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Dr. Alicia V. Linzey

Professor of Biology

Indiana Univ. of PA


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Office: (724) 357-7958
Biology Department Office: (724) 357-2352
FAX: (724) 357-5700


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316 Weyandt Hall
Department of Biology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705

Professional Interests and Formal Education
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Field: Population and community ecology of small mammals; conservation biology.

         My general research interests are in the area of population and community ecology of small mammals. Although these areas of study can be highly theoretical, my interest in conservation biology has led me to view this research in an applied context. For example, a long-term study of population dynamics of white-footed mice focuses on the effects of habitat succession on population patterns and I am particularly interested in what happens to populations following habitat disturbance. This particular research project, which will shortly be moving in a new and exciting direction, is being conducted jointly with Dr. Kesner and is described in more detail in his statement of research interests (see his Faculty Information Page).

         Dr. Kesner and I also work together in southern Africa, where we have pursued our interests in a very different ecological setting. During a 15-month project in 1992-1993, we collected data on small mammal populations at a research area in Zimbabwe. Because this area is also inhabited by numerous large herbivores (elephants, Cape buffalo, impala, etc.), it soon became evident that they have a major impact on the environment. In fact, during the dry season (and especially in drought years), these large mammals either consume or trample most of the plants that provide food and cover for small mammals. Because small mammals play an important ecological role (as food for meat predators and as vectors of human disease, for example), we have become interested in knowing more about the interactions between large and small mammals. As a result, we are currently planning future work that will include studying small mammals in fenced sites that exclude these large herbivores. Because preservation of biodiversity doesn't just mean encouraging large populations of spectacular species, we hope that these studies will help African biologists to manage animals in a way that will allow co-existence of viable populations of both large and small mammals.

B.S.   - 1964 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
             Major: Vertebrate Zoology
M.S. - 1965 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
             Major: Vertebrate Zoology / Mammalogy
Ph.D. - 1982 Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
             Major: Biology / Ecology

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