Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology adds Kyle McCarthy to Staff

June 16, 2011 under CANR News

Kyle McCarthy, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, has traveled all around the world, from a childhood growing up in Alaska, to living in Mongolia, to conducting studies on Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan in the Tian Shan Mountains. Now, McCarthy finds himself living in the first state, having landed a job as an assistant professor with the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

McCarthy said that he is very excited to be a part of the College and of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.

“Once I interviewed, one of the leading factors for why I came here was just the department. It’s a smaller department and there is a lot of collaboration. I feel like everyone works well together, there’s an openness with everybody, and it seemed like a very positive work environment where they still managed to get a lot of important research done. So I am excited about that.”

McCarthy also liked the fact that the wildlife major resulted in the students being able to become certified wildlife biologists under the wildlife society.

“It’s a great part of the program because mine didn’t lead to certification where I did my undergraduate work.”

Last spring, McCarthy taught a wildlife ecology and conservation class, and will add a wildlife management class in the fall and an ornithology lab in the spring.

Having received his bachelor of science in wildlife biology from Colorado State University in 2002, McCarthy went on to earn his masters and doctorate degrees in wildlife conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007 and 2010.

It was while doing research for his masters degree that McCarthy got to travel to Kyrgyzstan to evaluate monitoring techniques for Snow Leopard populations.

After returning to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, McCarthy conducted his Ph.D. research on the behavioral response of loons to human recreation on Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in northern New Hampshire.

McCarthy conducted his post doctorate work at the University of Florida where he worked with Florida panthers, assessing their behavioral response to recreational presence in Big Cypress National Preserve.

With all of his background in researching big cats, McCarthy said that he would like to develop a cat research program here at UD.

For now, McCarthy said that he looks forward to collaborating with his peers and educating his students.