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Mark Hostetler

Mark Hostetler

Associate Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Phone: (352) 846-0568

215 Newins-Ziegler Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611



Ph.D. Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research Interests:

Mark has over ten years of experience in urban wildlife issues and landscape management, with a special emphasis on working with homeowners, developers, and policymakers on ways to manage and design residential developments for wildlife. In particular, he is developing educational programs that will help homeowners manage their yards and neighborhoods for wildlife. He has published in Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Ecosystems, and has several book chapters on urban design and its effect on wildlife. Currently, Mark and his graduate students are working with several developers to establish wildlife management strategies in communities that are billed as “green” developments. Mark's experience and research focus includes:

  • The effects of urban landscape design on wildlife distributions from small to large scales
  • Residential community design and management for wildlife
  • Environmental education programs for residential communities

Publications List:

  • Hostetler, M., Allen, W., and C. Meurk. 2011. Conserving urban biodiversity? Creating green infrastructure is only the first step. Landscape and Urban Planning. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.01.011.
  • Kipp, J. M., Lathrop, C. E., Hostetler, M., Clark, M. W., and P. H. Jones. 2011. Implementing low impact development in Florida: practitioners’ perspectives. Florida Watershed Journal 4(1): 12-18.
  • Hostetler, M.E. 2010. Beyond design: the importance of construction and post-construction phases in green developments. Sustainability 2:1128-1137
  • Wald, D., and M.E. Hostetler. 2010. Value of residential open space: designation and management language of Florida’s land development regulations Sustainability 2(6): 1536-1552.
  • Hostetler, M.E., and M. Main. 2010. Tips to create biodiverse, urban communities. Journal of Extension 48/5.