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Randall FitzGerald

Associate Director of the NJ School of Conservation (10M), NJ School of Conservation

BA, SUNY at Purchase
PhD, SUNY at Binghamton
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Dr. FitzGerald is the Associate Director at Montclair State University's New Jersey School of Conservation. He studies the evolutionary processes that shape the behavior of organisms. He has authored numerous articles relating to animal behavior (including humans), behavioral ecology, and sociobiology.

His current research interests center around conservation efforts related to maintaining and preserving mammalian diversity in New Jersey. Randall is collaborating with several NJDEP biologists on several conservation projects involving bobcats, woodrats and wood turtles. He is also currently collaborating with Dr. William Thomas (Director of NJSOC) on conservation issues in the New Guinea Highlands. Together with Dr. Thomas, he recently published two books on the birds of the New Guinea Highlands.

Dr. FitzGerald earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York, College at Purchase, and his Ph.D. in Biology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Prior to coming to the School of Conservation, he served as a National Science Foundation Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh investigating sex differences in the evolution of cognitive processing. Dr. FitzGerald's current role as Associate Director at the School of Conservation involves overseeing all the educational and research programs at the field center, and heading up the AmeriCorps program at the field station. He is also the field center's webmaster.

Dr. FitzGerald relaxes by creating artwork - mostly photographs and paintings of natural and rural landscapes. His artwork is represented by several fine art galleries in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.


Behavioral Ecology, Sex Differences in Cognitive Processing, Evolutionary Ecology, Small Mammal Ecology, and Microtine Biology,


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9:00 am - 4:30 pm


9:00 am - 4:30 pm


9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Research Projects

Allegheny Woodrat Conservation

I am working with NJDEP biologists to preserve the last remaining population of Allegheny woodrats in New Jersey.

Wood Turtle Monitoring

I am working with NJDEP biologist to monitor wood turtle (Gylptemys insculpta) populations in Stokes State Forest.

Bobcat Conservation

I am working with a NJDEP biologist to monitor the movements of several bobcats in northwestern New Jersey.

Sex Differences in Spatial Ability

I am working with researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Utah on furthering the reach of our theory that sexual selection is responsible for the sex-difference in spatial ability that is observable in mammals, including humans.