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Dr. Michael T. Mengak

Associate Dean for Outreach
Professor - Wildlife Specialist

Contact Information

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Phone:
706-583-8096

Campus address

Office:
Warnell 4-435
Education:
Ph.D. 1987 Forestry/Wildlife Clemson University Dissertation: 'Impacts of natural and artificial regeneration of loblolly pine on small mammals in the South Carolina piedmont.'
M.S. 1982 Forestry/Wildlife Clemson University Thesis: 'A comparison of two diet analysis techniques applied to white-tailed deer in coastal South Carolina.'
B.S. 1979 Fisheries/Wildlife Virginia Tech

Research

Research Areas Detail:

Research focuses on natural history and ecology of woodrats (Allegheny and Key Largo); distribution and economic impact of wild pigs; inventory and monitoring of mammals; and nuisance wildlife management.

Allegheny Woodrats

Conduct a survey of historical sites in Virginia for the presence of Allegheny woodrats. Collect biological data on individuals captured and habitat/landscape date for each site sampled.

Area of Specialization
Inventory and monitoring of non-game wildlife; wildlife damage management; wildlife service and outreach

Recent Citations:

Books or Book Chapters

Mengak, M. T., and C. A. Miller. (In preparation). Human Dimensions and Education. Chapter XXX in K. Vercaurteren (editor). Ecology and Management of Feral Swine in North America. Taylor and Frances Publishers.

Mengak, M.T. (In review). Relocation of nuisance wildlife. Technical Report. National Wildlife Research Center, USDA Wildlife Services, Ft. Collins, CO.

Foster, M.A. and M.T. Mengak. 2015. Georgia Wild Pig Management Manual. River Valley Regional Commission, Columbus, GA. 102 pages

Kammermeyer, K. and M.T. Mengak. 2010. Camera Surveys. Pages 193-197 in K. Kammermeyer and R. Thackston. Deer & Turkey Management Beyond Food Plots. Scott Lithographing Company, Tucker, GA.

Mengak, M.T., C.M. Butchkoski, D.J. Feller, and S.A. Johnson. 2008.  Lessons form long-term monitoring of woodrats. Pages 109-132 in J. Peles and J. Wright (editors) The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species. Springer-Verlag Publishers.

Monographs

Linehan, J. M, and M. T. Mengak, S. B. Castleberry, and D. Miller.  2008.  Inventory of the mammalian species at Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Occasional Papers of the Texas Tech Museum. Number 272. 11 March 2008.  16 pages.

Castleberry, S. B., M. T. Mengak, W. M. Ford.  2006.  Neotoma magister.  Mammalian Species No. 789, pp. 1-5, 3 figs

Journal Articles (since 2012)

Lombardi, J.V., M.T. Mengak, S.B. Castleberry, and V.K. Terrell. (In Press). Rock outcrop camera survey for selected mammal species in Shenandoah  National Park, Virginia.  Natural Areas Journal.

Mingie, J., N. Poudyal, M. Bowker, M. T. Mengak. 2017.  Big game hunters preferences for hunting lease attributes: An application of a choice experiment. Forest Policy and Economics 78(2017): 98-106.

Mingie, J., N. Poudyal, M. Bowker, M. T. Mengak, and J. Sirey. 2017.  A hedonic analysis of big game hunting club dues in Georgia. Human Dimensions of   Wildlife 22(2): 110-125.

Ninke, L.B. and M. T. Mengak. 2016.  Evaluating the Georgia Master Naturalist Program.  Journal of Extension, June 2016, Vol. 54, No. 3, Article #3RIB7. www.joe.org

Harper, E.E. , J. J. Vaske, C. A. Miller, M.T. Mengak, and S. Bruno. 2016.  Stakeholder attitudes and beliefs toward wild pigs in Georgia and Illinois.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 40(2):269-273.

Lombardi, J. V., M. T. Mengak, S. B. Castleberry, V. K. Terrell, and M. Fies. 2016.  A new long-tailed weasel county record in Shenandoah National Park. Virginia Journal of Science 67(1):1-5.

Lombardi, J. V., M. T. Mengak, and S. B. Castleberry. 2016.  Three new county records for Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius) in Shenandoah National Park.  Banisteria 46:25-27.

Harper, E.E., J.J.Vaske, C.A.Miller, M.T. Mengak, and S. Bruno. 2016. Stakeholder attitudes and beliefs towards wild pigs in Georgia and Illinois. Wildlife     Society Bulletin 40(2): 269-273.

Kanine, J. M., S.B. Castleberry, M. T. Mengak, and C. Winchester.  2015.  Seasonal variation in Key Largo woodrat (Neotoma floridana smalli) diets. Southeastern Naturalist 14(2): 405-414.

Castleberry, S. B., M. T. Mengak, and T. E. Menken. 2014. Comparison of trapping and camera survey methods for determining presence of Allegheny woodrats. Wildlife  Society Bulletin 38(2): 414-418.

McCleery, R., M. Oli, J. Hostetler, B. Karmacharya, D. U. Greene, C. Winchester, J. Gore, S. Sneckenberger, S. B. Castleberry, and M. T. Mengak.  2013.  Are declines of  an endangered mammal predation-driven, and can a captive-breeding and release program aid their recovery?  Journal of Zoology, Print ISSN 0952-8369; doi 10.1111/jzo.  12046. 

Greene, D. U., S. B. Castleberry, and M. T. Mengak.  2013. A methodology for long-term monitoring of the endangered Key Largo cotton mouse.  Wildlife Society Bulletin. 37(2):  368-374.

Conference Proceedings

Mengak, M. T. 2016.  Landowner opinions regarding wild pigs in Georgia, USA. Pages 162-169 in RM Timm and RA Baldwin (editors). Proceedings 27th Vertebrate Pest Conference, Newport Beach, Ca.  March 6-10, 2016.

Mengak, M. T. 2014.  The extent and impact of wild pig damage to landowners in southwest Georgia, USA. Pages 287-290 in RM Timm and JM O’Brien, (editors).  Proceedings 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference, Waikoloa Village, Hawaii.  March 3-6, 2014.

Mengak, M. T., C. A. Miller, and D. I. Hall.  2009.  Attitudes of students in a wildlife damage management class towards nuisance wildlife control. Pages 75-83 in J. Boulanger  (editor).  Proceedings 13th Wildlife Damage Management Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.  May 3-6, 2009.

Mengak, M. T.  2009.  Growing loblolly pine with wildlife food plots, hunting lease assumptions and liability issues.  Pages 92-100 in Siry, J. et al. (editors). 2009 Proceedings of  the 2008 Southern Forest Economics Workers Annual Meeting; 2008 Mar 9-11, Savannah, GA.

Stephens, L. R., M. T. Mengak, D. I. Hall.  2007.  Evaluation of resident Canada Goose relocation in Georgia.  Pages 543-553 in D. L. Nolte (editor). Proceedings of the 12th  Wildlife Damage Management Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

Technical Bulletins and Final Reports

Lombardi, J. V., M. T. Mengak, S. B. Castleberry, V. C. K. Terrell. 2016.  Observations from a rock outcrop camera survey in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  National Park Service Final Report. 83 pp.

Hatt, J., L. Worsham, G. Sundin, G. Grossman, M.T. Mengak, and N. Nibbelink. 2016.  Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Gulf Islands National Seashore. Natural  Resource Report NPS/GUIS/NRR—2014/1135. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Hatt, J., L. Worsham, G. Sundin, G. Grossman, M. T. Mengak, and N. Nibbelink. 2016. Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and  Preserve. Natural Resource Report NPS/JELA/NRR—2014/953. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Sundin, G., L. Worsham, N. Nibbelink, G. Grossman, and M. T. Mengak. 2014. Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Vicksburg National Military Park. Natural Resource  Report NPS/VICK/NRR—2014/769. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. Published Report – 2207798.

Worsham, L, G. Sundin, N. Nibbelink, G. Grossman, and M. T. Mengak. 2014. Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Natchez Trace Parkway. Natural Resource Report  NPS/NATR/NRR—2014/843. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. Published Report – 2216371.

Recent Grants and Contracts

Survey and protect the rare Allegheny woodrat, NPS-Shenandoah National Park; 2014 - 2016  $49,993

Development of the Georgia Wild Hog Management Field Manual, River Valley Regional Commission; 2013 - 2014  $15,000

Natural resource condition assessment for 5 regional parks, NPS; 2010 - 2013  $285,000

Natural resource conditions assessment for 6 regional parks, NPS: 2005 - 2010 $200,780

Status & Distribution of Allegheny Woodrats in Virginia, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries; 2009 - 2011  $87,500

Ecological understanding as a guideline for evaluation of nonformal education (EUGENE), USDA Forest Service; 2005 - 2009  $200,780

Assessing knowledge gain from the Natural Inquirer, USDA Forest Service; 2009 - 2011  $96,390

A protocol for monitoring Key Largo cotton mouse, US Fish and Wildlife Service; 2006 - 2008  $75,000

Teaching:

Graduated Students (Since 2013)

In Progress

Todd, Charles (MNR, 2017)
Kelley, Steven (MNR, 20018)

Completed

  Mingie, James (PhD, 2016) - Post-Doc, Univ Tennessee

  Kanine, Jennifer (PhD, 2013) - Wildlife Biologist, Michigan

  Foster, Michael (MNR, 2015) - UGA Cooperative Extension Agent

  Fulmer, Josie (MNR, 2014) - UGA 4-H Environmental Education

  Hildreth (Ninke), Lauren (MNR, 2013) - Missouri Dept Wildlife Conservation

  Arnold, Sarah (MNR, 2013) - ZooAtlanta

 

Courses Regularly Taught:
Outreach:

My outreach focus is on nuisance wildlife management and human-wildlife conflict resolution.  I work with county extension agents and various landowners and clients to solve urban nuisance wildlife issue.  I also work with county extension agents to resolve wildlife damage issues related to wild pigs, white-tailed deer, and common urban wildlife.  I am the state coordinator for the Georgia Master Naturalist Program.