W. David Walter, Ph.D.

After finishing his Ph.D., David served as a post-doctoral Researcher at the National Wildlife Research Center for nearly 5 years. A majority of his research explores spatial ecology of various species throughout the U.S. using GIS to further our understanding of wildlife presence/absence, nutrition, and disease.


Only David's five most recent publications are shown here. For more information about David, including a full publications list, visit his profile page on the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit web site.
David also can be reached at his Pennsylvania State University email address: wdwalter@psu.edu


  • Ph D Oklahoma State University 2006
  • MS University of New Hampshire 2000
  • BS SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1995

Research Interests

David's primary research interests have focused on using various modeling techniques to understand spatial ecology of disease in ungulates in various regions of North America. He also uses stable isotopes to understand movements, nutritional ecology, and effects of invasive species on native non-game species at the landscape level.

Teaching Interests

David teaches graduate courses in spatial ecology, movement analyses, home range estimation, and disease epidemiology.