About the Wildlife Conservation and Management Program

The Wildlife Conservation and Management Program at Rutgers University is a part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Our main objective is to reduce the conflict between wildlife and humans in the most densely populated and highly developed state in the United States. There are several major wildlife management issues negatively impacting New Jersey residents, such as damage to crops and landscapes caused by deer and Canada geese. There also are many native wildlife species (many of whom are threatened, endangered, or of special concern) that are negatively impacted by other wildlife species, such as feral cats, red foxes, and crows. Finally, many native wildlife populations are threatened by human activities, including habitat destruction and excessive human disturbance. We employ a three-pronged strategy of integrating research, education, and outreach to offer evidence-based solutions to address wildlife issues in the state of New Jersey.

We have narrowed our concentration to the following areas:

Brooke Maslo, Ph.D.

Brooke Maslo, Ph.D., Wildlife Specialist

Dr. Maslo received a doctorate in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and is experienced in creating and enhancing wildlife habitat through ecological restoration and scientific research. She has focused on the effective translation of scientific research into practical habitat restoration directives, specifically for the benefit of threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds along the Atlantic Coast. Dr. Maslo is also actively involved conducting research on the survival and conservation of bat species, particularly those affected by White Nose Syndrome.

She has a strong relationship with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Endangered and Nongame Species Program and has partnered with them in carrying out conservation initiatives for several endangered species and species of special concern. With her undergraduate training and professional experience as a biological resources engineer, she has been an integral part of several large-scale engineering projects. She has also played a significant role in the restoration of degraded landscapes throughout North America. In addition to her credentials as an applied wildlife ecologist, Dr. Maslo also serves as the managing editor of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Ecological Restoration and teaches at the university level in wildlife ecology and conservation, restoration ecology, and animal behavior.

Wildlife Resources