kevin shoemaker

Kevin Shoemaker

Associate Professor, Applied Population Ecology


Broadly, I'm interested in coupling ecological data (e.g., census records, mark-recapture data, remote sensing) with simulation models, statistics and machine learning to support evidence-based conservation and wildlife management.



B.S., Haverford College, 2000
M.S., State University of New York, 2007
Ph.D., State University of New York, 2011


Publications are listed below.

Book Chapter(s)

Habitat manipulation as a viable conservation strategy.


Pp. 221–243 in (S.J. Mullin and R.J. Seigel, eds.) Snakes: Applied Ecology and Conservation. Cornell Univ. Press.

Shoemaker, K.T., G. Johnson and K.A. Prior.


Resource selection by female mule deer: tradeoffs associated with reproduction


Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (Invited)

Heffelfinger, L.J., Stewart, K.M., Shoemaker, K.T., Darby, N.W., Bleich, V.C.

Demography of a Small and Isolated Population of Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) Threatened by Vegetative Succession.


Journal of Herpetology, 50, 534-540

Johnson, B. D., Gibbs, J. P., Shoemaker, K. T., Cohen, J. B.

Developing population models with data from marked individuals.


Biological Conservation(197), 190-199

Ryu, H.-Y., Shoemaker, K. T., Kneip, E., Pidgeon, A. M., Heglund, P. J., Bateman, B. L., Akcakaya, H. R.

Manipulation of basking sites for endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnakes.


The Journal of Wildlife Management(80), 803-811.

Johnson, B. D., Gibbs, J. P., Bell, T. A., Shoemaker, K. T.

Inferring the nature of anthropogenic threats from long-term abundance records.


Conservation Biology 29:238–249.

Shoemaker, K.T. & Akçakaya, H.R.

Warning Times For Species Extinctions Due To Climate Change.


Global Change Biology [doi: 10.1111/gcb.12721]

Stanton, J.C., Shoemaker, K.T., Pearson, R.G., & Akçakaya, H.R.

Disambiguating the Minimum Viable Population Concept: Response to Reed and McCoy.


Conservation Biology 28:871-873.

Shoemaker, K.T., Breisch, A.R., Jaycox, J.W., & Gibbs, J.P.

Effects of prey metapopulation structure on the viability of black-footed ferrets in plague-impacted landscapes: a metamodelling approach.


Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 735-745.

Shoemaker, K.T., Lacy, R.C., Verant, M.L., Brook, B.W., Livieri, T.M., Miller, P.S., Fordham, D.A., & Akçakaya, H.R.

Giant Tortoise Reintroduction to Española Island, Galapagos: Demographic Outcomes and Ecosystem Implications.


PLoS ONE. [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110742]

Gibbs, J.P, Shoemaker, K.T., Hunter, E.A., Cayot, L., & Tapia, W.

Genetic Connectivity Among Populations of the Threatened Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) and the Need for a Regional Approach to Turtle Conservation.


Copeia 2013:324-331.

Shoemaker, K.T., and J.P. Gibbs.

Evaluating basking-habitat deficiency in the threatened eastern massasauga rattlesnake.


Journal of Wildlife Management 74:504-513.

Shoemaker, K.T., and J.P. Gibbs.


Technical Publication

The Nature of Diversity: diversity builds resiliency – in the wild and in the workplace – but it isn’t easy.


The Wildlife Professional.

Wakeling, B. F., VanDellen, A., Shoemaker, K. T., Gritts, M., Tull, J. C., Stewart, K.