Michael J. Sheriff, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Mammalogy and Ecology
Michael J. Sheriff, Ph.D.
405 Forest Resources Building

University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-0135


  1. BSc. Honors w/ High Distinction, University of Toronto (2005)
  2. PhD, University of British Columbia (2010)
  3. Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2013)

Research Interests

The research focus of my lab addresses one of the fundamental questions in biology: what limits and regulates animals in their natural world?  Our approach is to bridge physiology, behavior, and ecology to understand how animals interact with the world around them. As such, we are broadly interested in the underlying physiological mechanisms by which ecological interactions (predation, competition, climate, etc…) alter behavior and cause changes in reproduction, survival, and ultimately population demography and community structure. 

Please visit my lab webpage ( for a current list of publications, students & general happenings in my lab.
Courses Taught

Conservation Biology (WFS 430)
Mammalogy (WFS 408) 
Mammalogy Field Techniques Lab (WFS 409)