Alexandra Locher


Alexandra Locher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Management

Forest Ecosystem Management, Wildlife-Habitat Relationships, Geographic Information Systems

Office: 321 Henry Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3456



B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Ph.D. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Courses Taught at GVSU:

NRM 150 Introduction to Natural Resources

NRM 250 Resource Measurements and Maps

NRM 395 GIS Applications in Natural Resources

NRM 462 Forest Ecosystem Management


Research Interests:

My research interests are based on understanding how forest management practices impact wildlife species and communities.  I have expertise in wildlife biology and management, forest ecosystem management, and applications of geographic information systems to natural resources questions. My research focuses on developing models of ecological systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales, and using the results of these models to help guide natural resources decision making.  I currently am working with 2 graduate students on projects investigating wildlife responses to forest management practices.  One student is investigating how forest management for red-cockaded woodpeckers affects survival of northern bobwhite at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arkansas.  Another grad student is investigating woodcock use of breeding habitat at multiple spatial scales.  Several undergraduates are using remotely sensed imagery to develop spatial models to predict likely locations of invasive forest plants.


Recent Publications:

Locher, A., K. T. Scribner, J. A. Moore, B. Murphy, J. Kanefsky.  2015.  Influence of landscape features on spatial genetic structure of white-tailed deer in human-altered landscapes.  Journal of Wildlife Management 79: 180-194.

Ramsey, D. S. L., D. J. O’Brien, M. K. Cosgrove, B. A. Rudolph, A. Locher, and S. M. Schmitt.  2014. Forecasting eradication of bovine tuberculosis in Michigan white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 78: 240–254.Locher, A., H. Campa, III, L. Leefers, and D. E. Beyer, Jr.  2012.  Understanding cumulative effects of aspen harvest on wildlife habitat and timber resources in northern Michigan. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 29: 113-127.

Long, A. and A. Locher.  2013. American woodcock (Scolopax minor) habitat use on pine plantations during spring in central Arkansas.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 125: 322-328.Long, A. and A. Locher.  2011. The efficacy of thermal imaging for documenting American woodcock. Arkansas Academy of Science 65: 173 – 175.Long, A. and A. Locher. The efficacy of thermal imaging for documenting American woodcock. Arkansas Academy of Science.

Adewopo, J. and A. Felix Locher.  2011.  Network-based resource-based proximity analysis of primary wood processing mills in Arkansas.  Southern Journal of Applied Forest Research 35: 109-114.

Adewopo, J. and A. Locher.  2010. Mapping the distribution of wood-utilizing industries in Arkansas using Geographic Information Systems. Forest Products Journal. 60:554–558.

Felix-Locher, A., H. Campa, III, and D. E. Beyer, Jr.  2010.  Modeling avian community use of aspen following simulated harvest in Michigan. Journal of Environmental Management and Restoration 6: 111–133.

Felix-Locher, A. and H. Campa, III.  2010.  Importance of habitat type classifications for predicting ruffed grouse use of areas for drumming. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 1464–1471.

Felix, A. and H. Campa, III.  2010.  Relating ecological properties of habitat types to differences in aspen stand structure and succession for managing timber and wildlife resources. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 27: 13–20.

Felix, A. B., D. P. Walsh, B. D. Hughey, H. Campa, III, S. R. Winterstein.  2007.  Applying landscape-scale habitat-potential models to understand deer spatial structure and movement patterns. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:804-810. 



Scientific & Professional Societies:

The Wildlife Society
Society of American Foresters 


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