Ron Barry – Mammalogy

Population, community, and behavioral ecology and functional morphology of small mammals.

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Ron Barry

My research interests and activities center on the population, community, and behavioral ecology and functional morphology of small mammals. I am especially interested in habitat selection and the spatial and temporal associations of syntopic (coexisting) species.  Recent and current projects include 1) population dynamics and spatial relationships of two species of hyraxes (diminutive relatives of elephants and manatees) in Zimbabwe, 2) ecology (habitat, home range, movements, survival, diet, etc.) of the [rare] Appalachian cottontail, and 3) black-legged (deer) and lone star tick burdens of white-footed mice and infection of these ticks by Borrelia spp. (etiologic agents of Lyme disease and Southern Tick-associated Rash Illness [STARI]).

Selected Publications

Barry, R. E., N. Chiweshe, and P. J. Mundy. In press. Fluctuations in bush and rock hyrax (Hyracoidea: Procaviidae) abundances over a 13-year period in the Matopos, Zimbabwe. African Journal of Wildlife Research.

Barry, R. E., and H. N. Hoeck.  2013.  Heterohyrax brucei.  Pp. 161-165 in Mammals of Africa, Vol. I (J. Kingdon, D. Happold, M. Hoffmann, T. Butynski, M. Happold, and J. Kalina, eds.),               Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Hartman, A.C., and R.E. Barry.  2010.Survival and winter diet of Sylvilagus obscurus (Appalachian cottontail) at Dolly Sods, West Virginia.  Northeastern Naturalist 17:505- 516.

Tanner, C. L., F. K. Ammer, R. E. Barry, and E. Y. Stromdahl.  2010.  Tick burdens on Peromyscus leucopus Rafinesque andinfection of ticks by Borrelia spp. in Virginia. Southeastern Naturalist 93:529-546.

Barry, R. E.  2009.  Between a rock and a hyrax.  Natural History 118:30-35.


Selected Mentored Thesis

Rogers, E. S. 2009. Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) occurrence, burdens of small    mammals, and infection rates by Borrelia burgdorferi in southern Maine.