Dr. Matthew J. Lovallo
Dr. Lovallo began work as PGC's furbearer biologist during 1999 after serving as a research associate at The Pennsylvania State University for several years. His current activities include coordinating regulated bobcat harvests in select regions of the state, facilitating the development of Best Management Practices for trapping, and developing and implementing standardized methods to monitor expansion of river otter and fisher populations.
In 1999, he received a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from The Pennsylvania State University where his doctoral research focused on the use of remotely sensed data and geographic information systems to predict occurrence and distribution of suitable bobcat habitat in the Commonwealth. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania in 1994, Dr. Lovallo earned M.S. and B.S. degrees in Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Matt's M.S. research focused on behavior and population level characteristics of bobcats in the boreal forest environments of northern Wisconsin.
During his tenure at The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, he received awards as "Outstanding Graduate Assistant "and "Outstanding Graduate Student", and also received an award for "Best Student Paper" at the 54th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. While at PSU, he received the "Latham Award" for outstanding graduate student in the School of Forest Resources.
Dr. Lovallo is an active participant in the wildlife management and research community. He has guest lectured at numerous colleges and universities, presented research results at over 30 professional conferences, and has published in professional peer-reviewed scientific journals and mammalogy textbooks. Matt currently serves as PGC's representative and committee chair on the Northeast Fur Resources Technical Committee. Dr. Lovallo's hobbies include trapping, predator calling, and bass fishing. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association and the Bass Anglers Sportman Society.