Charney Lab at the University of Maine Orono

Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology
University of Maine

In research, writing, and teaching, work in the Charney Lab spans landscape ecology, conservation biology, natural history, public policy, and environmental education.  Dr. Charney is author of a forthcoming natural history book on reading landscapes and coauthor of the award-winning Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species.  On the side, he runs a nonprofit conservation organization and helps run a jazz club, both in Nashville, TN. Dr. Charney can be reached at:

Completing PhD in Ecology and Environmental Science
Topic: Vernal Pools, eDNA, and Unisexual Salamanders

Brief Biography:  I grew up in Queens, NY. My interests in ecology have brought me to New England, Florida, California, and Ecuador, where I’ve worked on conservation science programs for threatened wildlife, including vernal pool amphibians and Galapagos tortoises. When not deep in data or the field, I enjoy cooking, reading, writing, and staying active outdoors.

Research Interests:  My research interests are broad and mostly reside in the realms of restoration ecology and population biology of amphibians and reptiles. I am most interested in studying wildlife populations over different disturbance gradients and using various sampling and quantitative techniques to advance our understanding and management of cryptic ecological communities. I’m also interested in the social dimensions of wildlife conservation and using interdisciplinary frameworks to better understand complex conservation stories.

(Co-Advised by Christina Murphy)
Completing MS in Ecology and Environmental Science
Topic: Aquatic Ecology of Northern White-Cedar Lowlands

Brief Biography: I’m from the Chicago area and have been interested in the natural world for most of my life. I became interested in aquatic ecology after spending a field season as an intern in Alaska working on various freshwater projects that included working with both aquatic insects & juvenile salmon. In my free time, I enjoy gaming, hiking, & cooking.

Current Research: My research is focused on the wetland ecology of northern white-cedar lowland forests in Maine. The project will be working to help inform understanding of the biological processes & intermittent wetland habitat of these areas by looking at insect biomass, assemblages, & biodiversity as well as wood decomposition & aquatic leaf litter processing.