Biology and Geology


Karen E. Munroe, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen E. Munroe earned her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Arizona State University, her M.S. in Ecology from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in Wildlife Conservation and Management from The University of Arizona.   Her teaching responsibilities at Baldwin Wallace University include Principles of Biology I and II, Ecology, and she is currently designing new upper-level electives such as Conservation Biology, Molecular Ecology, and Animal Behavior.  Dr. Munroe's doctoral research focused on the social and mating systems of round-tailed ground squirrels using classic field biology and current molecular ecology techniques.  Her developing research with BW students pairs classic observational field biology with contemporary molecular techniques to answer ecological questions on several levels. Currently, Dr. Munroe's research is aimed to explore the social system of fox squirrels, as well as the mating system of both fox and gray squirrels with particular attention on the melanistic (black) squirrels, on campus.


Munroe, K. E. and J. L. Koprowski.  In press.  Copulatory plugs in round-tailed ground squirrels (Xerospermophilus tereticaudus).  Southwestern Naturalist.

Munroe, K. E., and J. L. Koprowski.  2011. Genetic mating system of round-tailed ground squirrels (Spermophilus tereticaudus): not just another polygynous ground squirrel. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:1811-1824

Munroe, K. E., J. L. Koprowski, V. L. Greer. 2009.  The mating and social systems in red squirrels: Do Mt. Graham red squirrels fit the pattern?  Ecology of Endangerment: The Mt. Graham Red Squirrel and its Last Refuge.

Swihart, R., T. Atwood, J. Goheen, D. Scheiman, K. Munroe, and T. Gehring.  2003. Patch occupancy of North American mammals: Is patchiness in the eye of the beholder? Journal of Biogeography 30:1259-1279.

Levy, M. and K. E. Munroe. 2001. Diversity, Ecology and Behavior. Laboratory Manual for Biology 122. Purdue University Press. West Lafayette, Indiana.

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