Mark V. Lomolino | Environmental and Forest Biology | SUNY-ESF
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Mark V. LomolinoProfessor

Mark Lomolino

240 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210




I thoroughly enjoy teaching a variety of courses, and advising and interacting with students interested in the ecology, evolution, geography and conservation of nature.  

Currently offered courses include - 

EFB 444 Geography of Nature (3 cr., Fall)
EFB 644 Biogeography (4 cr., Fall)
EFB 483 Mammal Diversity (3 cr., Spring)
EFB 796 Conservation Biogeography (1 cr., Fall and Spring)


Research Interests

My research focuses on biogeography, ecology, evolution and conservation of wildlife inhabiting insular, montane, and fragmented ecosystems. My research combines empirical and theoretical approaches across a broad range of scales to explore patterns in the geography of life and develop effective strategies for conserving biological diversity and the geographic context of nature. 

Dr. Lomolino is a Co-founder and Past-President of the International Biogeography Society (


Graduate Students

Our research covers a variety of topics in ecology, evolution and biogeography of wildlife, each with an emphasis on applying these lessons for conserving biological diversity.  

Current students:

Katherina Searing, “Rapid evolution of mammalian body size in response to anthropogenic climate change.”  Ph.D., SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Anticipated in Fall, 2013.

Natasha Karniski, “Climate change, snow cover, movements and conservation of fishers and martens in the Adirondack Region of New York State.”  Masters Thesis, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Anticipated in Spring, 2013.

Kristin Haynes, Master of Science anticipated Spring 2016.


Past students:

Kyle Kolwaite, MPS 2013, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Shannon Marie Morgan, “Effects of fragment area on bats of a temperate rainforest – Olympic National Forest, WA.” Master Thesis, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Spring, 2008.

Chris Akios, “Habitat loss and the utility of an old-growth corridor for herpetofauna in Olympic National Forest.” Masters Thesis, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Fall, 2007

Gregory Smith, “Assembly of Avian Communities Associated with Prairie Dog Towns in a Mixed, Shortgrass Prairie.” Ph.D., University of Oklahoma. Spring, 2007. Present Position: Manager - Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education, Department of Biology, University of Akron, Ohio.

Scott LaPoint, “Ecology and Conservation of Wildlife along a Major Highway in Adirondack Park, New York. Spring, 2007. Masters Thesis, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Jocelyn Jones. MPS 2007. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Melissa Songer, "Ecology and Niche Dynamics of Peromyscus in the Olympic National Forests." Masters Thesis, University of Oklahoma. Spring, 1996. Present Position: GIS Specialist, Smithsonian Conservation Research Center.

David R. Perault, “Landscape Ecology and the Role of Corridors in Determining the Spatial Structure of Insular Mammal Populations. ”Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oklahoma, Summer, 1998. Present position: Chair and Assistant Professor, Environmental Biology Program, Lynchburg College, Virginia.

Rob Channell, “A Geography of Extinction: Patterns in the Contraction of Geographic Ranges.” .”Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oklahoma, Summer, 1998. Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Fort Hays State University, Kansas.

Tabbatha Franklin, “Effects of Old-growth Forest Fragmentation on Two Species of Shrews in Olympic National Forest, Washington. ”Masters Thesis, University of Oklahoma. Fall, 1999.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles:

Lomolino, M. V. 1984. Immigrant selection, predatory exclusion and the distributions of Microtus pennsylvanicus and Blarina brevicauda on islands. American Naturalist 123:468-483.

Lomolino, M. V. 1985. Body size of mammals on islands: the island rule re-examined. American Naturalist 125:310-316.

Lomolino, M. V., J. H. Brown and R. Davis. 1989.  Island biogeography of montane forest mammals in the American Southwest.  Ecology 70:180-194.

Brown, J. H. and M. V. Lomolino. 1989.  On the nature of scientific revolutions: independent discovery of the equilibrium theory of island biogeography.  Ecology 70:1954-1957.

Lomolino, M. V., J. C. Creighton, G. D. Schnell and D. L. Certain. 1995.  Ecology and conservation of the endangered American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus).  Conservation Biology 9:605-614.

Lomolino, M. V., and R. Channell. 1995.  Splendid isolation: patterns of range collapse in endangered mammals.  Journal of Mammalogy 76:335-347.

Channell, R., and M. V. Lomolino. 2000.  Dynamic biogeography and conservation of endangered species.  Nature 403:84-86.

Lomolino, M. V., and D. R. Perault. 2000.  Assembly and dis-assembly of mammal communities in a fragmented temperate rainforest. Ecology 81:1517-1532.

Lomolino, M. V. 2000. Ecology’s most general, yet protean pattern: the species-area relationship. Millennium Issue, Journal of Biogeography (invited paper) 27:17-26.

Lomolino, M. V. 2000. A call for a new paradigm of island biogeography. (introduction to a special feature, edited by M.V. L. for) Global Ecology and Biogeography 9:1-6.

Channell, R., and M. V. Lomolino. 2000.  Trajectories toward extinction: dynamics of geographic range collapse.  Journal of Biogeography 27:169-179.

Lomolino, M. V., and M. D. Weiser. 2001.  Towards a more general species-area relationship: diversity on all islands, great and small.  Journal of Biogeography 28:431-445.

Lomolino, M. V., and G. A. Smith. 2003. Long-term persistence of prairie dog towns: insights for designing networks of prairie reserves. Biological Conservation 115:111-120.

Lomolino, M. V., and Perault, D. R. 2004. Geographic gradients of deforestation and mammalian communities in a fragmented, temperate rainforest landscape. Global Ecology and Biogeography 13:55-64.

Lomolino, M. V., and G. A. Smith. 2004.  Prairie dog towns as islands: applications of island biogeography and landscape ecology for conserving non-volant terrestrial vertebrates.  Global Ecology and Biogeography 12:275-286.

Lomolino, M. V. 2005.  Body size evolution in insular vertebrates: generality of the island rule. Journal of Biogeography 32:1683-1699.

Lomolino, M. V. 2006.  Space, Time, and Conservation Biogeography. Chapter 6 in, The Endangered Species Act at Thirty: Conserving Biodiversity in Human-dominated Landscapes.  J. M. Scott, D. D. Goble and F. W. Davis (eds.).  Island Press, London.

Lomolino, M. V., and D. R. Perault. 2007.  Body size variation of mammals in a fragmented, temperate rainforest.  Conservation Biology 21:1059-1069.

Lomolino, M. V., and J. H. Brown.  2009.  The reticulating phylogeny of island biogeography theory.  Quarterly Review of Biology  84(4):357-90.

Lomolino, M. V.  2010.  Four Darwinian themes on the origin, evolution and preservation of island life.  Journal of Biogeography  37: 985–994.

Lomolino, M. V., D. F. Sax, M. R. Palombo and A. A. van der Geer.  2012.  Of mice and mammoths: evaluations of causal explanations for body size evolution in insular mammals.  Journal of Biogeography 39:842-854.

MacDonald, D. W. and K. J. Willis.  (editors)  2013.  Key Topics in Conservation Biology –  Chapter 11: Habitat case studies: Islands (Carolyn King, Mark Lomolino, Gary Roemer and Brendan Godley)  (in press).

Lomolino, M. V., A. A. van der Geer, G. A. Lyras, M. R. Palombo, D. F. Sax and R. Rozzi.  2013.  Of mice and mammoths: generality and antiquity of the island rule.  Journal of Biogeography (in press).



Lomolino, M. V., Sax, D. F., and Brown, J. H. (editors) 2004. Foundations of Biogeography. University of Chicago Press, IL. 

Lomolino, M. V., and L. R. Heaney. (editors) 2004. Frontiers of Biogeography. Sinauer Associates, Inc. 

Lomolino, M. V., B. R. Riddle, R. J. Whittaker and J. H. Brown.  2010.  Biogeography, 4th Edition.  Sinauer Associates.

For full list of publications, see Vitae