Matt Mulligan, M.S.


Conservation & Science


Urban Wildlife Institute


Adjunct Scientist


M.S. – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S. – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Areas of Expertise

  • Urban wildlife ecology
  • Conservation science
  • Field research
  • Wildlife endocrinology
  • Environmental education and outreach


Matt is an adjunct scientist who continues to collaborate on urban wildlife and endocrinology research projects at Lincoln Park Zoo. Matt’s research focuses include the community composition and health of urban and exurban small mammal species, as well as the health and stress of bats roosting in urban landscapes. He also assists with the zoo’s long-term biodiversity monitoring study using motion-activated field cameras.

Prior to his work with the Urban Wildlife Institute and the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, Matt was an education coordinator with the Learning Engagement team. In that role, he developed programs such as the Research Apprenticeship Program, the Conservation Ambassadors Board, Chicago Environmental Stewards, and the Partners in Fieldwork program, which received top honors in education at the 2015 Association of Zoos and Aquariums annual convening.

Matt believes that environmental conservation starts with public engagement, which is solidified with scientific research that provides the data to support it. Matt studies urban wildlife to understand underlying factors that influence species health and stress with the goal of minimizing human-wildlife conflicts in densely populated areas while engaging with the public to be more environmentally conscious.


  • Magle, S. B., Fidino, M., Lehrer, E. W., Gallo, T., Mulligan, M. P., Ríos, M. J., Ahlers, A. A., Angstmann, J., Belaire, A., Dugelby, B., Gramza, A., Hartley, L., MacDougall, B., Ryan, T., Salsbury, C., Sander, H., Schell, C., Simon, K., Onge, S. S., & Drake, D. 2019. Advancing urban wildlife research through a multi-city collaboration. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(4), 232–239.
  • Murray, M. H., Fyffe, R., Fidino, M., Byers, K. A., Rios, M. J., Mulligan, M. P., & Magle, S. B.   2018. Public Complaints Reflect Rat Relative Abundance across Diverse Urban Neighborhoods. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6.
  • Mulligan, M.P., C. Grant, J. Herget, E. Martell, and L. Melber. 2015. Partners in Fieldwork: empowering urban high school learners. Best Practices-Committee for Education and Cultural Action 4:85-94.
  • Bechtol, E., and M.P. Mulligan. 2014. Partners in Fieldwork: raising teen awareness of urban wildlife through scientific research. Informal Learning Review 129:15- 21.
  • Mulligan, M.P., R.L. Schooley, and M.P. Ward. 2013. Effects of connectivity and regional dynamics on restoration of small mammal communities in Midwestern grasslands. Restoration Ecology 21(6): 678-685.