The Department of Natural Sciences
Phone: (646) 660-6238
Location: Rm. 707, 17 Lexington Ave
My laboratory uses molecular techniques to examine the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts of large-scale human disturbance, such as logging or oil fields, on wild mammal populations. Molecular genetic tools are integral to examining how mammals are impacted by human pressures, because many species are too elusive, dangerous, or imperiled to study using more invasive methods. To date I have focused on mammals in Old World tropical rainforests (Southeast Asia & Central Africa), but future studies will take advantage of the lab's location to examine the impacts of urbanization on native mammals in NYC. See the lab Research and Publications pages for more information on current and past projects.
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SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS (N.B. name appears as Jason M. South before 2004)
Munshi-South, J. 2007. Extra-pair paternity and the evolution of testis size in a behaviorally monogamous tropical mammal, the large treeshrew (Tupaia tana). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62: 201-212. PDF
Munshi-South, J., L. H. Emmons, and H. Bernard. 2007. Behavioral monogamy and fruit availability in the large treeshrew, Tupaia tana, in Sabah, Malaysia. Journal of Mammalogy 88(6): 1427-1438. PDF
Munshi-South, J. 2006. Asocial Monogamy, Extra-pair paternity, and Dispersal in the Large Treeshrew, Tupaia tana. Ph.D. Dissertation: University of Maryland, College Park. PDF
Munshi-South, J., and G. S. Wilkinson. 2006. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Bornean treeshrews (Tupaia spp.) Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 698-699. PDF
Munshi-South, J., and G. S. Wilkinson. 2006. Diet influences life span in parrots (Order: Psittaciformes). Auk 123(1):108-118. PDF
Munshi-South, J. 2005. Boiga dendrophila (Mangrove Snake) Diet. Herpetological Review 36(2):188.
South, J. M., and T. F. Wright. 2002. Nestling sex ratios in the Yellow-naped Amazon: no evidence for adaptive modification. Condor 104:437-440. PDF
Wilkinson, G. S., and J. M. South. 2002. Life history, ecology and longevity in bats. Aging Cell 1:124-131. PDF
South, J. M., and S. Pruett-Jones. 2000. Patterns of flock size, diet, and vigilance of naturalized Monk Parakeets in Hyde Park, Chicago. Condor 102:848-854. PDF
JOURNALISTIC & OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Munshi-South, J. 2008. Book Review: Colugo: The Flying Lemur of Southeast Asia. Journal of Mammalogy 89(2): in press.
Munshi-South, J. 2006. Monogamy and misunderstanding: Malaysia’s treeshrews. Malaysian Naturalist 59(3): 42-47.
Munshi-South, J. 2005. Animal behavior in Borneo’s logged forests. The Conservation Behaviorist 3(1):5-7. PDF
Munshi-South, J. 2004. Book Review: Monogamy: Mating Strategies and Partnerships in Birds, Humans and Other Mammals. Journal of Mammalogy 85:1030-1031. PDF
South, J. 2000. Photo Credit: Monk parakeet nest near Jackson Park, in De Vore, S. 2000. Birding Illinois. Falcon Publishing, Helena, MT.
South, J. 1999. The status of the Monk Parakeet in Illinois with comments on its native habitat and habits. Meadowlark: A Journal of Illinois Birds 8:2-5. PDF