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

Washington Staff Member

Professor Michael McInturff

Alex McInturff, Assistant Unit Leader

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (205) 447 - 3741
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  • Ph D University of California Berkeley 2019
  • MS Stanford University 2010
  • BS Stanford University 2008


Dr. McInturff received graduate degrees from Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University California Santa Barbara before joining the Washington Unit in 2021. He conducts research linking social and ecological dimensions of wildlife conservation and management. Broadly, Dr. McInturff studies how values and attitudes inform human behavioral interactions with wildlife. His research gives particular attention to mapping social phenomena, such as tolerance for wildlife species, so that they might be better linked with ecological patterns. In addition, Dr. McInturff centers environmental justice in his research, and he draws from theory and practice in Environmental Justice scholarship to inform more just and sustainable wildlife management strategies. Much of Dr. McInturff's work focuses on large carnivores and ungulates, especially in the American West. Dr. McInturff teaches courses in Social-Ecological Systems and Decision Science.

Areas of Expertise

Adaptive Management, Anthropogenic Impacts, Decision Support/Analysis, GIS/Spatial Analysis, Habitat Management, Human Dimensions, Landscape Ecology, Movement Ecology, Predator-Prey Dynamics, Species Distribution Modeling, Species Management, Wildlife Management

Taxon Groups Studied

Carnivores, Furbearers, Ungulates

Research Publications Publication Date
Wood, C.L., McInturff, A., Young, H.S., Kim, D. and Lafferty, K.D., 2017. Human infectious disease burdens decrease with urbanization but not with biodiversity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1722), p.20160122. December 2017
Wilkinson, Christine E., Alex McInturff, Maggi Kelly, and Justin S. Brashares. "Quantifying wildlife responses to conservation fencing in East Africa." Biological Conservation 256 (2021): 109071. | Abstract April 2021
Volski, L., McInturff, A., Gaynor, K. M., Yovovich, V., & Brashares, J. S. (2021). Social Effectiveness and Human-Wildlife Conflict: Linking the Ecological Effectiveness and Social Acceptability of Livestock Protection Tools. Frontiers in Conservation Science, 42. | Abstract August 2021
Viladomat, J., Mazumder, R., McInturff, A., McCauley, D.J. and Hastie, T., 2014. Assessing the significance of global and local correlations under spatial autocorrelation: a nonparametric approach. Biometrics, 70(2), pp.409-418. December 2014
Suraci, Justin P., et al. "Disturbance type and species life history predict mammal responses to humans." Global change biology 27.16 (2021): 3718-3731. | Abstract August 2021
Miao, Z., Gaynor, K.M., Wang, J., Liu, Z., Muellerklein, O., Norouzzadeh, M.S., McInturff, A., Bowie, R.C., Nathan, R., Yu, S.X. and Getz, W.M., 2019. Insights and approaches using deep learning to classify wildlife. Scientific reports, 9(1), p.8137 December 2019
McCauley, D.J., Young, H.S., Power, E.A., Bird, D.W., Durham, W.H., McInturff, A., Dunbar, R.B. and Micheli, F., 2014. Pushing back against paper-park pushers-Reply to Craigie et al. Biological Conservation. December 2014
McCauley, D.J., Power, E.A., Bird, D.W., McInturff, A., Dunbar, R.B., Durham, W.H., Micheli, F. and Young, H.S., 2013. Conservation at the edges of the world. Biological Conservation, 165, pp.139-145. December 2013
Massarella, K., Nygren, A., Fletcher, R., Büscher, B., Kiwango, W.A., Komi, S., Krauss, J.E., Mabele, M.B., McInturff, A., Sandroni, L.T. and Alagona, P.S., 2021. Transformation beyond conservation: How critical social science can contribute to a radical new agenda in biodiversity conservation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 49, pp.79-87. | Abstract April 2021
Kurz, David J., Arthur D. Middleton, Melissa S. Chapman, Bruce R. Huber, Alex McInturff, Jeremy Sorgen, Kyle S. Van Houtan, Christine E. Wilkinson, Lauren Withey, and Justin S. Brashares. "Including Rural America in academic conservation science." Accepted, Frontiers in Conservation Science. | Abstract August 2023
Kreling, S. E., Gaynor, K. M., McInturff, A., Calhoun, K. L., & Brashares, J. S. (2021). Site fidelity and behavioral plasticity regulate an ungulate’s response to extreme disturbance. Ecology and evolution, 11(22), 15683-15694. | Abstract November 2021
Gaynor, K. M., McInturff, A., & Brashares, J. S. (2022). Contrasting patterns of risk from human and non‐human predators shape temporal activity of prey. Journal of Animal Ecology, 91(1), 46-60. | Abstract January 2022
Cannon, C.E., McInturff, A., Alagona, P. and Pellow, D., 2023. Wild Urban Injustice: A Critical POET Model to Advance Environmental Justice. Environmental Justice. | Abstract February 2023
Calhoun, Kendall L., et al. "Spatial overlap of wildfire and biodiversity in California highlights gap in non‐conifer fire research and management." Diversity and Distributions 28.3 (2022): 529-541. | Abstract March 2022
Bidder, O.R., di Virgilio, A., Hunter, J.S., McInturff, A., Gaynor, K.M., Smith, A.M., Dorcy, J. and Rosell, F., 2020. Monitoring canid scent marking in space and time using a biologging and machine learning approach. Scientific reports, 10(1), pp.1-13. December 2020
Bach, Bryan H., et al. "Identifying individual ungulates from fecal DNA: a comparison of field collection methods to maximize efficiency, ease, and success." Mammalian Biology (2022): 1-12. | Abstract February 2022
McInturff, A., Xu, W., Wilkinson, C.E., Dejid, N. and Brashares, J.S., 2020. Fence ecology: Frameworks for understanding the ecological effects of fences. BioScience, 70(11), pp.971-985. December 2020
McInturff, A., Miller, J.R., Gaynor, K.M. and Brashares, J.S., 2021. Patterns of coyote predation on sheep in California: A socio‐ecological approach to mapping risk of livestock–predator conflict. Conservation Science and Practice, 3(3), p.e175. December 2021
McInturff, A. “Autocorrelation.” Frey, B.B. ed., 2018. The SAGE encyclopedia of educational research, measurement, and evaluation. Sage Publications. December 2018
Damato, Nikol

Hawkinson, Vivian

Volski, Lara

Presentations Presentation Date
Volski, Lara, Anne Beaudreau, and Alex McInturff. "People and wolves in the Columbia River Gorge: Putting local perspectives into dialogue with conservation efforts." North American Congress in Conservation Biology. Vancouver, Canada, 2024. June 2024
Santo, Anna R., S. M. Hagerman, K.M.A. Chan, A. McInturff. "The logic landscape: A typology of logics about human intervention in ecosystems to inform grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades." NACCB 2024. June 2024
Pero, Ellen, Alex McInturff, and Peter Alagona. "California Grizzly reintroduction: a comprehensive feasibility study." North American Congress in Conservation Biology. Vancouver, Canada, 2024. June 2024
McInturff, Alex. "Triangulating habitat suitability for the locally extinct California grizzly bear." The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. Baltimore, 2024. October 2024
McInturff, Alex. "Triangulating habitat suitability for the locally extinct California grizzly bear." North American Congress in Conservation Biology. Vancouver, BC, 2024. June 2024
McInturff, Alex. "Human Dimensions of Predator-Prey Research: Opportunities and Challenges in Science and Management." Presentation, <i>The Wildlife Society Annual Conference</i>, 2022 November 2022
McInturff, Alex, Meghan Callahan, Gretchen Sneegas, and Lara Volski. “Urban human-wildlife interactions and environmental justice.” Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference. 2023 June 2023
McInturff, A. "Meeting at the Crossroads: Environmental Justice and Large Carnivore Conservation." Panel presentation at <i>Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference</i> April 2022
Cannon, Clare, Alex McInturff, Peter Alagona, David Pellow. "A Critical POET Model: Linking Critical Environmental Justice and Human Ecology to Understand Shared Logics of Oppression.” Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting. 2023 August 2023
Callahan, Megan, Melia DeVivo, Brian Kertson, Donny Martorello, Hunter Westacott, and Alex McInturff. "An emerging threat: understanding human dimensions of chronic wasting disease to facilitate education and management actions." North American Congress in Conservation Biology. Vancouver, Canada, 2024. June 2024
Callahan MM, and A McInturff. 2023. Chronic Wasting Disease: The Calm Before the Storm. Pathways Conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; 31 May-3 June 2023 May 2023
Callahan MM, M Devivo, and A McInturff. 2023. Human Dimensions of Chronic Wasting Disease: The Calm Before the Storm. 4th International CWD Symposium, Denver, Colorado, USA; 31 May-2 June 2023 May 2023