Paul D. Curtis, Ph.D. Cornell University

Paul D. Curtis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Natural Resources,
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853-3001
Wildlife Damage Management at Cornell University



Doctoral Degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University  in 1990 
Master of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1981

Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources from West Virginia University in 1978

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Wildlife Science and Management, and Extension Wildlife Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, July 2004.

  • Assistant Professor, Wildlife Science and Management, and Extension Wildlife Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, July 1998 to June 2004.

  • Sr. Extension Associate, Extension Wildlife Specialist and Wildlife Damage Management Program Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, January 1993 to June 1998.

  • Extension Associate, Vertebrate Pest Management, Program Leader, Cornell Cooperative  Extension Wildlife Damage Management Program, Department of Natural Resources,  Cornell University, January 1990 to December 1992.

Honors and Awards


  • Outstanding Professional Award--The Wildlife Society-NYS Chapter, 2005
  • Outstanding Professional Award--Northeast Association of Wildlife Damage Biologists 2004
  • College Based Faculty Award--Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Honorary Extension Fraternity 2001
  • Best Professional Paper--The Wildlife Society- NYS Chapter, 2000
  • Bronze Telly - Urban Goose Videotape  Telly BroadcastAward, 1999 Communication
  • Bronze Apple Award--Videotape National Educational Media Network 1998 Film and Video Competition
  • Wildlife Damage Management National Program  Achievement Award                Berryman Institute, Utah State University, 1996
  • Silver Telly Award- Videotape  Communication--Telly Broadcast  Award 1995
  • Extension Publication Award--American Society for Horticulture Science, July 1995
  • Publication Award- Newsletter NYS Assoc. of County Agric. Agents Cornell University 1993
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society Cornell University, 1993
  • Outstanding Journal Article--The Wildlife Society, March 1990
  • Outstanding Journal Article--SE Section-TWS, October 1989

Recent Publications

  • Curtis, P. D., E. D. Rowland, Paul G. Jensen, and M. P. Hoffmann.  2004.  Obstructive non-woven fiber barriers for reducing red-winged blackbird damage to sweet corn. Crop Protection 23:819-823.

  • Curtis, P. D., L. A. Braband, and J. A. Shultz.  2004.  Best practices for nuisance wildlife control operators: A training manual. Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYS IPM Program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ithaca, NY. 300pp.

  • Curtis, P. D. and P. G. Jensen.  2004.  Habitat factors affecting beaver occupancy along roadsides in New York State. Journal of Wildlife Management 68(2):278-287.

  • Curtis, P.D, and W. F. Siemer.  2004.  The role of educational intervention in community-based deer management. Transactions North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 68:197-208.

  • Riley, S. J., D. J. Decker, J. W. Enck, P. D. Curtis, T. B. Lauber, and T. L. Brown. 2003.  Deer populations up, hunter populations down: implications of interdependence of deer and hunter population dynamics on management. Ecoscience 10(4):356-362.

  • Jensen, P. G., P. D. Curtis, R. E. Austic, and M. E. Richmond. 2003.  Field evaluation of capsaicin as a rodent aversion agent for poultry feed. Pest Management Science 59:1007-1015.

  • Merrill, J. A., E. G. Cooch, and P. D. Curtis.  2003.  Time to reduction: factors influencing management efficacy in sterilizing overabundant white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 67(2):267-279.

  • Curtis, P. D., E. D. Rowland, M. M. Harribal, G. B. Curtis, J. A. Renwick, and M. D. Martin-Rehermann, and G. L. Good.  2003.  Plant compounds in Pachysandra terminalis that act as feeding deterrents to prairie voles (Microtus ochragaster). Hort Science 38(3):390-394.

  • Curtis, P. D., E. D. Rowland, and G. L. Good.  2002.  Developing a plant-based vole repellent: screening of ten candidate plants. Crop Protection 21:299-306.

  • Cowan, P., R. Pech, and P. D. Curtis.  2002.  Field applications of fertility control for wildlife management. Pages 305-318 in Conservation Biology 8: Reproduction and Integrated Conservation Science, W. V. Holt, A. R. Pickard, J. C. Rodger, and D. E. Wildt, eds. Cambridge University Press. 409pp.

  • Curtis, P. D., R. L. Pooler, M. E. Richmond, L. A. Miller, G. A. Mattfeld, and F. W. Quimby.  2002.  Comparative efficacy of gonadotropin-releasing hormone and porcine zona pellucida immunocontraceptive vaccines for controlling reproduction in white-tailed deer. Reproduction-Supplement 60:131-141.

  • Jensen, P. G., P. D. Curtis, M. E. Lehnert, and D. L. Hamelin.  2001.  Factors influencing obstruction of highway culverts by beaver.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 29(2):654-664.

  • Curtis, P. D., E. D. Rowland, G. C. Curtis, and J. A. Dunn.  2001.  Capsaicin-treated seed as a squirrel deterrent at bird feeders. Proceedings Wildlife Damage Management Conference 9:86-102.

  • Brown, T. L., D. J. Decker, S. J. Riley, J. W. Enck, T. B. Lauber, P. D. Curtis, and G. Mattfeld.  2000. The future of hunting as a mechanism to control white-tailed deer populations. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28(4):797-807.

  • Curtis, P. D., A. N. Moen, J. W. Enck, S. J. Riley, D. J. Decker, and G. Mattfeld.  2000. Approaching the Limits of Traditional Hunter Harvest for Managing White-tailed Deer Populations at the Landscape Level. HDRU Series 00-4, Human Dimensions Research Unit, Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. 58pp.

  • Merwin, I. A., J. A. Ray, and P. D. Curtis.  1999.  Orchard groundcover management systems affect meadow vole populations and damage to apple trees. HortScience 34(2):271-274.

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