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Erin Barding, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor - Biology
Phone: 706-867-4558

Office: Health and Natural Sciences, 432, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Wildlife ecology & management

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1101/1101L  Biology: A Human Perspective
  • BIOL 1108K Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 1260/1260L  Environmental Science/Lab
  • BIOL 4020  Mammalogy
  • BIOL 4090  Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 4327  Wildlife Ecology & Management
  • BIOL 4536 Tropical Cloud Forest Ecology (Study Abroad in Costa Rica)


  • Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology & Management, University of Kentucky, 2011
  • M.S., Biology, Eastern Illinois University, 2006
  • B.S., Biology, Eastern Illinois University, 2001

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Barding is interested in many areas of biology, but her research has focused on wildlife ecology and management.  She researched the effects of meso-carnivores on nesting birds in Illinois for her MS, and her Ph.D. research centered on the food habits, reproductive physiology, and management of river otters in Kentucky.  Even though her research has largely focused on mammals, she holds a special place in her heart for herpetofauna.  She has been a part of research teams studying black bears, chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer, amphibian and reptile population surveys, ruffed grouse, passerines, bats, and she is proud to say she has extensive experience searching for, classifying, and dissecting animal scat.

Together with Dr. Smith, students in our lab at UNG research the ecology and evolution of parasitic, polyembronic wasps (Copidosoma) and their looper hosts (Chrysodeixis includens and Trichoplusia ni).



Barding, E.E. and Lacki, M.J. 2015. Occurrence of Nematodes (Dracunculus spp.) in Reintroduced River Otters in Kentucky. Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science. In Press. 

Barding, E.E. and Lacki, M.J. 2014. Demographic and Reproductive Characteristics of Reintroduced River Otters in Kentucky: Implications for Population Growth.  American Midland Naturalist 172(2): 338-347.

Barding, E. E. and Lacki, M. J. 2012. Winter diet of river otters in Kentucky. Northeastern Naturalist 19(2):157-164.

Lacki, M.J. and Barding, E.E. 2011. Research on North American River Otters in Kentucky: Recovery, Ecological Impacts and Population Dynamics. Kentucky Woodlands Magazine 6(3): 16-17.

Barding, E. E., Lacki, M. J., and Patton, L. 2010. Recovery of the river otter to Kentucky.  Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 64:112-117.

Barding, E. E. and T. A. Nelson. 2008. Raccoons use habitat edges in Northern Illinois. American Midland Naturalist 159 (2): 394-402.

Personal Information

Dr. Barding was raised in the Chicago area and has been gradually moving south for the past 15 years.  She has lived in central Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and she is very pleased to finally have made it to the “real south”. She enjoys camping, fishing, herping, birding, golf - basically anything that involves the outdoors!  She is excited to live in such a beautiful place and loves to explore the area with her husband, Lane.

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