Andrew Laughlin

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Contact Information

  • 828-250-3993
  • 161 Rhoades/Robinson Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Friday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Dr. Laughlin teaches Principles of Ecology and Field Biology, Avian Ecology and Conservation, Wildlife Ecology and Management, and Urban Ecology. His research interests include movement and migration ecology and animal responses to environmental change, with a focus on birds. He uses a variety of techniques to examine animal movements, including geolocators and radio telemetry to track individuals, stable isotopes and Doppler weather radar to track populations, and large-scale citizen science data to understand changes in animal distribution and abundance.  Currently, he and his students are re-surveying bird communities in portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to understand how birds are responding to environmental changes there, including climate change and the recent Eastern Hemlock die-off.


  • B.A.    Calvin College
  • M.S.    East Tennessee State University
  • Ph.D.  Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Courses Taught

  • ENVR 130  Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVR 241  Principles of Ecology & Field Biology
  • ENVR 348  Avian Ecology & Conservation
  • ENVR 373  Techniques in Wildlife Ecology [special topics]
  • ENVR 373  Urban Ecology [special topics]
  • ENVR 373  Biodiversity in an Age of Extinction [special topics, Honors]
  • ENVR 390  Wildlife Ecology & Management

Recent Publications

  • Laughlin, A.J., D.R. Sheldon, D.W. Winkler, & C.M. Taylor.  [2016].  "Quantifying non-breeding season occupancy patterns and the timing and drivers of autumn migration for a migratory songbird using Coppler radar."  ECOGRAPHY 39[10], 1017-1024.
  • Fairhurst, G.D., L.L. Berzins, D.W. Bradley, A.J. Laughlin, A. Romano, M. Romano, et al.  [2015].  "Assessing costs of carrying geolocators using feather corticosterone in two species of aerial insectivore".  ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE 2:  150004.
  • Laughlin, A.J., D.R. Sheldon, D.W. Winkler & C.M. Taylor.  [2014].  "Drivers of communal roosting in a songbird:  a combined theoretical and empirical approach.  BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 25:734-743.
  • Laughlin, A.J., C.M. Taylor, D.W. Bradley, D. LeClair, R.G. Clark, R.D. Dawson, et al.  [2013].  "Integrating information from geolocators, weather radar, and citizen science to uncover a key stopover area of an aerial insectivore".  THE AUK 130[2]:230-239.
  • Laughlin, A.J., I. Karsai, F.J. Alsop III.  [2013].  "Habitat partitioning and niche overlap of two forest thrushes in the Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forests".  THE CONDOR 115[2]:394-402.