Kimberly J. Babbitt, Ph.D.

Kimberly J. Babbitt, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor


  • Assessment of the utility of forested buffers for protection of vernal pool-dependent amphibians
  • Role of amphibians in ecosystem function
  • Population genetics of amphibians in disturbed landscapes
  • Conservation ecology and population genetics of salt marsh sharp-tailed sparrows
  • Landscape ecology of the northern goshawk


  • 1996 Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
  • 1988 M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 1984 B.S. Wildlife Management, University of New Hampshire


Selected Publications

Walsh, J., A.I. Kovach, K.J. Babbitt, and K.M. O”Brien. 2012. Fine-scale population structure and asymmetrical dispersal in an obligate salt marsh passerine, the saltmarsh sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus). The Auk. 129:247.258.

Walsh, J., A.I. Kovach, O.P. Lane, K.M. O”Brien and K.J. Babbitt. 2011. Genetic barcode RFLP analysis of the Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrow hybrid zone. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 123:316-322.

J. Veysey, S. Mattfeldt and K.J. Babbitt. 2011. Comparative influence of isolation, landscape, and wetland characteristics on female population size of two pool-breeding amphibian species. Landscape Ecology. 26:661-672.

Freidenfelds, N.A., J.L. Purrenhage, and K.J. Babbitt. 2011. Effects of clearcuts and forest buffer size on post-breeding emigration of wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus). Forest Ecology and Management. 261:2115-2122.

Suomala, R.W, S.R Morris, K.J. Babbitt, and T.D Lee. 2010. Migrant songbird species distribution and habitat use during stopover on two islands in the Gulf of Maine. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 122:725-737.

Babbitt, K.J. Baber, M.J., D.L. Childers, and D. Hocking.  2009. Influence of agricultural upland habitat on larval anuran assemblages in seasonally-inundated wetlands. Wetlands 29:294-301.

Veysey, J., K.J. Babbitt, and A.C. Cooper. 2009. An experimental assessment of buffer width: implications for salamander migratory behavior. Biological Conservation. 142:2227-2239.

Baber, M.J., R. Brejaart, K. Babbitt, T. Lovegrove, and G. Usher. 2009. Response of non-target native birds to mammalian pest control for kokako in the Hunua Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand. Notornis. 56:176-182.


Selected Service Activities

  • Member, UNH Strategic Planning, Student Experience Working Group (2008)
  • Associate Editor for Conservation, Herpetologica (2006-2008)
  • Member, COLSA Strategic Planning Committee (2006)
  • Member, University Committee on Study Away (2002 – present)
Kim Babbitt
Rudman Hall, Room G15c
Durham, NH 03824