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Jerry Urquhart
Jerry Urquhart, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Department: Biology
Address: E-186 Holmes
Phone: (517) 353-1759

Gerald R. Urquhart Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, Professor of Biology, Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University. 


Dr. Urquhart is a tropical biologist who studies coupled natural and human systems with over 25 years of experience working in the tropics. He teaches in both Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  He began teaching at MSU in 1999 and has taught courses ranging from biology to computer science to study abroad.


In his research, Dr. Urquhart is most interested in understanding the synergistic effects of globalization and climate change as the last wild places on Earth become more influenced human activity.  The majority of his work has focused on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, but he has a new NSF-funded project in the Brazilian Amazon.


Dr. Urquhart leads study abroad programs to Nicaragua and Ecuador.  In his study abroad programs, he works to emphasize the human condition in teaching about rainforests as a place where humans and wildlife coexist. 


Before working at Michigan State University, he received his bachelor’s degree from Lyman Briggs Michigan State University in Zoology, his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and held a post-doctoral research position at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. 

    2005 -Outstanding Service to Study Abroad Award, International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University
    2004 -Outstanding Faculty Award, MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Michigan State University

    National Science Foundation, (Foster, Weatherspoon, Vannocker, Urquhart, Siegford, Shipman, Schumacher, Roth, Ording, Millenbah, Lucas), Careers in Food, Energy, and the Environment - an Interdisciplinary Approach [2017 -2021] $999,983
    National Science Foundation, (Moran, Urquhart, Pokhrel, Mueller, Moore, Lu, Lopez, Hyndman), INFEWS/T3: Rethinking Dams: Innovative Hydropower Solutions to Achieve Sustainable Food and Energy Production, and Sustainable Communities [2017 -2020] $1,135,923
    Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, (Urquhart), Nicaragua Baird's Tapir Conservation Initiative [2012 -2014] $25,000
    MSU Internationalizing the Student Experience Program, (G. R. Urquhart and D. B. Kramer), Bringing the International Back to Campus: Video Vignettes in Classroom Teaching [2010 -2010] $15,000
    National Science Foundation, (Kramer, Urquhart, McCright, Allen, Qi), The Connection of Remote Communities: Environmental Effects [2008 -2013] $1,057,121
    National Science Foundation TUES Grant, (J. J. Smith, M. Heidemann, G. R. Urquhart, C. Murphy, Williams), Integrative Case Studies in Evolution Education [2001 -2001] $199,797

    2012 Sarikas, C., and G. R. Urquhart. 2012. Survival of Dipteryx oleifera (Fabaceae) trees after Hurricane Ida in Nicaragua. Journal of Tropical Ecology 28: 327-329.
    2011 Lovis, W. A., G. R. Urquhart, M. E. Raviele, and J. P. Hart. 2011. Hardwood ash nixtamalization may lead to false negatives for the presence of maize by depleting bulk d13C in carbonized residues. Journal of Archaeological Science 38(10): 2726-2730.
    2011 Stevens, K., L Campbell, G. Urquhart, D. Kramer and J. Qi. 2011. Examining complexities of forest cover change during armed conflict on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast. Biodiversity and Conservation 20: 2597–2613.
    2010 Jordan, C. A., K.J. Stevens, G.R. Urquhart, D.B. Kramer, and K. Roe. 2010. A new record of Baird’s tapir Tapirus bairdii in Nicaragua and potential implications. Tapir Conservation 19:11-15.
    2009 Urquhart, G. R. 2009. Paleoecological hurricane disturbance and forest regeneration in Nicaragua. Quaternary International 195: 88-97.
    2009 Kramer, D. B., G. Urquhart, and K. Schmitt. 2009. Globalization and the connection of remote communities: A review of household effects and their biodiversity implications. Ecological Economics 68: 2897–2909
    2009 Hart, J. P., G. R. Urquhart, R. S. Feranec, and W. A. Lovis. 2009. Nonlinear Relationship Between Bulk d13C and Percent Maize in Carbonized Cooking Residues and the Potential of False Negatives in Detecting Maize. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:2206-2212.
    2007 Hart, J. P., W. A. Lovis, J. K. Schulenberg, and G. R. Urquhart. 2007. Paleodietary Implications from Stable Carbon Isotope Analysis of Experimental Cooking Residues. Journal of Archaeological Science 34 (2007) 804-813.
    2007 Petrucha, M.E. and G. R. Urquhart. 2007. First Nesting of Double Crested Cormorants in Roscommon County. Michigan Birds and Natural History 15.
    2005 Heidemann, M. and G. R. Urquhart. 2005. A Can of Bull? Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy? Journal of College Science Teaching 35 (October): 40-44