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University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation,
215 Newins-Ziegler Hall, PO Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611-043
wk: 352-846-0568; fax: 352-392-698; email: hostetm@ufl.edu


University of Florida, Department of Zoology, Gainesville, FL

Ph.D., August 1997
M.S., May 1992

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (Biology)

B.S., May 1987

Professional Experience

Professor, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville FL, Sept. 2000 – present. Responsibilities are 80% extension and 20% research FTE. Interim Chair (2011). In conjunction with faculty, county extension agents, and state agencies, responsibilities include developing, researching, and implementing educational programs about wildlife issues and natural resource conservation of public interest; research on urban biodiversity and sustainable development; sustainable development planning and policy; and conducting workshops and continuing education programs with policymakers, design/build professionals, and the public. Current research and outreach involves how biodiversity is affected by urban landscape design/management and strategies to create resource efficient communities through planning and policy.

Director, Wahsega 4-H Environmental Education Center, Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia, Dahlonega, GA, June 1999 – Aug 2000. Responsibilities included overall operation of the Center with a budget of over $500,000 per year; supervising and hiring of permanent and seasonal staff; development and implementation of environmental education courses; teaching classes; training environmental education instructors; and administering education programs.

Post-doctoral Assistant, Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Project (CAP-LTER), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, February 1998 - June 1999. Worked on an interdisciplinary, urban research project funded by the National Science Foundation. Duties were outreach and research on urban biodiversity and how urban form affects the distribution of birds and insects.

Lecturer - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1996-1997 Designed and taught a course on Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior for non-biology majors. Classroom size was approximately 80 students.

Television and Radio Experience, October 1996 - present Currently hosting and co-producing a PBS series title “Living Green” in conjunction with WUFT TV. Along with That Gunk on Your Car (a book written by myself and published by Ten Speed Press, Oct. 1996) and my research on wildlife in urban areas, I have educated people about insects and urban wildlife through numerous TV and radio programs. Advised, appeared in, and helped design many of the segments featured in the following programs: TV - ABC News with Peter Jennings; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; BBC (England) Science Show; The Learning Channel’s Amazing Science; TV pilot show for PBS/WNET about backyard wildlife; @Discovery Canada; and Channel 3’s Brainstorm Series. Radio - NPR’s Weekend Edition; NPR’s Science Friday; Pulse of the Planet; Ripley’s Believe it or Not; etc.

Peace Corps Volunteer- Senegal, West Africa 1987 - 1989. Reforestation project in the Sahel. Duties included living in a village, learning the local language (Wolof) and culture, and working with community groups.

Selected Honors and Awards

2013 - ANREP 2013 Gold Award Web sites/Social Media/Online Courses
2012 - ANREP 2012 Silver Award Televised Conference/Videoconference/Webinar Award
2011 – Extension Wells Fargo Award for Public Policy – Extension Professional Associations of Florida
2010 - Program of Excellence Team Award – WINGS 4-H Project. Extension Professionals Association of Florida
2010 - Videographer Award of Distinction for Broadcast Media, Living with Sea Turtles - Living Green Series
2008– Videographer Award of Distinction for Broadcast Media, Renewable Energy - Living Green Series
2007 – Gold Award for Educational Television Series – Conservation Easements. Association of Natural Resource and Environmental Professionals (ANREP)
2007– Gold Award for Outstanding Team - Program for Resource Efficient Communities (ANREP)
2007– Gold Award for Innovative Program - Program for Resource Efficient Communities (ANREP)
2006 – Silver Award for Website - Solutions for Your Life: Living Green, (ANREP)
2005 –Christine Taylor Waddill Award for Outstanding Extension Programs, University of Florida, IFAS Extension
2005 – IFAS Gold Image Award, Living Green TV Series, University of Florida
2005 – IFAS Silver Image Award, Solutions for Your Life: Living Green Website,
2005 – Gold Award for Continuing Education Training. Preserving Wildlife Habitat in Residential Communities (ANREP)

Selected Grants

Total Grant Activity 2000-present: $256,697 as principle investigator; $1,217,525 as Co-principle investigator
2013 – FESC, Unifying Home Asset & Operational Ratings: Adaptive Management via Open Data & Participation Amount: $32,000
2011 – FESC, Unifying Home Asset & Operational Ratings Amount: $24,000
2008– Education Course on Biodiversity – New Zealand Awarded by: Envirolink Amount: $17,500 (PI)
2008 – Senior Scholar Fulbright – New Zealand Awarded by: CIES Amount: $14,300 (PI)
2007 – 2008 Low Impact Development Workshops. Awarded by: Water Districts and Municipalities Amount: $50,000 (Co-PI)
2005 – 2008 Living Green TV Series. Awarded by: Progress Energy, GRU, and CCC Amount: $30,000 (PI)
2004 – 2007 Butterfly Monitoring and Education. Awarded by National Science Foundation Amount: $1,110,428 (Co-PI)
2004 – 2006 Farming & Conservation Easements. Awarded by: USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Amount: $10,000 (PI)

Selected Publications (Peer-reviewed Journal Manuscripts)

Vaughn, R.M., Hostetler, M., Escobedo, F.J., and P. Jones. 2014. The influence of subdivision design and conservation of open space on carbon storage and annual sequestration. Landscape and Urban Planning 131: 64–73

Brain, R.G., Hostetler, M.E., and T.A Irani. 2014. Why Do Cattle Ranchers Participate in Conservation Easement Agreements? Key Motivators in Decision Making. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 38(3): DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2013.819479 Penniman, D., Hostetler, M., Borisova, T., and Acomb, G. 2013. Capital Cost Comparisons between Low Impact Development (LID) and Conventional Stormwater Management Systems in Florida. Suburban Sustainability 1(2): http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/subsust/vol1/iss2/1

Lentijo, G.M.and M.E. Hostetler. 2012. Effects of a participatory bird census project on knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of coffee farmers in Colombia. Environment, Development and Sustainability. DOI 10.1007/s10668-012-9383-3

Main, M. B.; Christman, M. C.; Karim, A. and Hostetler, M. 2011. Species richness and diversity of resident and migratory landbirds in remnant forest patches and residential areas in the Florida Keys, USA. International Journal of Ecology Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 364213, 12 pages doi:10.1155/2011/364213

Hostetler, M., Allen, W., and C. Meurk. 2011. Conserving urban biodiversity? Creating green infrastructure is only the first step. Landscape and Urban Planning. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.01.011

Hostetler, M.E. 2010. Beyond design: the importance of construction and post-construction phases in green developments. Sustainability 2:1128-1137.

Wald, D., and M.E. Hostetler. 2010. Value of residential open space: designation and management language of Florida’s land development regulations Sustainability 2(6): 1536-1552.

Hostetler, M.E., and M. Main. 2010. Tips to create biodiverse, urban communities. Journal of Extension 48/5.

Hostetler, M.E., and M. Main. 2010. Native landscaping vs. exotic landscaping: what should we recommend? Journal of Extension 48/5.

Dawson, D.E., and M.E. Hostetler. 2010. Edge avoidance by birds of urban forest remnants. Florida Scientist 73 (3/4): 203-217.

Hostetler, M. E., and K. Noiseux. 2010. Are green residential developments attracting environmentally savvy homeowners? Landscape and Urban Planning. 94: 234–243.

Hostetler, M.E. & D. Drake. 2009. Conservation subdivisions: a wildlife perspective. Landscape and Urban Planning. 90: 95-101.

Noiseux, K., Hostetler, M. E., 2008. Eco-opportunity knocks: do homebuyers want green features in communities? Environment and Behavior. doi: 10.1177/0013916508326470.

Hostetler, M., Swiman, E., Prizzia, A., and Noiseux, K. 2008. Reaching residents of green communities: Evaluation of a unique environmental education program. Applied Environmental Education & Communication 7(3):114-124.

Hostetler, M.E. Jones, P., Dukes, M., Knowles, H., Acomb, G. and M. Clark. 2008. With one stroke of the pen: how can extension professionals involve developers & policymakers in creating sustainable communities? Journal of Extension. 46/.

Youngentob, K, and M. E. Hostetler. 2005. Is a new urban development model building greener communities? Environment and Behavior 37: 731-759.

Traut, A. H., and M.E. Hostetler. 2004. Urban lakes and waterbirds: effects of shoreline development on avian distribution. Landscape and Urban Planning 69: 69-85.

Traut, A. H., and M.E. Hostetler. 2003. Urban lakes and waterbirds: effects of development on avian behavior. Waterbirds 26 (3): 290-302.

Hostetler, M. E., and K. Knowles-Yanez. 2003. Land use, scale, and bird distributions in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Landscape and Urban Planning 62: 55-68.

McIntyre, N. and M.E. Hostetler. 2001. Effects of urban land use on pollinator (Hymenoptera: Apodidea) communities in a desert metropolis. Journal of Applied and Theoretical Biology 2: 209-218

Hostetler, M.E. and C.S. Holling. 2000. Detecting the scales at which birds respond to landscape structure in urban landscapes. Urban Ecosystems 4: 25-54.

Hostetler, M.E. 1999. Scale, birds, and human decisions: a potential for integrative research in urban ecosystems. Landscape and Urban Planning. 45: 15-19.

Books and Book Chapters

Hostetler, M. 2012. The Green Leap: A Primer for Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivision Development. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 185 pp.

Hostetler, M. 2012. How Biologists Can Involve Developers, Planners, and Policymakers in Urban Avian Conservation. Chapter 14 In P.S. Warren and C.A. Lepczyk (eds.) Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation, University of California Press, CA, USA, p. 215-222.

Hostetler, M. E. 2001. The importance of multi-scale analyses in avian habitat selection studies in urban environments. In: Avian Ecology and Conservation in an Urbanizing World (J.M. Marzluff, R. Bowman, and R. Donnelly, eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. Pages 139 – 154.

Johnson, B.R., J. Sibernagel, M.E. Hostetler, A. Mills, E. Ndubisi, E. Fife, and M. Rossiter-Hunter. 2001 The nature of dialogue and the dialogue of nature: designers and ecologists in collaboration. In: Ecology and Design: Frameworks for Learning (Johnson, B.R, and K. Hill, eds). Island Press. Pages 305 – 356.

Hostetler, M. E. 1997. That Gunk on Your Car. A Unique Guide to Insects of North America. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley CA. 144 pages.