/uploadedImages/Ship/Biology/Dr_Hurd.jpgTodd M. Hurd


Office Location: FSC 240

Phone Number: (717) 477-1751

Email: tmhurd@ship.edu

Personal/Research Webpage: http://webspace.ship.edu/tmhurd/


PhD SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

MS University of Maine, Orono


I was hired at Shippensburg University in 2000 as an Ecosystems Ecologist, after living and earning my graduate degrees in the Northeast U.S. My interests span ecological and hydrological sciences and I enjoy fly fishing, upland hunting, hiking, and close food based on nutrient cycles between garden plants and chickens. I also play cello and enjoy diverse music genres. I live in Adams County Pennsylvania with my wife, daughters, and English Springer Spaniels.

Research Interests

I am specifically interested in tracing sources of water, resources, and contaminants in ecosystems using fluorescence and isotopic techniques. I am broadly interested in applying an understanding of ecosystem function to best manage natural systems and resources and to solve environmental problems.

Courses Taught

Principles of Biology: Diversity


Ecosystems Ecology

Wetlands Ecology

Plant Ecology

How to Research, Write, and Publish a Scientific Paper (Seminar)

Undergraduate Student Research Projects

McCanual, S. and T.M. Hurd, 2012. Stable Isotope Determination of Whitetail Deer Diet in Adjacent Agricultural and Forested Habitats

Hurd, T.M., M.H. Otz, I. Otz, D. Miller Jr. and M. Kalambo, 2009, Tracing organic freight to karst aquifers and spring creeks of South Central Pennsylvania with background fluorescence analysis

Shaeffer, M. and T.M. Hurd, 2009, Assessment of ciguatera toxin levels in marine fish and community change in coastal marine ecosystems of Negril

Miller, D. Jr., Jesic, S., Jerin, J., Britt, T., Amedume, Y., Fuller, N. and T.M. Hurd, 2007, Characterization of foodwebs in limestone springs using stable isotopes

MS Student Research Projects

Matthew Walderon, 2012. Nutrient dynamics in carbonate versus non-carbonate streams: sources, seasonality, and relative loading in the lower Susquehanna River Basin (Thesis)

Cory Shaffer, Brett Wingert, and Jerome Bonanno, 2011, Welsh Run Fluorescent Dye Trace Project, July 8-11, 2011 (with Dr. Tom Feeney, Dept. Geography and Earth Science)

Jennifer Lentek-Klemunes, 2008, Use of stable isotope tracing to determine effects of sewage treatment on lotic foodwebs (Thesis)

Ashley Brookhart, 2007, Benthic Assessment of Water Quality and Fluorescent Dye Tracing of Contributing Areas to Karst Springs in the Great Valley of Pennsylvania (Thesis)

Selected Publications

Hurd, T.M., Brookhart-Rebert, A., Feeney, T.P., Otz, M.H. and Otz, I. 2010, Fast, regional conduit flow to an exceptional value spring creek: implications for source water protection in mantled karst of south central Pennsylvania, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 72: 129–136.

Hurd, T.M., Jesic, S., Jerin, J.L., Fuller, N.W., and D. Miller Jr. 2008, Stable isotope tracing of trout hatchery carbon to sediments and foodwebs of limestone spring creeks. Science of the Total Environment 405: 161 -172, Doi:10.1016/j/scitotenv.2008.06.036

Hurd, T.M., Gökkaya, K., Kiernan, B.D. and Raynal, D.J. 2005, Nitrogen sources in Adirondack wetlands dominated by N-fixing shrubs. Wetlands 25:192-199