Steury Lab

Wildlife ecology research at Auburn University


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Lab Publications


  • Wilson, S.B., S.S. Ditchkoff, R.A. Gitzen, and T.D. Steury. In Press. Eastern gray squirrel survival in a hunted bottomland forest ecosystem. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

  • Wada, H. B.P. Kriengwatana, T.D. Steury, S.A. MacDougall-Shackleton. 2018. Incubation temperature influences sex ratio and offspring's body composition in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Canadian Journal of Zoology. Link

  • Wilson, A.E., J.L. Pollock, I. Billick, C. Domingo, E.G. Fernandez-Figueroa, E.S. Nagy, T.D. Steury, A. Summers. 2018. Assessing science training programs: structured undergraduate research programs make a difference. Bioscience 68:529-534. Link

  • Draper, J.P., L.P. Waits, J.R. Adams, C.L. Seals, and T.D. Steury. 2017. Genetic health and population monitoring of two small black bear (Ursus americanus) populations in Alabama, with a regional perspective of genetic diversity and exchange. PLOS ONE 12(11):e0186701. Link

  • Thornhill, D.J., E.J. Howells, D.C. Wham, T.D. Steury, and S.R. Santos. Population genetics of reef coral endosymbionts (Symbiodinium ,Dinophyceae). Molecular Ecology (Invited Review) 26:2640-2659. Link

  • Silvano, A.L. , C. Guyer, T.D. Steury, and J.B. Grand. 2017. Selecting focal species as surrogates for imperiled species using relative sensitivities derived from occupancy analysis. Ecological Indicators 73:302-311. Link

  • Newbolt, C.H., P.K. Acker, T.J Neuman, S.I. Hoffman, S.S. Ditchkoff, and T.D. Steury. 2017. Factors influencing reproductive success in male white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:206-217. Link

  • Neuman, T.J., C.H. Newbolt, S.S. Ditchkoff, and T.D. Steury. 2016. Microsatellites reveal plasticity in reproductive success of white-tailed deer. Journal of Mammalogy 97:1441-1450. Link

  • Cortes, F.E., and T.D. Steury. 2016. Factors that influence the risk of carnivore road mortality in central Alabama. Journal of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 3:190-194. PDF.

  • Garland, L., C. Ellis, and T.D. Steury. 2016. Food habits of black bears in suburban versus rural Alabama. Journal of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 3:185-189. PDF

  • Gese, E.M., F.F. Knowlton, J.R. Adams, K. Beck, T.K. Fuller, D.L. Murray, T.D. Steury, M.K. Stockopf, W.T. Waddell, and L.P. Waits. 2015 Managing hybridization of a recovering endangered species: the red wolf (Canis rufus) as a case study. Current Zoology 61:191-203. Link

  • Karns, G.R., A.M. Holland, T.D. Steury, and S.S. Ditchkoff. 2014. Maternal life history of white-tailed deer: factors affecting fetal sex allocation, conception of timing, and senescence. Evolutionary Ecology Research 16:165-178. PDF

  • Angle, C.T., J.J. Wakshlag, R.L. Gillette, T.D. Steury, P. Haney, J. Barrett, and T. Fischer. 2014. The effects of exercise and diet on olfactory capability in detection dogs. Journal of Nutritional Science. 3(e44):1-5. Link

  • Morse, W.C., D.R. Lowery, and T.D. Steury. Exploring saturation of qualitative themes and spatial locations in a qualitative PPGIS study design. Society and Natural Resources 27:557-571. Link

  • Caraway, K., R. Wilborn, A Johnson, J. Barrett, and T. Steury.  2013. Precision of the Neubauer Hemocytometer in quantifying concentration of canine spermatozoa within and between operators of differing experience levels. Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Research 2:21-25. PDF

  • Dellinger, J.A., C. Proctor, M.J. Kelly, M.R. Vaughan, and T.D. Steury. 2013. Habitat use of a large carnivore, the red wolf, in a human-altered landscape. Biological Conservation 157:324-330. Link

  • Sparkman, A.M., J.R. Adams, T.D. Steury, L.P. Waits, and D.L. Murray. 2012. Pack social dynamics and inbreeding avoidance in the cooperatively breeding red wolf. Behavioral Ecology 23:1186-1194. Link

  • Lowery, D.R., W.C. Morse, and T.D. Steury. 2012. Biological and social investigation of human-black bear conflicts in the panhandle of Florida. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 17:193-206. Link

  • Sparkman, A.M. J. Adams, T.D. Steury, L. Waits, and D.L. Murray. 2012. Evidence for a genetic basis for delayed dispersal in a cooperatively breeding canid. Animal Behaviour 83:1091-1098. Link

  • Dellinger, J.A., B.L. Ortman, T.D. Steury, J. Bohling, and L.P. Waits. 2012. Food habits of red wolves during pup-rearing season. Southeastern Naturalist 10:731-740. Link

  • McCoy, J.C., S.S. Ditchkoff, and T.D. Steury. 2011. Bias associated with baited camera sites for assessing population characteristics of deer. Journal of Wildlife Management. 75:472-477. Link

  • Sparkman, A.M., J. Adams, A. Beyer, T.D. Steury, L. Waits, and D.L. Murray. 2011. Helper effects on pup lifetime fitness in the cooperatively breeding red wolf (Canis rufus). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 278:1381-1389. Link

  • Sparkman, A.M., J.R. Adams, T.D. Steury, L.P. Waits, and D.L. Murray. 2011. Direct fitness benefits of delayed dispersal in the cooperatively breeding red wolf (Canis rufus). Behavioral Ecology 22:199-205. Link

  • Steury, T.D., J.E. McCarthy, T.C. Roth, II, S.L. Lima, and D.L. Murray. 2010. Evaluation of a root-n bandwidth selector for kernel home range estimation. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(3):539-548. Link

  • Murray, D.L., M.G. Anderson, and T.D. Steury. 2010. Temporal shifts in density dependence among North American breeding duck populations (1955-2005). Ecology 91:571-581. Link

  • Boulerice, J., M.D. Smith, and S.S. Ditchkoff. 2009. Alabama cougars: sorting fact from fiction. Alabama Cooperative Extension System publication #ANR-1358, Auburn, AL. PDF

  • Murray, D.L., T.D. Steury, and J.D. Roth. 2008. Assessment of Canada lynx research and conservation needs in the southern range: another kick at the cat. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:1463-1472. Link

  • Roth, J.D., D.L. Murray, and T.D. Steury. 2008. Spatial dynamics of sympatric canids: modeling the impact of coyotes on red wolf recovery. Ecological Modelling 214:391-403. Link

  • Roth, J.D., J.D. Marshall, D.L. Murray, D.M. Nickerson, and T.D. Steury. 2007. Geographical gradients in diet affect population dynamics of Canada lynx. Ecology 88:2736-2743. Link

  • Steury, T.D., and D.L. Murray. 2005. Regression vs. ANOVA. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:356-357. PDF

  • Lima, S.L., and T.D. Steury. 2005. Perception of predation risk: the foundation of non-lethal predator-prey interactions. In P. Barbosa and I. Castellanos, editors. Ecology of Predator-prey Interactions. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

  • Angilletta, Jr., M.J., T.D. Steury, and M.W. Sears. Temperature, growth rate, and body size in ectotherms: fitting pieces of a life-history puzzle. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 44:498-509. Link

  • Steury, T.D., and D.L. Murray. 2004. Modeling the reintroduction of lynx to the southern portion of its range. Biological Conservation 117:127-141. Link

  • Steury, T.D., and D.L. Murray. 2003. Causes and Consequences of individual variation in territory size in red squirrel. Oikos 101:147-156. Link

  • Steury, T.D., A.J. Wirsing, and D.L. Murray. 2002. Using multiple treatment levels as a means of improving inference in wildlife research. Journal of Wildlife Management 66:292-299. Link

  • Wirsing, A.J., T.D. Steury, and D.L. Murray. 2002. A demographic analysis of a southern snowshoe hare population in a fragmented habitat: evaluating the refugium model. Canadian Journal of Zoology 80:169-177. Link

  • Wirsing, A.J., T.D. Steury, and D.L. Murray. 2002. The relationship between body condition and vulnerability to predation in two small mammals. Journal of Mammalogy 83:707-715. Link

  • Murray, D.L., J.D. Roth, E. Ellsworth, A.J. Wirsing, and T.D. Steury. 2002. Estimating low-density snowshoe hare populations using fecal pellet counts. Canadian Journal of Zoology 80:771-781. Link

  • Wirsing, A.J., T.D. Steury, and D.L. Murray. 2002. Non-invasive estimation of body composition in small mammals: A comparison of conductive and morphometric techniques. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 75:489-497. Link


Cooper's hawk with a freshly killed pigeon ( Tim Roth)


Juvenile red squirrel


Canadian lynx


Checkerboard of clear-cuts in Idaho


Elk in river during fire in Montana (no I did not take this picture)


Packer Meadows on the Idaho/Montana Border


View from Diabolo Lookout, Idaho



E-mail: 3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849 Phone: 334.844.9253
Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Todd Steury 2008