Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Virginia
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Virginia Staff Member


Dr. Elizabeth A Hunter

Birding at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (540) 231 - 6831
Email: eahunter@usgs.gov
Faculty Email: ehunter1@vt.edu
Faculty Website

Education

  • Ph D University of Georgia 2016
  • MS State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) 2012
  • BS University of Wisconsin - Madison 2006

Biography

I started as an Assistant Unit Leader in the Virginia Cooperative Research Unit in March 2021. Prior to joining USGS and Virginia Tech, I was an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University.

Research Interest

At-risk species conservation, climate change impacts on populations, ecological modeling, habitat restoration and management, avian ecology, reptile ecology

Research Publications Publication Date
Valdes, K., E.A. Hunter, and N.P. Nibbelink. 2016. Salt marsh elevation is a strong determinant of nest site selection for Clapper Rails in Georgia, USA. Journal of Field Ornithology 87:65-73. https://doi.org/10.1111/jofo.12134 December 2016
Roach, N.S., E.A. Hunter, N.P. Nibbelink, and K. Barrett. 2017. Poor transferability of a distribution model for a widespread coastal marsh bird in the southeastern United States. Ecosphere 8:e01715. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1715 December 2017
Quinzin M.C., Sandoval-Castillo, J., Miller, J.M., Beheregaray, L.B., Russello, M.A., Hunter, E.A., Gibbs, J.P., Tapia, W., Villalva, F., and Caccone, A. 2019. Genetically informed captive breeding of an extinct species of Galapagos tortoise. Conservation Biology 33:1404-1414. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13319 December 2019
Nuse, B.L., R.J. Cooper, and E.A. Hunter. 2015. Prospects for predicting changes to coastal wetland bird populations due to accelerated sea level rise. Ecosphere 6:art286. https://doi.org/10.1890/ES15-00385.1 December 2015
Newsome, C.D., Evans, K.M., and E.A. Hunter. 2020. Birds versus fish: Nest flooding introduces predator-prey interactions in Georgia’s coastal marshes. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 132:481-485. December 2020
Mitchell, C.I., D.A. Friend, L.T. Phillips, E.A. Hunter, J.E. Lovich, M. Agha, S.R. Puffer, K.L. Cummings, P.A. Medica, T.C. Esque, K.E. Nussear, and K.T. Shoemaker. 2021. ‘Unscrambling’ the drivers of egg production in Agassiz’s desert tortoise: climate and individual attributes predict reproductive output. Endangered Species Research 44:217-230. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr01103 March 2021
Miller, J.M., Quinzin, M.C., Poulakakis, N., Gibbs, J.P., Beheregaray, L.B., Garrick, R.C., Russello, M.A., Ciofi, C., Edwards, D.E., Hunter, E.A., Tapia, W., Rueda, D., Carrion, J., Valdivieso, A.A., Caccone, A. 2018. Identification of genetically important individuals of the rediscovered Floreana Galápagos Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis elephantopus) provide founders for species restoration program. Scientific Reports 7:11471. 10.1038/s41598-018-22519-y December 2018
Hunter, E.A., and J.P. Gibbs. 2014. Densities of ecological replacement herbivores required to restore plant communities: a case study of giant tortoises on Pinta Island, Galápagos. Restoration Ecology 22:248-256. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.12055 December 2014
Hunter, E.A., S. Blake, L.J. Cayot, and J.P. Gibbs. 2020. “Role in Ecosystems.” In J.P. Gibbs, L.J. Cayot, and W. Tapia (Eds.), Galapagos giant tortoises (pg. 299-312). Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-817554-5.00006-X

January 2021
Hunter, E.A., P.A. Raney, J.P. Gibbs, and D.J. Leopold. 2012. Improving wetland mitigation site identification through community distribution modeling and a patch-based ranking scheme. Wetlands 32:841-850. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-012-0315-7 July 2012
Hunter, E.A., N.P. Nibbelink. 2017. Using environmental heterogeneity to plan for sea level rise. Conservation Biology 31:1409-1417. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12920 December 2017
Hunter, E.A., N.P. Nibbelink, and R.J. Cooper. 2017. Divergent forecasts for two salt marsh specialists in response to sea level rise. Animal Conservation 20:20-28. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12280 December 2017
Hunter, E.A., N.P. Nibbelink, and R.J. Cooper. 2016. Threat predictability influences seaside sparrow nest site selection when facing trade-offs from predation and flooding. Animal Behaviour 120:135-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.08.001 December 2016
Hunter, E.A., N P. Nibbelink, C.R. Alexander, K. Barrett, L.F. Mengak, R.K. Guy, C.T. Moore, and R.J. Cooper. 2015. Coastal vertebrate exposure to predicted habitat changes due to sea level rise. Environmental Management 56:1528-1537. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-015-0580-3 December 2015
Hunter, E.A., Matocq, M.D., Murphy, P.J., and Shoemaker, K.T. 2017. Differential effects of climate on survival rates drive hybrid zone dynamics. Current Biology 27:3898-3903. December 2017
Hunter, E.A., K.J. Loope, K.K. Drake, K. Hanley, D.N. Jones, Jr., K.T. Shoemaker, and D.C. Rostal. 2021. Warming conditions boost reproductive output for a northern gopher tortoise population. Endangered Species Research 46:215-226. | Abstract December 2021
Hunter, E.A., J.P. Gibbs, L.J. Cayot, and W. Tapia. 2013. Equivalency of Galápagos giant tortoises used as ecological replacement species to restore ecosystem functions. Conservation Biology 27:701-709. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12038 December 2013
Hunter, E.A., J.P. Gibbs, L.J. Cayot, W. Tapia, M.C. Quinzin, J.M. Miller, A. Caccone, K.T. Shoemaker. 2020. Seeking compromise across competing goals in conservation translocations: The case of the “extinct” Floreana Island Galapagos giant tortoise. Journal of Applied Ecology 57:136-148. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13516 December 2020
Hunter, E.A. and J.P. Gibbs. 2020. “Habitats.” In J.P. Gibbs, L.J. Cayot, and W. Tapia (Eds.), Galapagos giant tortoises (pg. 281-297). Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-817554-5.00001-0 January 2021
Hunter, E.A. and D.C. Rostal. 2021. Fire management effects on long-term gopher tortoise population dynamics. Journal of Wildlife Management 85:654-664. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.22033 May 2021
Hunter, E.A. 2017. How will sea level rise affect threats to nesting success for Seaside Sparrows? The Condor: Ornithological Applications 119:459-468. https://doi.org/10.1650/CONDOR-17-11.1 December 2017
Gibbs, J.P., E.A. Hunter, K.T. Shoemaker, W.H. Tapia, and L.J. Cayot. 2014. Giant tortoise reintroduction to Española Island, Galápagos: demographic outcomes and ecosystem implications. PLoS ONE 9:e110742. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0110742 December 2014
Davidson, A.D., Hunter, E.A., Erz, J., Lightfoot, D.C., McCarthy, A.M., Mueller, J.K., and Shoemaker, K.T. 2018. Reintroducing a keystone burrowing rodent to restore an arid North American grassland: challenges and successes. Restoration Ecology 26:909-920. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.12671 December 2018
Cayot, L.J., and E.A. Hunter. 2020. “Floreana and Pinta Islands: Restoring tortoise populations through lost lineage recovery.” In J.P. Gibbs, L.J. Cayot, and W. Tapia (Eds.), Galapagos giant tortoises (pg. 465-479). Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-817554-5.00003-4

January 2021
Carroll, J.M., R. Dashiell, J.C. Watts, and E.A. Hunter. 2021. Tidal level affects the prevalence and impacts of pests and parasites on oysters (Crassostrea virginica) on intertidal reefs in Georgia, USA. Marine Biology 168:1-11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-021-03848-5 April 2021
Carroll, J.M., Furman, B., Jackson, L., Hunter, E.A., and Peterson, B. 2019. Propagule risk in a marine foundation species: seascape effects on Zostera marina seed predation. Journal of Ecology 107:1982-1994. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13154 December 2019
Allred, Cory
Master's
corya@vt.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
Walden, M.A., K.J. Loope, E.A. Hunter, S.J. Divers, J.R. Comolli, T.C. Esque, and K.T. Shoemaker. 2022. Innate Testosterone Identifies Sex of Hatchling Mojave Desert Tortoises (Gopherus agassizii). 47th Annual Desert Tortoise Symposium, virtual. February 2022
Moore, S., A. Dwire, and E.A. Hunter. 2021. Using remote sensing to quantify habitat for a declining grassland bird species. The Wildlife Society’s 28<sup>th</sup> annual conference, virtual. November 2021
Loope, K.J., J.N. DeSha, M.J. Aresco, K.T. Shoemaker, and E.A. Hunter. 2021. Reproductive integration of gopher tortoises in a translocated population with multiple source populations. The Wildlife Society’s 28th annual conference, virtual.<br><br> November 2021
Loope, K.J., J.N. DeSha, M.J. Aresco, K.T. Shoemaker, and E.A. Hunter. 2021. Reproductive integration of gopher tortoises in a translocated population with multiple source populations. 43rd Annual Gopher Tortoise Council Meeting, virtual, October 29 2021. October 2021
Hunter, E.A., and A.A. Dayer. Will salt marsh migration create replacement habitat for edge sensitive birds? 75th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association and Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Roanoke, Virginia, October 2021. October 2021
Hunter, E.A., and A.A. Dayer. 2022. Will salt marsh migration create replacement habitat for edge sensitive birds? Annual Meeting of the Virginia Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Waynesboro, Virginia, February 2022. February 2022
Hunter, E.A., A. Dwire, and T. Schneider. 2021 Powerline right-of-ways as wintering habitat for a declining grassland bird species. The Wildlife Society’s 28<sup>th</sup> annual conference, virtual. November 2021
Hunter, E.A. Organized Symposium: Climate impacts to wildlife populations and habitats. 75th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association and Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Roanoke, Virginia, October 2021. October 2021