Dr. John Yunger
received his BS and MS degrees in Biology from Western Michigan University and
a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. His expertise is in population
ecology, vertebrate zoology and conservation biology. Current research projects focus on the role
of small mammals in Cryptosporidium
distribution along and urban-rural gradient, heavy metal accumulations by small
mammals at abandoned mine sites, conservation of northern hardwood forests
following settlement by Europeans.
Graduate students are also conducting research in Barn Owl dispersal,
response of soil invertebrates to small mammal burrowing, and vertical
stratification of small mammal foraging along in response to predation
risk. Dr. Yunger teaches a diversity of
upper division and graduate courses on ecology, biology of vertebrates, and
conservation. He serves on several
committees within the University and at the regional and national level.