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  1. Clevenger AP, Barrueto M, Gunson K, Caryl F, Ford AT 2015. Context-dependent effects on spatial variation in deer-vehicle collisions. Ecosphere 6:art47 dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES140
  2. Ford AT, Goheen JR, Augustine DJ, Kinnaird MF, O’Brien TG, Palmer TM, Pringle RM, Woodroffe R 2015. Recovery of African wild dogs regulates prey abundance but does not trigger a trophic cascade. Ecology
  3. Ford AT, Goheen, JR 2015. An experimental study on risk effects in a dwarf antelope, Madoqua guentheri. Journal of Mammalogy
  4. Barrueto M, Ford AT, Clevenger AP 2014. Anthropogenic effects on activity patterns of wildlife at crossing structures. Ecosphere http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-0
  5. Ford AT, Goheen JR, Otieno TO, Bidner L, Isbell LA, Palmer TM, Ward D, Woodroffe R, Pringle RM 2014. Large carnivores make savanna tree communities less thorny. Science 346(6207): 346-349


Adam T. Ford


Web page: Home page, Goheen Lab
Research area: Ecology
History: Ph.D., Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC 2014
M.Sc., Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa ON 2006
B.Sc. Honours, Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria BC 2002

My dissertation research addresses the effects of risk on the ecology of two species of Pecora, the ca.45kg gregarious impala and the ca.5kg obligate monogamous Guenther's dik-dik. With vastly different body sizes and mating structures, these two species provide useful models to illustrate the allometry of fear in a risky landscape. I have fitted several adult females from both species with GPS collars to look at movement metrics and habitat selection across a manipulated risk environment. Movements of both prey species will be linked to contemporary GPS fixes of African wild dogs to examine real-time responses to a common predator. From these mechanistic studies, I will then predict and test the landscape-scale and long-term effects of risk aversion on the distribution and behavior of both prey and forage resources. This work will link behavioral, community and conservation ecology through a mechanistic understanding of ecosystem structure. My research takes place at Mpala Research Center, Laikipia, Kenya, and is co-advised by Jake Goheen (University of Wyoming) and Peter Arcese (Forestry Department, University of British Columbia), in collaboration with Tim O'Brien (Wildlife Conservation Society), Rosie Woodroffe (Zoological Society of London), David Augustine (USGS) and the National Museums of Kenya.



Faculty of Science Dissertation Award

For Research


Govener General Gold Medal Award for Top PhD Dissertation at the University of British Columbia


Milsom Prize for Top PhD Dissertation at UBC Zoology

Last updated 17 September 2015