Laura E D'Acunto, Ph.D.



PhD., Wildlife Science, Purdue University, 2018

M.Sc., Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2012

B.Sc., University of Rhode Island, 2010


Laura is a quantitative ecologist interested in the behavioral landscape ecology of wildlife communities and how climate change and ecosystem restoration impact those wildlife communities.


Before joining USGS, Laura's research focused on modeling anthropogenic disturbance to wildlife such as recreation or road traffic to identify management strategies that mitigate adverse effects to wildlife populations. She also researched the landscape and social ecology of threatened and endangered Midwestern bats.