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bar Adam Ferguson
    Adam W. Ferguson
    NSF International Postdoctoral Fellow

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Ph.D. (Biological Sciences): Texas Tech University, 2014
M.S. (Biology, Non-thesis): Angelo State University, 2008
M.S. (Wildlife Ecology): Texas State University-San Marcos, 2005
B.S. (Wildlife Biology): Texas State University-San Marcos, 2003

Research Interests

My research is focused on the evolutionary ecology of mesocarnivores (members of the order Carnivora approximately less than 15 kg) with a particular interest in understanding the role these species play in ecosystem functioning. I use a multitude of techniques, both field and laboratory based, to answer my research questions. Pertinent fields of study that I regularly draw from include wildlife ecology, molecular systematics, morphometrics, phylogeography, ecological niche modeling, eco-immunology, and biogeography. Currently, I am working to understand the role of anthropogenic disturbance in shaping behavioral ecology and parasite/immune dynamics of genets (Carnivora: Viverridae) in Kenya.

Recent Publications

Young, H. S., D. J. McCauley, R. Dirzo, J. R. Goheen, B. Agwanda, A. W. Ferguson, S. N. Nyaga, M. M. McDonough, T. M. Palmer, R. M. Pringle, T. P. Young, and K. M. Helgen. In press. Context dependence of land-use change on small mammal communities in Kenya. Ecological Applications.

Ferguson, A. W. 2014. Invited book review: Bones, Clones, and Biomes: The History and Geography of Recent Neotropical Mammals, Edited by Bruce D. Patterson and Leonora P. Costa. Quarterly Review of Biology, 89: 50-51.

Bergstrom. B., L. Arias, A. Davidson, A. W. Ferguson, L. Randa, and S. R. Sheffield. 2014. License to kill: reforming Federal wildlife control to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function. Conservation Letters, 7: 131-142.

McRoberts, J., A. W. Ferguson, D. E. Schwalm, J. Timmer, and W. B. Ballard. 2014. Analysis of publication rates from presentations given at annual conferences of The Wildlife Society, 1994–2006. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 38: 131-141.

McDonough, M. M., C. G. Sotero-Caio, A. W. Ferguson, P. J. Lewis, M. Tswiio, and M. L. Thies. 2013. Mitochondrial DNA and karyotypic data confirm the presence of Mus indutus and Mus minutoides (Mammalia, Rodentia, Muridae, Nannomys) in Botswana. ZooKeys, 359: 35-51.

Do Linh San, E., A. W. Ferguson, J. L. Belant, J. Schipper, M. Hoffmann, P. Gaubert, F. M. Angelici, and M. J. Somers. 2013. Conservation status, distribution and species richness of small carnivores in Africa. Small Carnivore Conservation, 48: 4-18.

Ferguson, A. W., R. E. Strauss, A. W. Strong, S. J. Birnbaum, J. S. Poole, G. K. Janssen, and P. S. Williamson. 2013. Assessing regional differences in threats to endangered species: Implications from Texas populations of the endangered star cactus (Astrophytum asterias). Journal of Arid Environments, 97: 143-149.

Phillips, C. D., G. Phelan, S. E. Dowd, M. M. McDonough, A. W. Ferguson, J. D. Hanson, L. M. Siles, N. Ordonez-Garza, M. San Francisco, and R. J. Baker. 2012. Microbiome analysis among bats describes influences of host phylogeny, life history, physiology and geography. Molecular Ecology, 21(11): 2617-2627.

McDonough, M. M., A. W. Ferguson, L. K. Ammerman, C. Granja-Vizcaino, S. F. Burneo, and R. J. Baker. 2011. Molecular verification of bat species collected in Ecuador: results from a country-wide survey. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech, 301: 1-28.

McDonough, M. M., B. K. Lim, A. W. Ferguson, C. M. Brown, S. F. Burneo, and L. K. Ammerman. 2010. Mammalia, Chiroptera, Emballonuridae, Peropteryx leucoptera Peters, 1867 and Peropteryx pallidoptera Lim, Engstrom, Reid, Simmons, Voss and Fleck, 2010: distributional range extensions in Ecuador. Checklist, 6(4): 639-643.

Ferguson, A. W., M. M. McDonough, M. L. Thies, P. J. Lewis, and M. Gabadirwe. 2010. Mammals of the Koanaka Hills (Nqumtsa Hills) region of Botswana: a provisional checklist. Botswana Notes and Records, 42: 163-171.

Ferguson, A. W., N. A. Currit, and F. W. Weckerly. 2009. Isometric scaling in home range size of male and female bobcats (Lynx rufus). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 87: 1052-1060.

Ferguson, A. W. and P. S. Williamson. 2009. A new host plant record, the endangered star cactus Astrophytum asterias (Zuccarini) Lemaire for Moneilema armatum LeConte (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 63: 218-220.

Dowler, R. C., C. E. Ebeling, G. I. Guerra, and A. W. Ferguson. 2008. The distribution of spotted skunks, genus Spilogale in Texas. Texas Journal of Science, 60: 321-326.

Ferguson, A. W., F. W. Weckerly, J. T. Baccus, and M. R. J. Forstner. 2008. Evaluation of predator attendance at pitfall traps in Texas. The Southwestern Naturalist, 53:450-457.

Ferguson, A. W., M. M. McDonough, and M. R. J. Forstner. 2008. Herpetofaunal inventory of Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas: community composition in an urban landscape. Texas Journal of Science, 60: 123-136.

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