Kim T. Scribner


Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Department of Zoology

Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1992

13 Natural Resources Building
Office Telephone: 517-353-3288
Research website

Population Genetics and Vertebrate Life History, Demography and Behavior

I am an evolutionary ecologist with broad interests in population genetics and vertebrate life history, demography and behavior. Research in my lab involves novel application of molecular genetic markers and evolutionary theory to examine important questions in ecological genetics and conservation biology including: levels of gene flow through heterogeneous aquatic and terrestrial landscapes, the evolution of life history traits as adaptations to thermal spawning environments, how environmental heterogeneity and mating systems affect inter-individual variance in reproductive success and genealogical relationships within populations, intra-specific and comparative phylogeography, and development of non-invasive DNA collection methods to estimate population abundance and spatial genetic structure. Graduate student research emphasizes both field and laboratory work and inter-disciplinary training in population and behavioral ecology, population genetics, molecular biology, and evolution. Emphasis is placed on managed or exploited populations and in the area of conservation biology.

Representative Publications

Blanchong, J.A., K.T. Scribner, A. N. Kravchenko, and S.R. Winterstein. 2007. A genealogical basis for disease infection risk in free-ranging wildlife. Biol. Lett. 2007: 103-107.

Derosier, A.L., M.L. Jones, and K.T. Scribner. 2007. Dispersal of sea lamprey larvae during early life: relevance for recruitment dynamics. Envir. Biol. Fishes. 78: 271-284.

Alacs, E., F. Janzen, and K.T. Scribner. 2007. Genetic Issues in Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. In press.

Shorey, R., K.T. Scribner, H.H. Prince, A.N. Kravchenko, D.R. Luukkonen, and P.I. Padding. 2007. Spatial and temporal variability in the composition of Canada Goose harvests in Michigan: Genetic analysis of standardized collections. Journal of Wildlife Management. In press.

Dreher, B.P., S.R. Winterstein, P.M. Lukas, K.T. Scribner, G.J.M. Rosa, D.R. Etter, and V.A. Lopez. 2007. Estimation of black bear abundance in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan using microsatellite DNA markers. Journal of Wildlife Management. In Press.