Steury, Todd

Todd Steury, Associate Professor

SFWS 2347 | (334) 844-9253 | steury@auburn.edu
| Steury Lab at Auburn University
BS, University of Colorado, 1996, Biology; MS, University of Idaho, 2002, Wildlife resources; PhD, Indiana State University, 2007, Ecology
Teaching Responsibilities: Wildlife Biology and Statistics
Research Interests: My lab is broadly interested in the population ecology, species interactions, and behavior of wildlife, especially mammalian predators and their prey. We are particularly interested in applying knowledge learned in the above areas to better conserve and restore species.
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Gese, E.M., F.F. Knowlton, J.R. Adams, K. Beck, T.K. Fuller, D.L. Murray, T.D. Steury, M.K. Stoskopf, W.T. Waddell, and L.P. Waits. 2015Managing hybridization of a recovering endangered species: The red wolf (Canis rufus) as a case study.Current Zoology 61:191-203.
Lowery, D., W.C. Morse and T. Steury. 2014Exploring Saturation of themes and spatial locations in a qualitative PPGIS study.Society and Natural Resources. 0:1-15.
Karns, G. R., A. M. Holland, T. D. Steury, and S. S, Ditchkoff. 2014Maternal life history of white-tailed deer: factors affecting fetal sex allocation, conception timing, and senescence. Evolutionary Ecology Research 16:165-178.
Angle, C.T., J.J. Wakshlag, R.L. Gillette, T.D. Steury, P. Haney, J. Barrett, and T. Fischer. 2014The effects of exercise and diet on olfactory capability in detection dogs.Journal of Nutritional Science 3(e44):1-5.
Caraway, K., R. Wilborn, A. Johnson, J. Barrett, and T. Steury.2013Precision of the Neubauer Hemocytometer in quantifying concentrations of canine spermatozoa within and between operators of differing experience levels.Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Research 2:21-25.
Dellinger, J.A., C. Proctor, T.D. Steury, M.J. Kelly, and M.R. Vaughan. 2013Habitat use of a large carnivore, the red wolf, in a human-altered landscape.Biological Conservation 157:324-330.
Lowery, D., Morse, W., and T. Steury 2012Biological and Social Investigation of Human Black Bear Conflicts in the Panhandle of Florida.Human Dimensions of Wildlife Preview. (17(3): 193-206. DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2012.660674.
Sparkman, A.M., J.R. Adams, T.D. Steury, L.P. Waits, and D.L. Murray.2012Pack social dynamics and inbreeding avoidance in the cooperatively breeding red wolf.Behavioral Ecology 23:1186-1194
Sparkman, A.M., J. Adams, T.D. Steury, L. Waits, and D.L. Murray.2012Evidence for a genetic basis for delayed dispersal in a cooperatively breeding canid.Animal Behaviour 83:1091-1098
Eckhardt, L. and Steury, T.2012Root diseases and timber dogs.Forestry Source. May 2012 Vol. 17, No. 5, p. 13.
Jantz, H., J. Armstrong, W. Arjo, and T. Steury.2012Activity Patterns of the Coyote (Canis latrans) Along an Urban-Rural Gradient.25th Vertebrate Pest Conference, March 5-8, 2012, Monterey, CA.
Dellinger, J.A., B.L. Ortman, T.D. Steury, J. Bohling, and L.P. Waits. 2011Food habits of red wolves during pup-rearing season.Southeastern Naturalist 10:731-740.
McCoy, J.C., S.S. Ditchkoff, T.D. Steury.2011Bias associated with baited camera sites for assessing population characteristics of white-tailed deer.Journal of Wildlife Management 75(2):472-477.
Sparkman, A.M., J. Adams, T.D. Steury, L. Waits, and D.L. Murray.2011Direct fitness benefits of delayed dispersal in the cooperatively breeding red wolf (Canis rufus).Behavioral Ecology 22:199-205.
Sparkman, A.M., J. Adams, A. Beyer, T.D. Steury, L. Waits, and D.L. Murray.2011Helper effects on pup lifetime fitness in the cooperatively breeding red wolf (Canis rufus).Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 278:1381-1389.
Steury, T.D., J.E. McCarthy, T.C. Roth, II, S.L. Lima, and D.L. Murray. 2010Evaluation of a root-n bandwidth selector for kernel home range estimation.Journal of Wildlife Management 74(3):539-548.
Murray, D.L., M.G. andercj, and T.D. Steury. 2010Temporal shifts in density dependence among North American breeding duck populations (1955-2005).Ecology 91:517-581.

My lab is broadly interested in the population ecology, species interactions, and behavior of wildlife, especially mammalian predators and their prey. We are particularly interested in applying knowledge learned in the above areas to better conserve and restore species.

Current Lab Projects

Use of detection dogs to sample for natural resources

For more information on our detection dog research, check out the EcoDogs website.

Jaguar-Panther-Cattle interactions in Paraguay

Cattle ranching in Paraguay is big business. Yet Paraguay is one of those countries that still has a complete suite of natural, large predators. Thus, depredation of cattle by jaguars and mountain lions is a major concern. Graduate student Hunter McDonald is trying to understand cattle-predator relationships in Paraguay in hopes of finding ways to minimize cattle predation. Currently, on the cattle ranch where Hunter is working, ranchers are losing 9-30 cattle per month to predators; and that only includes the documented predation. With the help of Rocky McBride, a noted and established houndsman, Hunter is attempting to catch and GPS radio-collar all the large predators on the ranch.

Black bear ecology in Alabama

The black bear was once common in Alabama. In fact, the range distributions of three separate subspecies of black bears (the Florida subspecies, Louisiana subspecies, and the American subspecies) once met in this state. Today, there are probably fewer than 100 individuals in Alabama, all concentrated in two small populations: a remnant population of the Florida subspecies of black bears north of Mobile, and a newly re-established population of the American subspecies in northeast Alabama. Graduate student Stephanie Graham, using a variety of non-invasive methods including EcoDogs, is attempting to understand some very basic, but important information about black bears in Alabama, including: how many there are, where they are, what habitats they use, the degree of inbreeding in the population, and connectivity and gene flow between populations both within the state and with other, surrounding states

Factors affecting animal mortality rates on roads

Human transportation systems have far-reaching impacts on many ecosystems. Road mortality accounts for a significant source of loss in many wildlife populations, and collisions between vehicles and wildlife can be dangerous and costly to humans. In some cases, road mortality has likely led to localized extinctions of certain species. Undergraduate student Forrest Cortes is currently collecting data to determine which anthropomorphic and ecological factors are correlated with road mortality of carnivore species on Alabama roadways. Similarly, undergraduate student Marisa Pierluisi is studying the factors that are correlated with road mortality in grey squirrels.

For information on past projects, see the list of publications

Link to DNAtabase

Teaching Responsibilities:

WILD 2050 – Wildlife Conservation History and Law

WILD 3750 – Analysis for Wildlife Sciences

WILD 7150 – Advanced Analysis for Ecological Sciences.

WILD 7970 – Habitat Selection, Use, and Occupancy

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