John Koprowski
Director, Mt. Graham Biology Programs
Associate Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Professor of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
(520) 626-5616

John L. Koprowski is a Professor of Wildlife Conservation and Management in the School of Natural Resources & Environment at The University of Arizona where he has been a faculty member since 2000. He holds degrees in Zoology from Ohio State University (BS) and Southern Illinois University (MA) and Biology from the University of Kansas (PhD). John serves as the Director of the Mt. Graham Biology Programs and has served as Director of the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit. He teaches courses in general ecology, wildlife management, animal behavior and conservation. His research program focuses on the ecology and conservation of mammals with a particular emphasis on the behavioral and population ecology of squirrels in the United States, Mexico, Peru, China and South Africa. He has authored >120 scientific articles on conservation, disturbance, animal behavior, climate and ecology to include 3 books, most recently the co-authored volume, Squirrels of the World. He serves the IUCN as North American Red List Coordinator for Small Mammals, is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Mammalogists, and is a Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He lives in the Sonoran Desert in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Nancy, and college-aged children, Emma and Zach.

Selected Citations: 

Sanderson, HR, Koprowski, JL. (eds). 2009. The Last Refuge of the Mt. Graham Red Squirrel: Ecology of Endangerment, University of Arizona Press.

Thorington, RW, Koprowski, JL, Steele, MA, Whatton, J. 2012. Squirrels of the World, Johns Hopkins University Press. Koprowski, J.L., W.S. Fairbanks. 2013. Wildlife behavior. In: Krausman, P.R. (ed.) Wildlife Management: Contemporary Principles and Practices, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Koprowski, J.L. 2007. Reproductive strategies and alternative reproductive tactics of tree squirrels. In: Wolff, J. Sherman, P (eds). Rodent Societies: an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Chapter 7: pages 86-95. University of Chicago Press.

Munroe, K., J.L. Koprowski. 2014. Levels of social behaviors and genetic structure in a population of round-tailed ground squirrels (Xerospermophilus tereticaudus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68:629-638.

Cudworth, N.L., J.L. Koprowski. 2013. Foraging and reproductive behavior of Arizona gray squirrels (Sciurus arizonensis): impacts of climatic variation. Journal of Mammalogy 94:683-690.

Doumas, S.L., J.L. Koprowski. 2013. Return of fire as a restoration tool: long-term effects of burn severity on habitat use by Mexican fox squirrels. Restoration Ecology 21:133-139.

Fitak, R., J.L. Koprowski, M. Culver. 2013. Severe reduction in genetic variation in a montane isolate: the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis). Conservation Genetics 14:1233-1241.

Koprowski, J.L., S. Doumas, M. Merrick, B. Oleson, E. Posthumus, T. Jessen, R.N. Gwinn. 2013. It’s lonely at the top: biodiversity at risk to loss from climate change. In Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago III. Proceedings RMRS-P-In press. (Gottfried, G. J., Gebow, B. S., Eskew, L. G., eds.) United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins.

Research Themes: 
Climate change
Fire management
Natural resource management
Species adaptation
Animal behavior
Conservation biology
Ecosystem restoration
Ecosystem services
Fire ecology
Fire management
Invasive species
Land use change
Natural resource management
Population biology
Sky Islands
Species adaptation
Wildlife biology

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