Small mammal landscape genetics in New York City

Lead Principal Investigator: Dr. Jason Munshi-South, Assistant Professor, Baruch College, CUNY

Collaborating Scientist: Dr. Catherine Burns, Research Assistant Professor, University of Maine & Research Affiliate, WildMetro

This newly initiated research project is a collaborative effort between scientists at WildMetro, Baruch College, and the University of Maine, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. We are using a combination of field and lab-based methods to investigate how urbanization—currently and historically—has impacted small mammal population dynamics and connectivity in the New York metropolitan area.  We are focusing our efforts on three small mammal species: the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus), meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), and short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda).  Data collection began during summer 2008 and will continue through summer 2010.

For more information about this exciting new project, check out Dr. Munshi-South’s faculty website: