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Stephen G. Mech, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Department Chair
610-921-7743 | smech@albright.edu


  • Ph.D.: Washington State University (zoology)
  • M.S.: Washington State University (statistics)
  • B.S. Boise State University (biology)

Research Areas

  • Landscape ecology
  • Mammalogy
  • Population genetics


  • Mech, S. G. and A. Chesh. 2014. Effects of roads on movement of displaced white-footed deermice (Peromyscus leucopus). Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 88:89-94.
  • Storfer, A., S. G. Mech, M. W. Reudink, and K. Lew. 2014. Inbreeding and strong population subdivision in an endangered salamander. Conservation Genetics. 15:137-151. DOI 10.1007/s10592-013-0526-3
  • Bolker, B.M., F. de Castro, A. Storfer, S. Mech, E. Harvey and J.P. Collins. 2008. Disease as a selective force precluding widespread cannibalism: A case study of an iridovirus of tiger salamanders, Ambystoma tigrinum. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 10(1):105-128.
  • Storfer, A., M.E. Alfaro, B.J. Ridenhour, J.K. Jancovich, S.G. Mech, M.J. Parris, and J.P. Collins. 2007. Phylogenetic concordance analysis shows an emerging pathogen is novel and endemic. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2007.01102.x
  • Reudink, M.W., S.G. Mech, and R.L. Curry. 2007. Genetic structure of a large breeding population of hybridizing chickadees in southeastern Pennsylvania. Auk 12:463-478.
  • Reudink, M.W., S G. Mech, and R. L. Curry. 2005. Extra-pair paternity and mate choice in a chickadee hybrid zone. Behavioral Ecology.
  • Storfer, A, S.G. Mech, J.P. Collins, M.W. Reudink, R.E. Ziemba, and J. Warren. 2004. Evidence for introgression in the endangered tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi. Copeia 4:783-796.
  • Kollars, P.G., M.L. Beck, S.G. Mech, P.K. Kennedy and M.L. Kennedy. 2004. Temporal and spatial genetic variability in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Genetica. 121:269-276.
  • Kennedy, M.L., S.G. Mech, B.Tran, J.W. Grubaugh, and C. Lydeard. 2003. An assessment of sexual size dimorphism in the coyote (Canis latrans). Mammalia. 67: 411-417
  • Mech, S.G., A. Storfer, J.E. Ernst, M.W. Reudink, and S.C. Maloney. 2003. Polymorphic microsatellite loci for tiger salamanders, Ambystoma tigrinum. Molecular Ecology Notes. 3(1): 79-81
  • Mech, S.G., A.S. Dunlap, and J.O. Wolff. 2003. Female prairie voles do not select mating partners based on scent marking or agonistic behavior. Behavioural Processes. 61(3): 101-108

Recent Student Research Collaborations

  • Emily Phillips ’17 “Long-term survivorship of small mammals in a managed forest”
  • Jordyn Sanger ’17, Tiffany Frey ’17, and Stephanie Dea ’18, “Impacts of forest management on small mammals in Nolde Forest”
  • Alyssa Wunsch ’16 and Kayle Smith ’16, “Effects of anthropogenic land use on small mammal populations in Nolde Forest”
  • Sara Parsons ’11 and Marie Zamanis ’13, “Population genetic study of white-footed deer mice in Nolde Forest”
  • Chris Hauer ’12 and Gina Curmaci ’13, “Impact of windmills on small mammal communities”

Other Academic Interests

  • Principle Investigator in the NSF-funded Albright College Environmentally-oriented Scholarship (ACES) program.
  • Coordinator of the Albright College Costa Rica Río de Sueños property.