Ron Barry – Mammalogy
Population, community, and behavioral ecology and functional morphology of small mammals.
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]).
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 and infection 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.
Barry, R. E., N. Chiweshe, and P. J. Mundy. In revision. Population fluctuations of hyraxes (Hyraxoidea: Procaviidae) and numerical response of the Black Eagle.
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.