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Valorie Titus, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology and Program Director of Wildlife Biology and Environmental Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics  |  Turock School of Arts and Sciences

Capwell Science 211

“I love how Keystone has small class sizes. This way, we can spend a lot of our time outside the classroom and get hands-on-in-the-mud experiences. This fits well with my teaching philosophy of hands-on field-based exposure to the field of wildlife and environmental biology.”

About

Dr. Valorie Titus joined Keystone College in 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology and Program Director of Wildlife and Environmental Biology. She spent the last five years at Green Mountain College as an Assistant Professor and program director in GMC’s Wildlife and Forestry Conservation program. 

Dr. Titus grew up in a small town in Upstate, New York, and was an outdoors enthusiast at an early age. From the time she could say “zoologist,” she knew she wanted to work with wildlife and conservation. She spent much of her time hunting and fishing with her family, who instilled an appreciation for wilderness in her and encouraged her love for wildlife.

She completed her undergraduate at Cazenovia College, majoring in environmental studies. She then ventured to Murray State University for a Master’s in Biology where she studied the impacts of roads on a population of copperheads in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. She returned to the northeast to Binghamton University for her PhD where she studied movement patterns and population structure of the eastern tiger salamander on Long Island. She then worked for two years at the Bronx Zoo as a curatorial fellow in the herpetology department and then spent a year working for the Wildlife Conservation Society studying bison in Montana. 

Her current research interests focus on localized conservation efforts, diseases, and the effects of urbanization on mammal, amphibian, and reptile populations, as well as human dimensions of wildlife conservation and management. She is very active with The Wildlife Society (TWS) and Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC).

She is an alum of the TWS Leadership Institute, is a TWS Fellow, and has held a number of offices in the region and within national working groups. She is currently the student affairs co-chair for the Northeast Section of TWS and chair-elect for the Hunting and Trapping Conservation Working Group. She has been part of the NEPARC steering committee since its inception and was key to getting PARC on Social Media and served as PARC’s first social media coordinator.

Education – Degrees & Certifications

  • PhD – Biology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
    Dissertation: Movements, Connectivity, and Management: Conserving the New York State Endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander
  • MS – Biology, Murray State University, Murray, KY
    Thesis: Habitat Use and Road Mortality of the Copperhead Snake in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, KY
  • BS – Liberal and Professional Studies: Science and Society, All College Honors, Summa cum laude, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY
Wildlife Society

Real world experience is vital to a wildlife biology education.

Members of the Keystone Wildlife Society and Assistant Professor Valorie Titus, Ph.D., attended the Wildlife Society/American Fisheries Society 2019 annual meeting in Reno, Nev. The students attended workshops, scientific presentations, and networking events and spent the last day of the trip exploring Virginia City and Lake Tahoe.

Learn more about the Wildlife Biology degree.

  • Biology II
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Mammalogy/Ornithology/Herpetology/Ichthyology
  • Evolution
  • Wetlands and Riparian Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Dendrology
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Game Management

2015-present
Instructor for Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow Program

2015-2019
Member of the Vermont Herpetological Species Advisory Group

2003-present
The Wildlife Society; Editor NYS Chapter Newsletter 2005-2018, NYS Chapter Secretary 2008-2010, NYS Chapter Treasurer 2010-2011, NYS Chapter Vice-President 2011-2012, Urban Wildlife Working Group 2011-present, Wildlife Diseases Working Group 2011-present, Molecular Ecology Working Group 2012-present, Hunting and Trapping Management Working Group 2015-present, Leadership Institute 2012, President-Elect NYS Chapter 2013, President NYS Chapter 2014-2016, Northeast Student Affairs Co-Chair 2015-present. Advisor Green Mountain College Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2014-2019, Advisor, Keystone College Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2019-present

2002-present
Society for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians

2002-present
Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation; Northeast Steering Committee 2005-2012; 2014-present, Social Networking Coordinator 2010-2015, Northeast Co-chair 2010-2012, Liaison for The Wildlife Society 2012-present, Member-At-Large National Steering Committee 2012, Northeast Meeting Host 2010, 2014, and 2016

2003-present
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

2004-present
Society for Conservation Biology

2005-present
Herpetologists’ League

PROFESSIONAL

Aplasca, AC, V.R. Titus, R. Ossiboff, L. Murphy, T. Seimon, K. Ingerman, W. Moser, P.P. Calle, J.M. Sykes. 2019. Health assessment of free-ranging chelonians in an urban section of the Bronx River, New York. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 55:352-362.

Robinson, C.J., S. McNulty, and V.R. Titus. 2018. No safe space: prevalence and distribution of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in amphibians in a highly-protected landscape. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 13:373-382.

Titus, V.R., Foster, D. 2015. An incidence of twinning in Taylor’s cantil (Agkistrodon taylori) at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. Herpetological Review. 46:371-372.

Titus, V.R., Titus, V.R.; Madison, D.; Green, T. 2014. The importance of maintaining upland forest habitat surrounding salamander breeding ponds: case study of the Eastern Tiger Salamander in New York, U.S.A. Forests. 5:3031-3048.

Titus, V.R., R.C. Bell, C.G. Becker, and K.R. Zamudio. Connectivity and gene flow among eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) populations in highly modified anthropogenic landscapes. 2014.  Conservation Genetics. 15:1447-1462.

Augustine, L., V.R. Titus, and C.D. Foster.  2013. Color recognition as a management tool with a female Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. Herpetological Review. 44:445-447.

Titus, V.R., and T.M. Green. 2013. Presence of Ranavirus in green frogs and tiger salamanders in Long Island, N.Y. wetlands. Herpetological Review. 44:266-267.

Baumer, M., C.D. Foster, B. Casey and V.R. Titus. 2012. Successful incubation of Common Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater) eggs at the Bronx Zoo using suspended incubation. Herpetological Review. 43:597-599.

Pramuk, J., V.R. Titus and J. Wagner. 2011. An effective method for transporting Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). Herpetological Review. 42:532-534.

Madison, D.M., V.R. Titus and V.S. Lamoureux.  2009.  Movement patterns and radiotelemetry.  In. Dodd, CK., ed. Amphibian Conservation and Ecology: A Handbook of Techniques.  Oxford University Press.

Johnson, A.J., A.P. Pessier, J.F.X. Wellehan, T.M. Norton, N.L. Stedman, D.C. Bloom, W. Belzer, V.R. Titus, R. Wagner, J. Brooks, J. Spratt, E.R. Jacobsen.  2008.  Ranavirus infection of free-ranging and captive box turtles and tortoises in the United States.  Journal of Wildlife Disease, 44:851-863.

Miloski, S.E. and V.R. Titus. 2008. Translocation of Radio-implanted Eastern tiger salamanders Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Proceedings from the Thirteenth Annual Pine Barrens Research Forum. Upton, New York.

Titus, V.R., and E.J. Zimmerer.  2007.  Road effects on a population of copperhead snakes in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, K.Y.  Proceedings from the International Conference of Ecology and Transportation.  Little Rock, AR.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Titus, V.R. In press. Book Review: Ecological Restoration and Management of Longleaf Pine Forests. L. Katherine Kirkman and Steven B. Jack, eds. 2018. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, U.S.A. 427 PP. $185.00 HARDCOVER. ISBN 978-1-4987-4818-6/

Augustine, L., V. Titus, & C.D. Foster. 2010. The Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo Amphibian Propagation Center. AZA Amphibian Conservation 2010 Highlights and Accomplishments

Borek, A., C.D. Foster, & V. Titus. 2010. The repatriation of a tiny toad. AZA Amphibian Conservation 2010 Highlights and Accomplishments

Titus, V.R. 2009. “A Change of Heart” in Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles & Amphibians. J.K. Reaser, ed

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Robinson, C.J., S. McNulty, V.R. Titus, and E. Bevilacqua. 2016. Amphibian chytrid fungus: potential pathogen establishment in a highly-protected landscape. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.

Aplasca, AC, V.R. Titus, R. Ossiboff, L. Murphy, T. Seimon, K. Ingerman, W. Moser, P.P. Calle, J.M. Sykes. Health assessment of free-ranging chelonians in an urban section of the Bronx River, New York. 2016. 65th Annual International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association, Ithaca, NY.

Titus, V.R., J. Sykes, P. Calle, J. Rothleder, and M. Kraenzlin.  2014. Pollutants, pathogens, and  invasive species: a health assessment of the turtle species in the Bronx River, N.Y. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

Titus, V.R., K. Aune, K. Ellison, M. Schwartz, C. McCann, and P. Thomas. 2013. Using non- invasive and environmental DNA to assess the impacts of bison reintroduction. American Bison Society Conference on Bison Ecological Restoration. Big Sky, MT.

Titus, V.R., G. Kenney, K. McKean, and S. Silver.  2012. Evaluation of disease as a potential cause of northern cricket frog population declines. Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference. Charleston, WV.

Titus, V.R. and A. Borek.  2011. The efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo to save the extinct-in-the-wild Kihansi Spray Toad.  The Wildlife Society 18th Annual Conference. Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Pramuk, J., V.R. Titus and J. Wagner. 2011.  An effective method for transporting Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). The Fifth Annual Hellbender Symposium. Ligonier, PA.

Titus, V.R. 2011. Presence of Ranavirus in Green Frog and Eastern Tiger Salamander Larvae on Long Island, New York. Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference.  Manchester, NH.

Titus, V.R., K.R. Zamudio, and R.C. Bell. 2009. Population genetic diversity and connectivity among populations of the eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) in New York and New Jersey. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Portland, OR.

Titus, V.R., D.M. Madison, and T.M. Green.  2008. Upland movements of juvenile eastern tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) on Long Island. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montreal, Quebec.

Titus, V.R., D.M. Madison, and T.M. Green.  2007.  Upland habitat use and movements of the eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) on Long Island. The Wildlife Society 14th Annual Conference. Tucson, AZ.

Snyder, S.J. and V.R. Titus.  2007.  Home range size of the eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina, at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Implications for Iridovirus transmission.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.  St. Louis, MO.

Titus, V.R., and E.J. Zimmerer.  2007.  Road effects on a population of copperhead snakes in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, KY. International Conference on Ecology and Transportation.  Little Rock, AR.

Titus, V.R., D.M. Madison, and T.M. Green.  2007.  Upland habitat use and movements of the eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) on Long Island. Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference.  Mystic, CT.

Titus, V.R., and R. Cluett.  2006.  Eastern tiger salamander tracking and monitoring techniques: an educational experience.  Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference.  Burlington, VT.

Green, T.M., J.A. Feinberg, J. Higbie, and V.R. Titus.  2006.  Educational programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference.  Burlington, VT.

Titus, V.R., D.M. Madison, and T.M. Green.  2006.  Upland habitat use and movements of the eastern tiger salamander on Long Island.  Eleventh Annual Pine Barrens Research Forum.  Invited Speaker.  Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Upton, NY.

Titus, V.R., D.M. Madison, and T.M. Green. 2006. Movements of adult, metamorphic, and translocated tiger salamanders on Long Island.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.  New Orleans, LA.

Titus, V.R., D.M. Madison, and T.M. Green. 2006. Movements of adult, metamorphic, and translocated tiger salamanders on Long Island.  Northeast Natural History Conference IX.  Albany, NY.

Titus, V.R., and E.J. Zimmerer. 2003. Patterns of movement in the copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.  Brandon Springs Symposium.  Land Between the Lakes, TN.

Titus, V.R. Detection of Ranavirus in several small ponds in Shelburne, VT. Private Contract. Award: $5400.

Titus, V.R., K. Aune, and C. McCann.  2012. Using environmental DNA to determine wallow usage of the American Bison in bison recovery areas. OneWCS Grant. Award: $13,000.

Titus, V.R. and N. Mohan.  AZA FrogWatch USA Chapter Support Grant. Award: $250.

McClennen, C., E.W. Sanderson, M. Camhi, P. Calle, V. Titus, and P. Thomas.  2012.  The Challenge of Success: Managing and Monitoring Bronx Urban Marine, Estuarine and Riverine Wildlife in the Twenty-first Century.  WCS/NOAA Regional Partnership Grant.  Award: $236,568.

Titus, V.R. 2009. Population Genetics of the Eastern Tiger Salamander in New York.  Upstate Herpetological Association. Award: $1000.

2016
The Wildlife Society Fellow

2013
Inductee Cazenovia College Athletic Hall of Fame, 2000-2001 Women’s Softball Team

2012
The Wildlife Society Leadership Institute Participant

2011
New York Chapter of the Wildlife Society Stuart Free Award

2006, 2010
Szymanski Travel Award, Binghamton University

2002-2003
Dr. Morgan Emory Sisk, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

2009
Inductee Cazenovia College Athletic Hall of Fame, Softball