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


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.