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

  • 590: Student Research Experience
  • 750: Sustain Biological Diversity
  • 908: Landscape Genetics
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Natural Resources
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Natural Res
  • NR 640: Wildlife Population Ecology
  • NR 750: Sustain Biological Diversity
  • NR 795W: Inv/Wildlife Techniques
  • NR 993: Seminar

Selected Publications

Bauer, M. L., O'Brien, K. M., & Kovach, A. I. (2022). Can at-risk species serve as effective conservation surrogates? Case study in northeastern US shrublands. ECOSPHERE, 13(5). doi:10.1002/ecs2.4081

Cramer, E. R. A., Gronstol, G., Maxwell, L., Kovach, A. I., & Lifjeld, J. T. (2021). Sperm length divergence as a potential prezygotic barrier in a passerine hybrid zone. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 11(14), 9489-9497. doi:10.1002/ece3.7768

Maxwell, L. M., Walsh, J., Olsen, B. J., & Kovach, A. I. (2021). Patterns of introgression vary within an avian hybrid zone.. BMC Ecol Evol, 21(1), 14. doi:10.1186/s12862-021-01749-1

Rittenhouse, C. D., & Kovach, A. I. (2020). Assessment of Alternative Sampling Designs for Range-wide Monitoring of New England Cottontail. WILDLIFE SOCIETY BULLETIN, 44(4), 798-806. doi:10.1002/wsb.1140

Bauer, M. L., Ferry, B., Holman, H., & Kovach, A. I. (2020). Monitoring a New England Cottontail Reintroduction with Noninvasive Genetic Sampling. WILDLIFE SOCIETY BULLETIN, 44(1), 110-121. doi:10.1002/wsb.1069

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-U195. 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 US 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

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

Kovach, A. I., Litvaitis, M. K., & Litvaitis, J. A. (2003). Evaluation of fecal mtDNA analysis as a method to determine the geographic distribution of a rare lagomorph. WILDLIFE SOCIETY BULLETIN, 31(4), 1061-1065. Retrieved from

Most Cited Publications