Contact Information

Kevin J. Gutzwiller, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798-7388 USA 
Phone: 254-710-2102
Fax: 254-710-2969






Research Overview

The overarching goals of my research are to understand broad-scale human influences on natural systems and to provide a scientific basis for managing the influences in support of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human societies. My general research interests include interdisciplinary assessment and management of impacts from land use, wildland recreation, road networks, energy and residential development, and climate change. Policy relevance and societal importance are key aspects of this work. The ecological settings for my research range from remote wildlands to managed landscapes. Various taxa and ecosystems, especially those that are facing significant conservation problems, are of interest to me.

Some Current Research Emphases

Below are examples (but not an exhaustive list) of topics that I am studying.

  • Cross-scale Interactions and Thresholds in Species-Landscape Relationships
  • Broad-scale Effects of Wildland Recreation Disturbance
  • Habitat Persistence and Transition Modeling
  • Interannual Variation in Species Distribution Models
  • Applications of Landscape Ecology in Conservation

Selected Publications

Gutzwiller, K.J., A.L. D’Antonio, and C.A. Monz. 2017. Wildland recreation disturbance: broad-scale spatial analysis and management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15:517-524.  (cover-story article)

Gutzwiller, K.J., S.K. Riffell, and C.H. Flather. 2015. Avian abundance thresholds, human-altered landscapes, and the challenge of assemblage-level conservation. Landscape Ecology 30:2095-2110.

Betts, M.G., K.J. Gutzwiller, M.J. Smith, W.D. Robinson, and A.S. Hadley. 2015. Improving inferences about functional connectivity from animal translocation experiments. Landscape Ecology 30:585-593.

Gutzwiller, K.J., and S.K. Riffell. 2014. Rigor and transparency in statistical analyses can help to ensure valid research. Landscape Ecology 29:1115-1122.

Gutzwiller, K.J. 2013. Increasing the chance that landscape- and regional-level hypotheses will reflect important spatial patterns. Landscape Ecology 28:1849-1858.

Riffell, S.K., and K.J. Gutzwiller. 2012. Model selection criteria affect measures of temporal variation in animal-landscape regression models. Diversity and Distributions 18:1221-1231.

White, J.D., K.J. Gutzwiller, W.C. Barrow, Jr., L. Johnson-Randall, L. Zygo, and P. Swint. 2011. Understanding interaction effects of climate change and fire management on bird distributions through combined process and habitat models. Conservation Biology 25:536-546.

Gutzwiller, K.J., and C.H. Flather. 2011. Wetland features and landscape context predict the risk of wetland habitat loss. Ecological Applications 21:968-982.

Gutzwiller, K.J., W.C. Barrow, Jr., J.D. White, L. Johnson-Randall, B.S. Cade, and L.M. Zygo. 2010. Assessing conservation relevance of organism-environment relations using predicted changes in response variables. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 1:351-358.

Cushman, S.A, K.J. Gutzwiller, J.S. Evans, and K. McGarigal. 2010. The gradient paradigm: a conceptual and analytical framework for landscape ecology. Pages 83-108 in S.A. Cushman and F. Huettmann (eds), Spatial Complexity, Informatics, and Wildlife Conservation. Springer, Tokyo. 458 pp.