David Muñoz

  • Ph.D. Student, Ecology
David Muñoz
435 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. 2015 - M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science
  2. 2012 - B.S. Environmental & Ecological Science

While an undergraduate student, David participated in a variety of herpetofaunal and mammalian surveys in the Piedmont province of North Carolina: Eastern Box turtle (Terrepene carolina) telemetry, wildlife detector dogs, terrestrial vertebrate inventories, and camera trap methodology. After graduating, he worked as an intern/technician on several different projects for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah State University, and Ohio State University.

As a graduate student, David is researching the population dynamics of Red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) in central Pennsylvania and the greater Northeast. Using mark-recapture techniques, the project aims to quantify and estimate demographic variables. Additionally, the project will assess the potential impacts of climate change through the physical manipulation of two different environmental variables. His work is part of the Salamander Population and Adaptation Research Collaboration Network (SPARCnet).

Adviser:  David Miller