Faculty Profile

Dr. Ralph L. Harnishfeger

rharnish@lhup.edu | 212 Science Center, Lock Haven, PA 17745 | (570) 484-2599

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Education: 

Ph.D. in Zoology (Wildlife Ecology) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

M.A. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

 B.S. in Wildlife Science from Cornell University

Courses Most Commonly Taught: Ecology, Field Natural History, Environmental Science, Science Seminar, Environmental Policy and Regulations

Courses Developed: Environmental Policy and Regulations

Professional Publications:

Harnishfeger, R.L.  2011.  Appalachian Cottontail, Sylvilagusobscurus.  In M. Steele and J. Merritt, editors.  Species of Special Concern in Pennsylvania revised edition. Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Harnishfeger, R.L. 2009.  Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Biology Department External Review. 7pp. 

Kuserk, F.T., R.L. Harnishfeger, and M. Wynosky.  2008.  Department of Biology Kutztown University of Pennsylvania  B.S. Biology Program Review.  25pp. 

Harnishfeger, R.L.  2007.  SWG Priority Barrens Manuscript Review. The Nature Conservancy. 

Harnishfeger,R.L. and K.E. Rublein.  2007  Report for Biological Sciences and Chemistry for Academic Years 2002-2003 to 2006-2007. Interdisciplinary Program in Biology–Chemistry.  54pp. 

Harnishfeger, R.L. 2006.  Overview of Appalachian Cottontail Rabbit’s Ecology and Life History.  State Wildlife Grant Priority Barrens Project.  The Nature Conservancy. 8 pp. 

Harnishfeger, R.L. 2004.  Appalachian Cottontail Rabbit Distribution in Pennsylvania.  Final Report for Pennsylvania Game Commission Contracts ME 231037, ME381147 and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Contract WRCF-7.  27 pp. plus tables and appendices. 

Professional Presentations:

2005.  Assessment Driven Curriculum Changes in Biology: Improvement Confirmed.  2 April.  36th. Annual Meeting. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists. Millersville, PA. 

2004.  Appalachian Cottontail Rabbit Distribution in Pennsylvania: A Species in Decline.  17 April. 35th. Annual Meeting. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists. Indiana, PA. 

2002.  Appalachian Cottontail Rabbit Distribution in Pennsylvania:  Historical Record and Initial Results of a Resurvey.  20 April. 33rd. Annual Meeting.  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists.  Lock Haven, PA (coauthor with Jim Hart of Shippensburg University Vertebrate Museum). 

2002.  Learning Outcomes Assessment in Biology:  Applying the Nichols Method.  20 April.  33rd. Annual Meeting.  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists.  Lock Haven, PA. 

2002.  Reestablishment of Benthic Populations in a Restored Stretch of Cook’s Run After First Stage of an Acid Mine Drainage Remediation Plan.  20 April.  33rd. Annual Meeting, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists.  Lock Haven, PA. (first author was student Melissa  R. Long).

1999. Planted stock survival in a mitigation wetland; 17 April.  30th. Annual Meeting.  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists.  Lock Haven, PA. (first author was student Hannah Fabrycki). 

1998.  A survey of mammal diversity at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  18 April.  29th. Annual Meeting.  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists.  California, PA.

Areas of Expertise:  Ecology of Small Mammals, Mining Impacts, Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in Biology

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