Adrienne Kovach

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-1603
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 130, Durham, NH 03824
Adrienne Kovach

My research focuses on the population ecology and conservation of vertebrates, with a focus on species of concern in the Northeast. I use multidisciplinary approaches, often integrating genetic and genomic tools with population and landscape modeling and the collection of observational and ecological data. I seek to address fundamental and applied questions about animal dispersal, population structure and gene flow, ecological adaptation, and occupancy and abundance monitoring. To date, I have worked with a diversity of vertebrates, including black bears, New England cottontails, tidal marsh and shrubland birds, anadromous fish, and Atlantic cod. I encourage my students to incorporate field, laboratory, and quantitative approaches in their research.

Education

  • Ph.D., Zoology, North Carolina State University
  • B.S., University of Kansas

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Natural Res
  • NR 640: Wildlife Population Ecology
  • NR 655: Vertebrate Biology
  • NR 750: Sustain Biological Diversity
  • NR 795W: Inv/Wildlife Techniques
  • NR 993: Seminar
  • NR 997: Spec Top/Conservation Genetics

Selected Publications

Bauer, M. L., Ferry, B., Holman, H., & Kovach, A. I. (2020). Monitoring a New England Cottontail Reintroduction with Noninvasive Genetic Sampling. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 44(1), 110-121. doi:10.1002/wsb.1069

Fenderson, L. E., Kovach, A. I., & Llamas, B. (2020). Spatiotemporal landscape genetics: Investigating ecology and evolution through space and time. Molecular Ecology, 29(2), 218-246. doi:10.1111/mec.15315

Cheeseman, A. E., Cohen, J. B., Whipps, C. M., Kovach, A. I., & Ryan, S. J. (2019). Hierarchical population structure of a rare lagomorph indicates recent fragmentation has disrupted metapopulation function. Conservation Genetics, 20(6), 1237-1249. doi:10.1007/s10592-019-01206-z

Walsh, J., Clucas, G. V., MacManes, M. D., Thomas, W. K., & Kovach, A. I. (2019). Divergent selection and drift shape the genomes of two avian sister species spanning a saline–freshwater ecotone. Ecology and Evolution, 9(23), 13477-13494. doi:10.1002/ece3.5804

Olsen, B. J., Froehly, J. L., Borowske, A. C., Elphick, C. S., Field, C. R., Kocek, A. R., . . . Ruskin, K. J. (2019). A test of a corollary of Allen's rule suggests a role for population density. Journal of Avian Biology, 50(9). doi:10.1111/jav.02116

Kerr, L. A., Cadrin, S. X., & Kovach, A. I. (2014). Consequences of a mismatch between biological and management units on our perception of Atlantic cod off New England. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71(6), 1366-1381. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu113

Kovach, A. I., Breton, T. S., Berlinsky, D. L., Maceda, L., & Wirgin, I. (2010). Fine-scale spatial and temporal genetic structure of Atlantic cod off the Atlantic coast of the USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 410, 177-195. doi:10.3354/meps08612

Wirgin, I., Kovach, A. I., Maceda, L., Roy, N. K., Waldman, J., & Berlinsky, D. L. (2007). Stock Identification of Atlantic Cod in U.S. Waters Using Microsatellite and Single Nucleotide Polymorphism DNA Analyses. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 136(2), 375-391. doi:10.1577/t06-068.1

Litvaitis, J. A., Tash, J. P., Litvaitis, M. K., Marchand, M. N., Kovach, A. I., & Innes, R. (2006). A range-wide survey to determine the current distribution of New England cottontails. WILDLIFE SOCIETY BULLETIN, 34(4), 1190-1197. doi:10.2193/0091-7648(2006)34[1190:ARSTDT]2.0.CO;2

Kovach, A. I., & Powell, R. A. (2003). Effects of body size on male mating tactics and paternity in black bears, Ursus americanus. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 81(7), 1257-1268. doi:10.1139/z03-111

Most Cited Publications