Positions

Overview

  • 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.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Genomics of rapid ecological divergence and parallel adaptation in four tidal marsh sparrows.Evol Lett.  3:324-338. 2019
    2018 Evaluating a focal-species approach for tidal marsh bird conservation in the northeastern United StatesCondor.  120:874-884. 2018
    2018 Bidirectional adaptive introgression between two ecologically divergent sparrow species.Evolution; international journal of organic evolution.  72:2076-2089. 2018
    2018 Strain evaluation of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) cultured at different salinitiesAquaculture.  492:215-225. 2018
    2018 The role of divergent mating strategies, reproductive success, and compatibility in maintaining the Saltmarsh-Nelson's sparrow hybrid zoneAuk.  135:693-705. 2018
    2018 Quantifying the importance of geographic replication and representativeness when estimating demographic rates, using a coastal species as a case studyEcography.  41:971-981. 2018
    2018 Spatially explicit abundance estimation of a rare habitat specialist: implications for SECR study designEcosphere.  9(5):e02217. 2018
    2018 Annual variation in the offspring sex ratio of Saltmarsh Sparrows supports Fisher's hypothesisAuk.  135:342-358. 2018
    2017 Microsatellite marker development from next-generation sequencing in the New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) and cross-amplification in the eastern cottontail (S. floridanus).BMC Research Notes.  10:741. 2017
    2017 Demographic analysis demonstrates systematic but independent spatial variation in abiotic and biotic stressors across 59 percent of a global species rangeAuk.  134:903-916. 2017
    2017 Temporal shifts in the saltmarsh-Nelson's sparrow hybrid zone revealed by replicated demographic and genetic surveysConservation Genetics.  18:453-466. 2017
    2017 Subspecies delineation amid phenotypic, geographic and genetic discordance in a songbird.Molecular Ecology.  26:1242-1255. 2017
    2017 Seasonal fecundity is not related to geographic position across a species' global range despite a central peak in abundance.Oecologia.  183:291-301. 2017
    2016 Extrinsic and intrinsic factors influence fitness in an avian hybrid zoneBiological Journal of the Linnean Society.  119:890-903. 2016
    2016 Differential introgression and the maintenance of species boundaries in an advanced generation avian hybrid zone.BMC Evolutionary Biology.  16:65. 2016
    2016 Anthropogenic Habitats Facilitate Dispersal of an Early Successional Obligate: Implications for Restoration of an Endangered Ecosystem.PLoS ONE.  11:e0148842. 2016
    2016 Genotype-environment associations support a mosaic hybrid zone between two tidal marsh birds.Ecology and Evolution.  6:279-294. 2016
    2015 Relationship of phenotypic variation and genetic admixture in the Saltmarsh-Nelson's sparrow hybrid zoneAuk.  132:704-716. 2015
    2015 Development of diagnostic microsatellite markers from whole-genome sequences of Ammodramus sparrows for assessing admixture in a hybrid zone.Ecology and Evolution.  5:2267-2283. 2015
    2015 HIGH GENETIC CONNECTIVITY IN WOOD FROGS (LITHOBATES SYLVATICUS) AND SPOTTED SALAMANDERS (AMBYSTOMA MACULATUM) IN A COMMERCIAL FORESTHerpetological Conservation and Biology.  10:64-89. 2015
    2015 Limited influence of local and landscape factors on finescale gene flow in two pond-breeding amphibians.Molecular Ecology.  24:742-758. 2015
    2015 Peritoneal Pigmentation in Purebred and Hybrid River HerringTransactions of the American Fisheries Society.  144:717-723. 2015
    2014 Consequences of a mismatch between biological and management units on our perception of Atlantic cod off New EnglandICES Journal of Marine Science.  71:1366-1381. 2014
    2014 Factors Influencing Detection in Occupancy Surveys of a Threatened LagomorphWildlife Society Bulletin.  38:513-523. 2014
    2014 A multiscale analysis of gene flow for the New England cottontail, an imperiled habitat specialist in a fragmented landscape.Ecology and Evolution.  4:1853-1875. 2014
    2013 Comparison of Live-Trapping and Noninvasive Genetic Sampling to Assess Patch Occupancy by New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) RabbitsWildlife Society Bulletin.  37:901-905. 2013
    2013 Limited effects of suburbanization on the genetic structure of an abundant vernal pool-breeding amphibianConservation Genetics.  14:1083-1097. 2013
    2013 MALE-SKEWED SEX RATIO IN SALTMARSH SPARROW NESTLINGSCondor.  115:411-420. 2013
    2013 Identifying the spatial scale of population structure in anadromous rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax)Fisheries Research.  141:95-106. 2013
    2013 No differences in egg buoyancy and anti-freeze protein production in genetically divergent subpopulations of Gulf of Maine Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua)Fisheries Research.  141:130-135. 2013
    2012 Anthropogenic influences on the spatial genetic structure of black bearsConservation Genetics.  13:1247-1257. 2012
    2012 FINE-SCALE POPULATION STRUCTURE AND ASYMMETRICAL DISPERSAL IN AN OBLIGATE SALT-MARSH PASSERINE, THE SALTMARSH SPARROW (AMMODRAMUS CAUDACUTUS)Auk.  129:247-258. 2012
    2011 Population genetic structure and history of fragmented remnant populations of the New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis)Conservation Genetics.  12:943-958. 2011
    2011 Genetic Mark-Recapture Population Estimation in Black Bears and Issues of ScaleJournal of Wildlife Management.  75:1128-1136. 2011
    2011 GENETIC BARCODE RFLP ANALYSIS OF THE NELSON'S AND SALTMARSH SPARROW HYBRID ZONEWilson Bulletin Wilson Journal of Ornithology.  123:316-322. 2011
    2010 Fine-scale spatial and temporal genetic structure of Atlantic cod off the Atlantic coast of the USAMarine Ecology - Progress Series.  410:177-U195. 2010
    2010 Understanding climate impacts on recruitment and spatial dynamics of Atlantic cod in the Gulf of Maine: Integration of observations and modelingProgress in Oceanography.  87:251-263. 2010
    2007 Stock identification of Atlantic cod in US waters using microsatellite and single nucleotide polymorphism DNA analysesTransactions of the American Fisheries Society.  136:375-391. 2007
    2006 A Range-Wide Survey to Determine the Current Distribution of New England CottontailsWildlife Society Bulletin.  34:1190-1197. 2006
    2006 A range-wide survey to determine the current distribution of New England cottontailsWildlife Society Bulletin.  34:1190-1197. 2006
    2003 Effects of body size on male mating tactics and paternity in black bears, Ursus americanusCanadian Journal of Zoology.  81:1257-1268. 2003
    2003 Evaluation of fecal mtDNA analysis as a method to determine the geographic distribution of a rare lagomorphWildlife Society Bulletin.  31:1061-1065. 2003
    Divergent selection and drift shape the genomes of two avian sister species spanning a saline-freshwater ecotoneMolecular Ecology
    Genomics of admixture and differential introgression in two divergent sparrow speciesEvolution; international journal of organic evolution
    The role of mating strategy, reproductive success, and mate compatibility in mataining species boundaries in an avian hybrid zoneThe Auk

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2018 New England cottontails.  156-157. 2018

    Principal Investigator On

  • RII Track-2FEC: Genomic Ecology of Coastal Organisms (GECO): A Systems-based Research and Training Program in Genome-Phenome Relationships in the Wild  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2018 - 2022
  • FWS: Shrubland Bird & NE Cottontail Surrogate Species  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2015 - 2020
  • Sparrow Nanotagging-FWS  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2015 - 2020
  • Melissa Bauer: Grant-in-Aid of Research  awarded by Amer Society of Mammalogists 2018 - 2020
  • NFWF: Demonstrating the Efficacy of Early Successional Forest Restoration in Creating Functioning Landscapes for New England Cottontail  awarded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 2018 - 2019
  • Assessing the Ecological Effectiveness of Hurricane Sandy Marsh Restoration  awarded by University of Delaware 2017 - 2019
  • Multi-Colony Analysis of the Diet of Adult Puffins  awarded by American Ornithological Society 2018 - 2019
  • WMI-New England Cottontail Genetic Monitoring  awarded by Wildlife Management Institute 2015 - 2019
  • Metapopulation Dynamics and Viability of New England Cottontails in an Urban New Hampshire Landscape  awarded by NH Department of Fish & Game 2016 - 2018
  • Great Thicket Pellet Samples  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2017 - 2018
  • Genetic Variation Related to Growth Performance in Domestic and Wild Striped Bass  awarded by Auburn University 2018
  • Genetic Monitoring of NE Cottontails in Connecticut  awarded by Connecticut, State of 2012 - 2018
  • Resilience of Tidal Marsh Bird Community to Hurricane Sandy  awarded by University of Maine 2015 - 2017
  • Metagenomic Analysis of Tidal Marsh Sparrow Diets  awarded by Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife 2017
  • MDIFW-Improved Population Estimation for NEC  awarded by Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife 2015 - 2017
  • SK GMRI Cod Intrastock Diversity and Resilience  awarded by Gulf of Maine Research Institute 2014 - 2017
  • WNERR-NEC Representative Species for Shrubland Birds  awarded by Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve 2015 - 2016
  • Occupancy Monitoring of NEC in Londonderry, NH  awarded by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc 2016
  • UNE Subcontract-New England Cottontail Burrows Project  awarded by University of New England 2015 - 2016
  • Conservation Genetics for Adaptive Managment of New England Cottontail - USGS SSP  awarded by US DOI, US Geological Survey 2014 - 2015
  • Genetic Testing and Monitoring of New England Cottontails  awarded by US DOI, Department of the Interior 2013 - 2015
  • Monitoring Cottontail Occupancy in Western Massachusetts for AECOM  awarded by AECOM 2014 - 2015
  • Monitoring Outcomes of New England Cottontail Trans-Locations in NH  awarded by Wildlife Management Institute 2014 - 2015
  • Genetic Investigations of Hybridization and Metapopulation Dynamics  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2010 - 2015
  • Using Spatial and Genetic Tools to Understand Functional Connectivity in a Patchy Landscape  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2013 - 2015
  • Quantifying the Short-Term Impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Tidal-marsh Birds and their Habitats  awarded by University of Maine 2014
  • Genetic Testing and Monitoring of New England Cottontails  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2010 - 2014
  • Patterns of Selection in Avian Hybrid Zone-Walsh AOU Award  awarded by The American Ornithologists' Union 2012 - 2014
  • Focusing New England Cottontail Restoration through Understanding Landscape Utilization-OHF  awarded by Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund 2012 - 2013
  • Monitoring Saltmarsh Sparrow Nests for Studies of Hybridization  awarded by Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife 2011 - 2012
  • Genetic Monitoring of Cottontails in Maine and New Hampshire  awarded by Wildlife Management Institute 2010 - 2011
  • Noninvasive Genetic Monitoring of Cottontails in Maine: Detection and Population Estimation  awarded by Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife 2010 - 2011
  • Development of Noninvasive Monitoring Tools for New England Cottontail Populations  awarded by Wildlife Management Institute 2010 - 2011
  • Genetic Testing for New England Cottontails  awarded by Connecticut, State of 2007 - 2010
  • Geographic Structure of New England Cottontails in Maine  awarded by Maine, State of 2008 - 2009
  • Genetic Testing for New England Cottontails  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2008 - 2009
  • DNA Anaylsis of Hunter-Harvested Bears  awarded by NH Department of Fish & Game 2009
  • GRFP: A Multi-Species Assessment of Functional Connectivity in an Imperiled Ecosystem  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • GRFP: Quantifying Metapopulation Connectivity in Fragmented Landscapes: A landscape Genetic and Predictive Modeling  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Co-principal Investigator On

    Teaching Activities

  • Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources Taught course 2019
  • Sustain Biological Diversity Taught course 2019
  • Sustain Biological Diversity Taught course 2019
  • Seminar Taught course 2018
  • Wildlife Population Ecology Taught course 2018
  • Wildlife Population Ecology Taught course 2018
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Natural Res Taught course 2018
  • Sustain Biological Diversity Taught course 2018
  • Sustain Biological Diversity Taught course 2018
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Natural Resource Taught course 2017
  • Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources Taught course 2017
  • Wildlife Population Ecology Taught course 2017
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Natural Res Taught course 2017
  • Vertebrate Biology Taught course 2017
  • Vertebrate Biology Taught course 2017
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Natural Resource Taught course 2016
  • Seminar Taught course 2016
  • Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources Taught course 2016
  • Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources Taught course 2016
  • Spec Top/Conservation Genetics Taught course 2016
  • Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources Taught course 2015
  • Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources Taught course 2015
  • Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources Taught course 2015
  • Vertebrate Biology Taught course 2015
  • Vertebrate Biology Taught course 2015
  • Vertebrate Biology Taught course 2015
  • Intro to Forensic Sciences Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Adrienne Kovach