Seth Magle, Ph.D.


Conservation & Science


Urban Wildlife Institute




Post-doctoral Researcher – Ecology of deer in a chronic wasting disease area, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. – Effects of habitat fragmentation and urbanization on black-tailed prairie dogs, Colorado State University
M.S. – Behavior and distribution of prairie dogs impacted by urbanization, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Areas of Expertise

  • Urban wildlife ecology
  • Landscape ecology and GIS methodology
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Population estimation


Seth first became interested in conservation and ecology as a college student while observing black-tailed prairie dogs living in sidewalk median strips near his home in Boulder, Colorado. Daily interactions with these fascinating animals made him wonder what allowed these small, seemingly helpless mammals to survive in such a highly urban habitat. Eventually, he completed an honors thesis on the behavior of this urban-adapted keystone species; he ultimately expanded on that research for both a master’s degree (from the University of Wisconsin) and a doctorate (from Colorado State University).

However, Seth’s interests go far beyond prairie dogs to encompass all wildlife species impacted by urbanization and human development. He has researched urban wildlife species for more than 20 years and published nearly 50 research articles. He is now the director of the Urban Wildlife Institute and the executive director of the Urban Wildlife Information Network, an alliance of urban wildlife researchers spanning 23 cities.

His vision is to help create a world where urban ecosystems represent an important component of the worldwide conservation of biodiversity.