My Conservation Work

How can we ensure the vitality and vibrancy of the ecosystems around us? How can we generate, organize, or synthesize knowledge to make better decisions and lead to success in conservation initiatives? These are the questions that guide my work.

With a M.S. in Widlife and Fisheries and a Ph.D. in Ecology, I offer experience in study design, data collection, data management, statistical analysis, and writing for professional and public audiences. I have worked in a variety in ecosystems and am interested in applied research needs.

Below you will find current projects, past projects, and a list of scientific publications resulting from my work.

The logo of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. In the logo are images of fish, deer hoof-prints, and a turkey feather.

Current Project: Midwest Regional Species List of Greatest Conservation Need

The purpose is of this project is to identify regionally important species across vertebrate and invertebrate taxonomic groups, their habitats, and the threats. The final product will be a database that identifies species of greatest conservation need based off analysis and input from state level taxonomic efforts. On this project I consult with Karen Terwilliger and Elizabeth Crisfield 


Past Projects:

Physiological and Demographic Drivers 

of Salamander Responses to Climate Change

Physiological and Demographic Drivers of Salamander Responses to Climate Change

Responses of Mourning Doves to Human-Dominated Landscapes

Mourning Dove being held

Quantitative methods for population and community ecology

Improving the efficacy of wildlife survey techniques

Improving the Efficacy of Wildlife Survey Techniques


Please follow one of the links for access to the full text: Google Scholar | ResearchGate . *Undergraduate research protegé.

14. Muñoz, D, DAW Miller. 2020. Human-dominated landcover corresponds to spatial variation in Mourning Dove reproductive output across the United States. The Condor 122:1-11.

13. Rich, L., D. Miller, D. Muñoz, H. Robinson, J.W. McNutt, M. Kelly. 2019. Sampling design and analytical advances allow for simultaneous density estimation of seven sympatric carnivore species from camera trap data. Biological Conservation 233.

12. Muñoz, D. 2018. Note: Natural Fluorescence in Plethodon cinereus. Herpetological Review 49 (3): 512-513.

11. Muñoz, D. 2018. Geographic Distribution Note: Carphophis amoenus in Union County, Pennsylvania, USA. Herpetological Review 49 (1): 74.

10. *Antonishak, M., D.J. Muñoz, D.A.W. Miller. 2017. Increasing Funnel Trap Capture Rates for Adult Vernal Pool Amphibians. Herpetological Review 48(3):544-549

9. Muñoz, D.J., K. Miller Hesed, E.H.C. Grant, D.A.W. Miller. 2016. Evaluating within-population variability in behavior and demography for the adaptive potential of a dispersal-limited species to climate change. Ecology and Evolution 6: 8740-8754.

8. Muñoz, D.J., D.A.W. Miller, C. Sutherland, E.H.C. Grant. 2016. Using spatial capture-recapture to elucidate population processes and space-use in herpetological studies. Journal of Herpetology 50(4): 570-581.

7. Sutherland, C., D.J. Muñoz, D.A.W. Miller, and E.H.C. Grant. 2016. Spatial Capture-Recapture: a Promising Method for Analyzing Data Collected Using Artificial Cover Objects. Herpetologica 72(1).

6. Muñoz, D. and C. Aiello. 2015. Book Review: Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises. Herpetological Review 46(2): 288-289.

5. Muñoz, D.J., J.M. Kapfer, C. Olfenbuttel. 2014. Do using available products to mask human scent influence camera trap survey results?. Wildlife Biology 20(4): 246-252.

4. Kapfer, J.M., D.J. Muñoz, J.D. Groves, R.W. Kirk. 2013. Home range and habitat preferences of Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina Linnaeus, 1758) in the Piedmont Ecological Province of North Carolina (USA). Herpetological Notes 6: 251-260.

3. Kapfer, J., D. Muñoz, T. Tomasek. 2012. Use of Wildlife Detector Dogs to Study Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Populations. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7(2):169-175.

2. Kapfer, J. and D. Muñoz. 2012. Herpetofaunal and Non-Volant Mammal Diversity at Sites in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist 11(1):65-88.

1. Gammon, D., J. Platania, S. Manring, D. Muñoz. 2011. Economics: the overlooked discipline in Earth stewardship.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9:535.