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Alexandra Locher

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Email
lochera@gvsu.edu

Title
Associate Professor

Office Address
2200J Kindschi Hall of Science

Office Phone
616-331-3456

Areas of Expertise
Forest Ecosystem Management, Wildlife-Habitat Relationships, Geographic Information Systems

Professional Societies

The Wildlife Society
Society of American Foresters 

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.  Current projects include developing models to predict how climate change may affect species currently at the southern limit of their range, using remotely sensed imagery to develop spatial models to predict likely locations of invasive forest plants, and analyzing wildlife use of landscapes using GIS.

Education

B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
Ph.D. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

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. 

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