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Mariko Yamasaki

Center for Research on Ecosystem Change
E-mail: Contact Mariko Yamasaki
Team Leader / Research Wildlife Biologist
271 Mast Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-868-7659

Current Research

I work on forest management issues that affect the quality and quantity of vertebrate wildlife habitat availability in the northeastern US, and I provide useful wildlife-silvicultural habitat guidance for forest managers on working forest landscapes and across non-industrial forest landscapes.

Research Interests

We continue to work on the influence of silvicultural practices and land capability on species-habitat relationships across working forest landscapes as well as urbanizing forest landscapes. Forest raptors, passerine birds, small mammals, bats, and salamanders provide numerous opportunities to investigate these habitat relationships for forest managers desiring integrated wildlife/timber practices in northern forest ecosystems. We also have an increasing interest in the level of contaminants, particularly mercury, in forest-dwelling species.

Why This Research is Important

There is a pressing need to provide forest managers with information and strategies to maintain vertebrate diversity and habitat quality in the face of increasing urbanization of forest landscapes in the northeastern US as well as provide guidance to forest managers on working forest landscapes.


  • University of Michigan, M.S. Natural Resources (Wildlife),
  • University of Michigan, B.S. Anthropology-Zoology,

Professional Organizations

  • The Wildlife Society
  • Society of American Foresters
  • American Society of Mammalogists, and Raptor Research Foundation
  • USGS Bird Banding Lab, Certified Wildlife Biologist And Master Station Permit Holder

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National Research Highlights


Shrubland Birds and Their Habitats

Shrubland birds, such as prairie warblers and field sparrows require constant habitat management, and thus, reliable and specific knowledge to g ...


Last updated on : 11/12/2014