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F. Stephen Dobson
Biological Sciences

Office: 320 Funchess Hall

331 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-1699
Fax: (334) 844-9234

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Ph.D. - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A. - University of California, Santa Barbara
A.B. - University of California, Berkeley

Research and Teaching Interests

Behavioral, historical, and population ecology; population genetics; mammalogy; seabird behavior and ecology.

Selected Publications

  1. Raveh, S., Neuhaus, P., & Dobson, F. S. (2015). Ectoparasites and fitness of female Columbian ground squirrels. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 370:20140113.

  2. Keddar, I., Jouventin, P., & Dobson, F. S. (2015). Color ornaments and territory position in king penguins. Behavioural Processes 119:32-37.

  3. Dobson, F. S., & Jouventin, P. (2015). Does feeding zone influence egg size in slow-breeding seabirds? Canadian Journal of Zoology 93:589-592.

  4. Lane, J. E., Kruuk, L. E., Charmantier, A., Murie, J. O., & Dobson, F. S. (2012). Delayed phenology and reduced fitness associated with climate change in a wild hibernator. Nature, 489:554-557.

  5. Raveh, S., Heg, D., Dobson, F. S., Coltman, D. W., Gorrell, J. C., Balmer, A., & Neuhaus, P. (2010). Mating order and reproductive success in male Columbian ground squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus). Behavioral Ecology 21:537-547.

  6. Fairbanks, B., and F.S. Dobson. 2007. Mechanisms of the group-size effect on vigilance in Columbian ground squirrels: dilution vs. detection. Animal Behaviour 73:115-123.

  7. Manno, T.G., F.S. Dobson, J.L. Hoogland, and D.W. Foltz. 2007. Why do black-tailed prairie dog coteries fission? Journal of Mammalogy 88:448-456.

  8. Risch, T.S., G.R. Michener, and F.S. Dobson. 2007. The evolution of litter size in Richardson’s ground squirrels. Ecology 88:306-314.

  9. Trevino, H., A. Skibiel, T. Karels, and F.S. Dobson. 2007. Threats to avifaunas on oceanic islands. Conservation Biology 21:125-132.


Undergraduate Graduate
Principles of Ecology - BIOL3060
Behavioral Ecology - BIOL5350
Population Ecology - BIOL6360

Last updated: 09/01/2017