University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

SEAN MURPHY

Graduate Research Assistant

Sean MurphyMailing Address:
Dept. of Forestry
University of Kentucky
214 T. P. Cooper Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40546-0073

Office:
101 Tobacco Research Lab
150 Washington Avenue
Lexington, KY 40546-0061
Email: smmurp2@uky.edu

Education:
M.S. Forestry, University of Kentucky, expected 2011
B.S. Forestry, University of Kentucky, 2009

Academic Interests:
Wildlife biology, conservation, and management; Conservation biology; Large carnivore ecology and management; Wildlife population genetics and conservation genetics; Endangered and threatened species recovery.

Current Research:
Black bear (Ursus americanus) in the Big South Fork:  An update on population abundance, density, and relatedness post-reintroduction.
Kentucky black bear (Ursus americanus) population growth, range expansion, and viability.

Professional Affiliations:
Member, The Wildlife Society.  2010 – Present

Supervisor's/advisor's name:
Dr. John J. Cox

Awards:
University of Kentucky Department of Forestry Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research, Academic Performance and Service – 2011.

Publications:
Murphy, S. 2008.  Black Bear Foods and Family Dissolution in South-Central Florida.  Kaleidoscope:  University of Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship.  7: 123
Presentations:
Murphy, S., J.J. Cox, J.T. Hast, and B. Augustine.  Black bear (Ursus americanus) in the Big South Fork:  An update on population abundance, density, and relatedness post-reintroduction.  The 18th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society.  November 5-10, 2011.  Waikoloa, Hawaii.
Murphy, S., J.J. Cox, J.T. Hast, S. Fei, and B. Augustine.  South-Central Kentucky Black Bear Population Parameters.  The 2011 Kentucky Chapter of The Wildlife Society Meeting.  February 24-25, 2011.  Jamestown, KY.
Murphy, S., J.J. Cox, J.T. Hast, and S. Fei.  Beyond the founders?  Using non-invasive hair sampling to estimate the size, density, and population genetics of a black bear population in south-central Kentucky.  The 17th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society.  October 2-6, 2010.  Snowbird, UT.
Murphy, S., D.S. Maehr, and J.J. Cox.  Evaluation of GPS and Cell Phone Radio-transmitter Technologies to Study Black Bear in South-central Florida.  2008 University of Kentucky Showcase of Undergraduate Research.  April 2008.  Lexington, KY.