About Dr. Bozarth

Dr. Christine Bozarth is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus. She earned her PhD in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University and her Bachelors degree in Zoology from Connecticut College. Her research focuses on population genetics and phylogeography of North American vertebrates using non-invasive methods and also detection of the fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, in anurans. She incorporates modern educational pedagogy and technology in her classroom.  She teaches Environmental Science I and II (ENV 121 and 122) and is the faculty advisor of the student environmental club, the Green Club.

me and coyote

me and little green me and snake

C Bozarth CV Sept 2018

Effects of Roads and Land Use on Frogs Across Spatial Scales and Regions in the Eastern and Central United States. Diversity and Distributions 2016

Coyote Colonization of Northern Virginia and Admixture with Great Lakes Wolves

Phylogeography of the Gray Fox in the Eastern United States

Using Fecal DNA and Spatial Capture-Recapture to Characterize a Recent Coyote Colonization _ Northeastern Naturalist 2015

Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the Eastern Spadefoot, Scaphiopus holbrookii, at Cape Cod National Seashore, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA_Herpetological Review_ 2014



4 Responses to About Dr. Bozarth

  1. Christopher Weis says:

    My partner and I had a very interesting (and somewhat disturbing) encounter last fall with a large group of Coywolves in a remotely populated area a couple of hours west of DC. I know that the notion of pack hunting behavior has not been widely accepted among those who research these hybrid animals. However, this pack was certainly doing so as they split into flanking groups to surrounded us (and our leashed dog) in a densely wooded thicket at night. I love these animals for the interesting and critical role they play in the food web and would love to have time to study their behavior more closely. So glad you are continuing to track the behavior and well-being of these predators.

  2. Ellen Soehngen says:

    Are you still doing Coywolf research? There seem to be a lot of them in Ashland VA. They seem quite large for coyotes. Do we know if they mixed with Red Wolves or Grey?

    • Dr. Christine Bozarth says:

      Breeding with red wolves likely took place before the 1970s when the US began protecting red wolves. Breeding with gray wolves is likely, too, and it occurred as the coyote population expanded southwards from the Great Lakes and New England regions over the past few decades. East coast coyotes are definitely larger than west coast coyotes because of this mixing!

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