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 Resource
  • NR 640: Wildlife Population Ecology
  • NR 655: Vertebrate Biology
  • NR 750: Sustain Biological Diversity
  • NR 795W: Inv/Wildlife Techniques
  • NR 993: Seminar

Selected Publications

Maxwell, L. M., Walsh, J., Olsen, B. J., & Kovach, A. I. (2021). Patterns of introgression vary within an avian hybrid zone. BMC Ecology and Evolution, 21(1). 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

Fenderson, L. E., Kovach, A. I., & Llamas, B. (2020). Spatiotemporal landscape genetics: Investigating ecology and evolution through space and time. Molecular Ecology, 29(2), 218-246. doi:10.1111/mec.15315

Walsh, J., Clucas, G. V., MacManes, M. D., Thomas, W. K., & Kovach, A. I. (2019). Divergent selection and drift shape the genomes of two avian sister species spanning a saline–freshwater ecotone. Ecology and Evolution, 9(23), 13477-13494. doi:10.1002/ece3.5804

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

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