Kyle McCarthy


  • Postdoctoral Associate, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, 2010–2011
  • Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010
  • M.S., Wildlife Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007
  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, 2002

Courses Taught

  • ENWC201 – Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Spring and Fall
  • ENWC325 – Wildlife Management, Spring
  • ENWC425/625 – Mammalogy, Fall
  • ENWC444 – Conservation of Tropical Biodiversity, Alternate Winters
  • ENWC450 – Debates in Conservation Biology, Alternate Winters
  • ENWC821 – Wildlife Spatial Ecology, Alternate Springs

Research Activities

  • Application of advanced resource selection models and population abundance models to rare and elusive species
  • Developing new methods for quantitative analysis of wildlife data
  • Ecology and conservation of wild felids
  • Evaluation of wildlife behavioral response to human recreation

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • The Snow Leopard Network

Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Researchers

6. Cerreta, Ariana. In Progress. Barriers to dispersal and the challenges facing the southern expansion of bobcats in New Jersey. M.S. in Wildlife Ecology

5. Davis, Imogene. In Progress. Phylogeography, population structure, and landscape genetics of snow leopards (Panthera uncia) across Central Asia. Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology

4. Wibisono, Hariyo. In Progress. Tiger, prey, and humans: A review on population status and tiger-human conflict in Sumatra, Indonesia. Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology.

3. Rahman, Hasan. 2017. Status and conservation of carnivores in human dominated landscape in North-East Bangladesh. M.S. in Wildlife Ecology.

2. Weiskopf, Sarah. 2016. Evaluating the effect of agriculture on tropical mammals via DNA recovered from parasitic leeches in Sumatra, Indonesia. M.S. in Wildlife Ecology.

1. Kachel, Shannon. 2014. Evaluating the efficacy of wild ungulate trophy hunting as a tool for snow leopard conservation in Tajikistan. M.S. in Wildlife Ecology



19. Weiskopf, S., K. P. McCarthy, M. Tessler, H. Rahman, J. McCarthy, R. Hersch, M. M. Faisal, and M. E. Siddall. 2018. Using terrestrial haematophagous leeches to enhance tropical biodiversity monitoring programmes in Bangladesh. Journal of Applied Ecology 55:2071-2082.

18. Tessler, M., S. Weiskopf, L. Berniker, R. Hersch, K. P. McCarthy, D. W. Yu, and M. E. Siddall. 2018. Bloodlines: mammals, leeches, and conservation in southern Asia. Systematics and Biodiversity 16:488-496.


17. McCarthy, T., Mallon, D., Jackson, R., Zahler, P. & McCarthy, K. 2017. Panthera uncia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017.

16. Hudson, L. N., Newbold, T., Contu, S., Hill S. L. L., Lysenko, I., De Palma A., McCarthy, K.P,… Purvis, A. 2017. The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project. Ecology and Evolution 7: 145–188.

15. McCarthy T., Zahler, P. Mallon, D., Jackson, R., & McCarthy, K. 2017. Snow Leopard Status is Spot On. Nature, Correspondence 552:175


14. Kachel, S., K. P. McCarthy, and T. McCarthy. 2016. Evaluating the impact of wild ungulate trophy hunting on snow leopard conservation in Tajikistan. Oryx

13. Weiskopf, S. R, S. M. Kachel, and K. P. McCarthy. 2016. What are snow leopards really eating? Identifying bias in food-habit studies. Wildlife Society Bulletin


12. McCarthy, J.L., Wibisono, H.T., McCarthy, K.P., Fuller, T.K. and Tajung, I. 2015. Assessing the distribution and ecology of small felid species in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra. Journal of Global Ecology and Conservation 3:210-221.


11. Hunter, D., K. P. McCarthy, and T. McCarthy. 2014  in T. McCarthy and D. Mallon, editors. Snow Leopards of the World. Elsevier.

10. McCarthy, K. P., and R. J. Fletcher Jr. 2014. Does hunting activity for game species have indirect effects on resource selection by the endangered Florida panther? Animal Conservation.


9. McCarthy, J. L., T. K. Fuller, K. P. McCarthy, H. T. Wibisono, and M. C. Livolsi. 2012. Using camera-trap photographs and direct sightings to identify possible refugia for the Vulnerable Sumatran striped rabbit Nesolagus netscheri. Oryx 46:438–441.

8. McCarthy, K. P., R. J. Fletcher Jr., Christopher T. Rota and R. L. Hutto. 2012. Predicting Species Distributions from Samples Collected along Roadsides. Conservation Biology 26:68–77

7. McCarthy, K. P. 2012. A tale of two snow leopards. In D. Hunter, editor. Voice of Snow Leopard. University Press of Colorado. USA.


6. McCarthy, K. P., and S. DeStefano. 2011. Effects of spatial disturbance on common loon nest site selection and territory success. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:289–296.

5. McCarthy, K. P., and S. DeStefano. 2011. Common loon nest defense against American mink. Northeastern Naturalist 18:247–249.


4. McCarthy, J. L., K. P. McCarthy, and T. K. Fuller. 2010. Assessing Variation in Wildlife Diversity in the Tien Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan Using Ancillary Camera-trap Photos. Mountain Research and Development 30:295–301.

3. McCarthy, K. P., and S. DeStefano. 2010. Bald Eagle predation on Common Loon egg. Journal of Raptor Research 44:249–251.


2. McCarthy, K. P., T. K. Fuller, M. Ming, T. McCarthy, and K. Jumabaev. 2008. Assessing estimators of snow leopard abundance. Journal of Wildlife Management. 72:1826–1833.


1. McCarthy, T., J. Kahn, J. Ud-Din, and K. P. McCarthy. 2007. First Study of Snow Leopards Using GPS-Satellite Collars Underway in Pakistan. Cat News 46:22–23.

Contact Information Kyle McCarthy

Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
263 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-1412
Fax number: (302) 831-8889