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: Student Research Experience
  • NR 640: Wildlife Population Ecology
  • NR 750: Sustain Biological Diversity
  • NR 795W: Inv/Wildlife Techniques
  • NR 908: Landscape Genetics

Selected Publications

Perlut, N., Maxwell, L. M., Kovach, A., Parker, P., & Renfrew, R. B. (2023). Breeding origins of a uniquely regular migrant songbird in the Galápagos Islands.. Ecol Evol, 13(1), e9697. doi:10.1002/ece3.9697

Wojtusik, K. J., Berlinsky, D. L., Kenter, L. W., & Kovach, A. I. (2023). River‐of‐origin assignment of migratory Striped Bass, with implications for mixed‐stock analysis. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 152(1), 15-34. doi:10.1002/tafs.10387

Kovach, A. I., Cheeseman, A. E., Cohen, J. B., Rittenhouse, C. D., & Whipps, C. M. (2022). Separating Proactive Conservation from Species Listing Decisions. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 70(5), 710-729. doi:10.1007/s00267-022-01713-9

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

Ruskin, K. J., Herring, G., Eagles-Smith, C. A., Eiklor, A. B., Elphick, C. S., Etterson, M. A., . . . Olsen, B. J. (2022). Mercury exposure of tidal marsh songbirds in the northeastern United States and its association with nest survival. ECOTOXICOLOGY, 31(2), 208-220. doi:10.1007/s10646-021-02488-1

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

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

Most Cited Publications