Jorie M. Favreau

Year Started at Paul Smith’s:  2005
Department: Natural Science
Program: Fisheries & Wildlife Science


Releasing a snowshoe hare after fitting it with a radio collar.

Animal behavior fascinates me. I’m particularly interested in why animal move about their home ranges like they do. With Paul Smith’s students, I’ve trapped, radio tracked, and back tracked snow shoe hares to answer questions about them. We have also collected eye lenses from dead hares to determine their ages and femurs to determine body condition (fat content in marrow).

My students and I have also researched bird building collisions in the Adirondacks and I lead Bird Safe Adirondacks.

In addition, I’m interested in the role of conservation law enforcement in protecting our natural resources. I routinely attend meetings of the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association.

While earning my PhD in zoology from North Carolina State University, I trapped and radio tracked black bears in the mountains of North Carolina. Prior to obtaining my PhD, I worked as a field technician for a variety of organizations including NY DEC (peregrines), Arizona Game and Fish (bald eagles), US Fish and Wildlife Service (California condors), US Forest Service (small mammals in southeast Alaska), US Geological Survey (honeycreepers in Hawaii), for a graduate student (hawk migration in the Florida Keys), and for the Institute for Bird Populations (banding songbirds in Indiana).

Interests and Activities

TWS students traveling to conclave.

Advisor to Paul Smith’s Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Chair, Department of Natural Science

I feel incredibly lucky to live and work in the Adirondacks. I enjoy hiking, paddling, gardening, and raising animals like chickens. I share my home with my husband, son, Labrador retriever Butter, and cat Zippy.

I have served as the Advisor to Paul Smith’s Chapter of The Wildlife Society since its inception in 2006 and as the Chair of the Department of Natural Science.

Bird Safe Adirondacks »

Academic Background

PhD, Zoology, North Carolina State University
MA, Integrated Professional Studies, DePaul University
BA, Biology, Illinois Wesleyan University

Courses Taught

FWS 101 Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlilfe Managment
FWS 201 Introduction to Wildlife Management
FWS 270 Natural History of N. American Vertebrates
FWS 320 Techniques in Wildlife Management
FWS 470 Wildlife Management
BIO 410 Animal Behavior

Jorie M. Favreau

Contact »

Professor of Wildlife Biology
Freer 213C
(518) 327-6911