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Dr. Cyndy Loftin

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  • Ph D University of Florida 1998
  • MS Auburn University 1987
  • BA University of Virginia 1984


Dr. Loftin joined the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 1999 as the Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife. She became the Unit Leader in 2011. She holds a graduate faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

Research Interests

Dr. Loftin's interests in systems, landscape, and wetlands ecology drive her research program involving natural resources management and restoration issues. Her research program takes a landscape ecology perspective on conservation and restoration of perturbed ecosystems to address Unit cooperator information needs. Dr. Loftin's program is highly collaborative, involving partnerships with scientists across diverse disciplines, universities, and agencies. Her program bridges terrestrial and aquatic environments, integrating two concentrations: 1) Effects of human-induced stressors on aquatic systems, and 2) Spatial effects of human-caused stressors on natural landscapes.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Loftin teaches a graduate level course (INT527 Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Natural Resource Management; 3 credits lecture and lab) each fall semester at the University of Maine. The course is team taught with Dr. Daniel Hayes, UMaine School of Forest Resources, and provides instruction on using remote sensing and GIS tools to conduct spatial analysis for projects with a conservation focus.

Professional Society Service

  • Other - Chair (July 2015 - June 2020)
  • North American Benthological Society - Member (January 2007 - December 2011)
  • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society - Member (March 2004 - 2011)
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Research Publications

  • <u>McKnight</u>, A., E.J. Blomberg, D.B. Irons, C.S. <b>Loftin</b>, and S.T. McKinney. 2019. Survival and recruitment dynamics of black-legged kittiwakes (<i>Rissa tridactyla</i>) at an Alaskan colony. <i>Marine Ornithology</i> 47:209-222. doi:10.5061/dryad.ch2740k
  • <u>Homola</u>, J.J., C.S. <b>Loftin</b>, and M.T. Kinnison. 2019. Landscape genetics reveals unique and shared effects of urbanization for two sympatric pool-breeding amphibians. <i>Ecology and Evolution.</i> 9:11799-11823. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5685
  • <u>Homola</u>, J.J., C.S. <b>Loftin</b>, K.M. Cammen, C.C. Helbing, I. Birol, T.F. Schultz, and M.T. Kinnison. 2019. Replicated landscape genomics identifies evidence of local adaptation to urbanization in wood frogs. <i>Journal of Heredity </i>110:707-719. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esz041
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Integration of GIS and remote sensing data analysis in natural resource applications (2018)
  • Integration of GIS and remote sensing data analysis in natural resource applications (2017)
  • Integration of GIS and remote sensing data analysis in natural resource applications (2016)
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Maine Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Cyndy LoftinMember, Scientific Advisory Committee, Penobscot Restoration (January 2006 - December 2010)
  • Cyndy LoftinMember, Advisory Committee, Maine Aquatic Biodiversity Project (January 2002 - December 2010)
  • Cyndy LoftinMember, Workshop Planning Committee, Maine Aquatic Biodiversity Project (January 2001 - December 2010)
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Maine University Committees and Workgroups

  • Cyndy LoftinUniversity IACUC-Chair (July 2015 - July 2020)
  • Cyndy LoftinSearch Committee, Forest Wildlife Faculty (January 2015 - June 2015)
  • Cyndy LoftinRepresentative of Wildlife Ecology department on Nutting 204 Renovation committee (September 2013 - December 2014)
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Technical Publications

  • Boxler, B., and C. Loftin. Monarch Model Validator web page.
  • Loftin, C.S, R.Carey, and K. Goodine. 2019. The Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and University of Maine Department of Wildlife Ecology 2018 Annual Report to Cooperators. 64 pp.
  • Rolek, B. W., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2018. Influence of harvest treatments, vegetation, and edges on abundance of breeding spruce-fir avian species in regenerating forested stands. USGS annual report. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 13

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 23

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 283


Contact Information

Tel: (207) 581 - 2843

Links of Interest

Current Students

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute