012. A detachable mobile and adjustable telemetry system. Ecology and Evolution 3(7):1848-1855

  6. Parker, T.S., Gonzales, S.G., and Nilon, C.H. 2013. Seasonal comparisons of daily activity budgets of gray squirrels in urban areas. Urban Ecosystems (in prep).

  7. Parker, T.S. 2013. Seasonal food habits of coyote in urban areas. J. of Animals. (in press).

  8. Parker, T.S. 2013. Does human activity affect wildlife activity in urban settings? Urban Ecosystems (in press).

  9. Parker, T.S. 2013. Urban wildlife syndrome. Urban Ecosystems (in prep).

  10. Parker, T.S. 2013 A conceptual framework for the study of wildlife in urban systems. J. Landscape and Urban Planning. (in prep)

  11. Parker, T.S. 2013. Methods for introducing environmental science to elementary school students. J. of Environmental Sciences and Education. (in prep)

  12. Parker, T.S. 2013. Racial Identity and environmental knowledge among college students. J. of Environmental Psychology (in prep).

  13. Parker, T.S. 2013. Environmental stewardship among college students. J. of Environmental Psychology (in prep).

Courses Offered

  • Wildlife Ecology (UG/G)
  • Human Wildlife Interactions (UG)
  • Urban Wildlife Behavior (UG/G)
  • Urban Wildlife Management (UG/G)
  • Urban Ecology (UG/G)
  • Mammalogy (UG/G)
  • General Ecology (UG)
  • Advanced Ecology (UG)
  • Biodiversity of Urban Parks (UG/G/WR)
  • Scientific Writing (UG/WR)
  • Field Techniques (UG/G)
  • Environmental Biology (UG)
  • Preparing to be a TA (UG)

    UG=undergraduate course; G = graduate course; WR = writing intensive course

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