Salamander population dynamics in relation to land-use in Eastern Kentucky

Human-induced, land-use changes are among the primary causes of ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss. Across central Appalachia, land-use change represents a stressor to stream ecosystems. Read more.


Impacts of snake fungal disease on wild snake populations

Snake fungal disease is an emerging threat to snake populations in the Commonwealth and throughout the eastern US. Infected snakes often have skin ulcers, facial swelling, unusual molting and aberrant behaviors. Read more.


Roosting ecology, reproduction and torpor patterns of little brown bats in Yellowstone National Park

The little brown bat is the most important species of bat in YNP both in terms of abundance and impact on night flying insects. These bats rely heavily on...Read more.


Roosting behavior and habitat selection of northern long-eared bats during spring emergence and autumn swarming in Mammoth Cave National Park

The northern long-eared bat is a cave-hibernating species in eastern North America that once was common across its distribution but, due to catastrophic mortalities during hibernation from white-nose syndrome, has declined... Read more.


Demographic and genetic characteristics of a recolonizing black bear population in eastern Kentucky

Black bears are thought to have become extinct in Kentucky before 1900 as a result of overhunting and forest loss. Bears began a steady recolonization... Read more.


The Ecology of the Martial Eagle in the Maasai Mara Region of Southern Kenya

Apex (top) predators are critical components of ecosystems, the loss of which can result in a domino (trophic cascade) effect that impacts entire areas and food webs. The Martial Eagle is the largest species of eagle in Africa but its population is declining...Read more.


Using Landscape Genetics to Investigate Red Wolf-Coyote Hybridization and Coyote Colonization of Kentucky

The red wolf is a critically endangered canid species that numbers < 100 individuals in the wild. In contrast, the coyote has rapidly expanded its range and population size...Read more.


Survival and cause-specific mortality of white-tailed deer in southeastern Kentucky

White-tailed deer numbers were ~2000 at the turn of the 20th century, but aggressive restocking efforts and game laws catalyzed the rapid expansion and growth of deer, particularly from 1980-2000. Read more.


Detecting the (Not-so) Common Raven in Kentucky

The common raven (Corvus corax) is a cliff-nesting bird species of concern and state listed as threatened in Kentucky. Suitable breeding habitat appears to be extensive in Kentucky but the status...Read more.


Associated Faculty

John J. Cox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Michael J. Lacki, Ph.D.
Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management (Publications)

Steven J. Price, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Stream and Riparian Ecology (Publications)

Using Landscape Genetics to Evaluate the Impact of Forest Fragmentation on Pit Vipers

Globally, habitat loss and fragmentation are the primary threat to most species. Central Appalachia contains high biodiversity, but has been heavily impacted...Read more.


Elk Research

Learn more about the various elk research projects. Read more.


The Effects of Herbivory, Competition, and Fire on Bluegrass Savanna-Woodland Hardwoods of Central Kentucky

Central Kentucky was rapidly settled and divided up among landowners by 1800, a process that led to the extinction of the bison, elk, wolf, black bear and mountain lion in this area, and to the gradual extinction of its savanna-woodland landscape. Read more.


Impact of Timber Harvest on Breeding Birds in a Mixed-mesophytic Forest

Kentucky’s forests are highly biodiverse, and timber harvest can negatively impact forest communities by causing direct or indirect mortality of organisms via habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. Read more.