Tom Gehring
Department of Biology
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Mammalogy, Wildlife & Landscape Ecology
Biosciences 2402

Dr. Gehring is a professor of Biology at Central Michigan University


  • Ph.D., Department of Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, University of Illinois, 2003
  • M.S., Biology, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 1994
  • B.S., Division of Natural Sciences, St. Norbert College, 1991

Teaching Areas

  • Ecology
  • Mammalogy
  • Wildlife Ecology & Management
  • Landscape Ecology

Research Fields

Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Current Research Projects

My lab focuses on developing and testing conservation strategies for wildlife species at the population, community and landscape levels. We incorporate field-based studies with spatial analysis within GIS platforms. We have studied non-lethal management tools for carnivores in agricultural landscapes, impacts of highways on wildlife, spatial ecology of carnivores and birds, and avian influenza virus at migratory stopover sites. We are currently assessing the impacts of mute swans in wetlands, dispersal corridors for Andean bears in Venezuela, dunlin stopover ecology, and communication networks in bobcat populations.


  • ​Gehring, T. M., K. C. VerCauteren, M. L. Provost, and A. C. Cellar.  2010.  Utility of livestock-protection dogs for deterring wildlife from cattle farms.  Wildlife Research  37: In Press. 
  • Gehring, T. M., K. C. VerCauteren, and J-M. Landry.  2010.  Livestock protection dogs in the 21st century: is an ancient tool relevant to modern conservation challenges?  BioScience 60:299-308. 
  • Davidson-Nelson, S. J., and T. M. Gehring.  2010.  Testing fladry as a non-lethal management tool for wolves and coyotes in Michigan.  Human-Wildlife Interactions 4:87-94. 
  • Hawley, J. E., T. M. Gehring, R. N. Schultz, S. T. Rossler, and A. P. Wydeven.  2009.  Assessment of shock collars as nonlethal management for wolves in Wisconsin.  Journal of Wildlife Management 73:518-525. 
  • Preuss, T. S., and T. M. Gehring.  2007.  Landscape analysis of potential bobcat habitat in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2699-2706. 
  • Gehring, T. M. and B. A. Potter.  2005.  Wolf habitat analysis in Michigan: an example of the need for proactive land management for carnivore species.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:1237-1244. 
  • Gehring, T. M., and R. K. Swihart.  2003.  Body size, niche breadth, and ecologically scaled responses to habitat fragmentation: mammalian predators in an agricultural landscape.  Biological Conservation 109:283-295.