Adrienne Kovach

Phone: (603) 862-1603
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 130, Durham, NH 03824

My research focuses on the population ecology and conservation of vertebrates, with a focus on species of concern in the Northeast. I use multidisciplinary approaches, often integrating genetic and genomic tools with population and landscape modeling and the collection of observational and ecological data. I seek to address fundamental and applied questions about animal dispersal, population structure and gene flow, ecological adaptation, and occupancy and abundance monitoring. To date, I have worked with a diversity of vertebrates, including black bears, New England cottontails, tidal marsh and shrubland birds, anadromous fish, and Atlantic cod. I encourage my students to incorporate field, laboratory, and quantitative approaches in their research.


  • Ph.D., Zoology, North Carolina State University
  • B.S., University of Kansas

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Natural Res
  • NR 640: Wildlife Population Ecology
  • NR 655: Vertebrate Biology
  • NR 750: Sustain Biological Diversity
  • NR 993: Seminar
  • NR 997: Spec Top/Conservation Genetics

Selected Publications

Klingbeil, B. T., Cohen, J. B., Correll, M. D., Field, C. R., Hodgman, T. P., Kovach, A. I., . . . Elphick, C. S. (2018). Evaluating a focal-species approach for tidal marsh bird conservation in the northeastern United States. The Condor, 120(4), 874-884. doi:10.1650/condor-18-88.1

Walsh, J., Kovach, A. I., Olsen, B. J., Shriver, W. G., & Lovette, I. J. (2018). Bidirectional adaptive introgression between two ecologically divergent sparrow species. Evolution, 72(10), 2076-2089. doi:10.1111/evo.13581

Walsh, J., Maxwell, L. M., & Kovach, A. I. (2018). The role of divergent mating strategies, reproductive success, and compatibility in maintaining the Saltmarsh–Nelson's sparrow hybrid zone. The Auk, 135(3), 693-705. doi:10.1642/auk-17-218.1

Kenter, L. W., Kovach, A. I., Woods, L. C., Reading, B. J., & Berlinsky, D. L. (2018). Strain evaluation of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) cultured at different salinities. Aquaculture, 492, 215-225. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2018.04.017

Field, C. R., Ruskin, K. J., Benvenuti, B., Borowske, A. C., Cohen, J. B., Garey, L., . . . Elphick, C. S. (2018). Quantifying the importance of geographic replication and representativeness when estimating demographic rates, using a coastal species as a case study. Ecography, 41(6), 971-981. doi:10.1111/ecog.02424

Kerr, L. A., Cadrin, S. X., & Kovach, A. I. (2014). Consequences of a mismatch between biological and management units on our perception of Atlantic cod off New England. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71(6), 1366-1381. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu113

Kovach, A. I., Breton, T. S., Berlinsky, D. L., Maceda, L., & Wirgin, I. (2010). Fine-scale spatial and temporal genetic structure of Atlantic cod off the Atlantic coast of the USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 410, 177-195. doi:10.3354/meps08612

Wirgin, I., Kovach, A. I., Maceda, L., Roy, N. K., Waldman, J., & Berlinsky, D. L. (2007). Stock Identification of Atlantic Cod in U.S. Waters Using Microsatellite and Single Nucleotide Polymorphism DNA Analyses. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 136(2), 375-391. doi:10.1577/t06-068.1

Litvaitis, J. A., Tash, J. P., Litvaitis, M. K., Marchand, M. N., Kovach, A. I., & Innes, R. (2006). A range-wide survey to determine the current distribution of New England cottontails. WILDLIFE SOCIETY BULLETIN, 34(4), 1190-1197. doi:10.2193/0091-7648(2006)34[1190:ARSTDT]2.0.CO;2

Kovach, A. I., & Powell, R. A. (2003). Effects of body size on male mating tactics and paternity in black bears, Ursus americanus. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 81(7), 1257-1268. doi:10.1139/z03-111

Most Cited Publications