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LILY G-327
Phone: 494-8129

I continue to work with colleagues, former graduate students and undergrad research students on long-term datasets from primates (gray-cheeked mangabeys in Uganda) and rodents (banner-tailed kangaroo rats in Arizona),  Research questions include:

  • How does dispersal within a possible metapopulation influence population dynamics?
  • What are the fitness consequences of dispersal?
  • How detrimental is inbreeding in wild populations and how is it avoided?
  • Do animals avoid or join kin and if so, how do they recognize them?
  • Can genetic data be used to better estimate rates of dispersal? 


Note that, because I will be retiring in 2011, I am no longer taking on new graduate students.


Ph.D., Rockefeller, 1974

Professional Faculty Research

(Animal behavior) Ecological and demographic effects on mammalian dispersal; genetic estimators of dispersal in fragmented habitats; adaptive aspects of mammalian social behavior.

Other Activities

  • Research on population ecology/genetics of kangaroo rats, Portal, Arizona, July 10-24, 2003.
  • Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY Stony Brook, Monday December 1, 2003. Served as an outside committee member for a PhD defense.
  • Research on population ecology/genetics of kangaroo rats, Portal, Arizona, March 12-19, 2004.

Faculty Presentations

  • Mark-recapture and genetic analyses of dispersal, Department of Biology, Central Michigan University, February 19, 2004.
  • Genetic signatures of dispersal: new ways to track movements by shrews, salmon, rats and bears,, Department of Biology, DePauw University, April 23, 2004.

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