Faculty Profile

Eric Long

Eric Long

Professor of Biology

Email: longe@spu.edu
Phone: 206-378-5059
Office: Eaton 204


Education: BS, Wheaton College, 1998; MS, University of North Dakota, 2001; PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2005. At SPU since 2006.

Eric Long came to SPU from Pennsylvania, where he was born, raised, and went to graduate school, studying wildlife ecology at Penn State University. Since an early age, he has been fascinated with wildlife and sought to combine a love of nature with a passion for education.

At SPU, Dr. Long teaches upper-division courses in ecology, conservation biology, forest ecology, tropical ecology, biostatistics, and vertebrate biology, as well as sections of the introductory biology sequence. His current research focuses on population ecology of black-tailed deer on Blakely Island, Washington, where SPU maintains a field station. He was elected by the SPU student body as Professor of the Year in 2009.

If Dr. Long is not in the lecture hall, there is a good chance he is in his favorite classroom of all: the outdoors. Numerous courses of his are taught at SPU’s field station or abroad, including Winter Break courses in Belize and the Galapagos Islands.


Selected Publications

  • Long, E. S.; Jacobsen, T.C.; Nelson, B.J.; and Steensma, K.M.M. (2013). “Conditional daily and seasonal movement strategies of male Columbia black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus).” Canadian Journal of Zoology 91(10), 679–88.
  • Long, E.S.; D.R. Diefenbach; C.S. Rosenberry; and B.D. Wallingford (2010). “Influence of roads, rivers, and mountains on dispersal of white-tailed deer.” Journal of Wildlife Management 74:1242–49.
  • Long, E.S.; D.R. Diefenbach; C.S. Rosenberry; and B.D. Wallingford (2008). “Multiple proximate and ultimate causes of natal dispersal in white-tailed deer.” Behavioral Ecology 19:1235–42.
  • Long, E.S.; R.A. Sweitzer; D.R. Diefenbach; and M. Ben-David (2005). “Controlling for anthropogenically induced atmospheric variation in stable carbon isotope studies.” Oecologia 146:148–56.
  • Long, E.S.; D.R. Diefenbach; C.S. Rosenberry; B.D. Wallingford; and M.D. Grund (2005). “Landscape structure influences dispersal distance of white-tailed deer.” Journal of Mammalogy 86:623–29.

Please see Dr. Long's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Biology | Why I Teach

Why I Teach at SPU

Eric Long, Professor of Biology

“Teaching biology at SPU provides me a unique opportunity to convey my love of creation and my love of the Creator. I get to teach in the lab, in the field, and on remote islands in the San Juans, Belize, and Galapagos. The SPU field station on Blakely Island, where I teach summer courses and research black-tailed deer alongside undergraduate students, is my home away from home. I think I have the best job in the world!”

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