Department of Biological Sciences

Gif ImageJan O. Murie

Professor Emeritus

Mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E9
Office Number: Z712 Bio Sciences
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Fax address: (780) 492-9234
Phone Number: (780) 492-3649

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Current Research interests

Major areas of interest are outlined in the list of faculty. Currently I have manuscripts in preparation or acquiring data for the following topics:

Recent Publications

Murie, J.O. and Michener, G.R. (eds.). 1984. Biology of ground-dwelling squirrels: annual cycles, behavioral ecology and sociality. Univ. Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 459 pp.

Harris, M.A. and J.O. Murie. 1984. Inheritance of nest sites in female Columbian ground squirrels. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 15:97-102.

Harris, M.A. and J.O. Murie. 1984. Discrimination of oestrus state by scent in Columbian ground squirrels. Animal Behaviour, 32:939-940.

Murie, J.O. 1985. A comparison of life history traits in two populations of Columbian ground squirrels in Alberta, Canada. Acta Zool. Fennica 173:43-45.

King, W.J. and J.O. Murie. 1985. Temporal overlap of female kin in Columbian ground squirrels (Spermophilus columbianus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 16:337-341.

Davis, L.S. and J.O. Murie. 1985. Male territoriality and the mating system of Richardson's ground squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii). Journal of Mammalogy 66:268-279.

Dobson, F.S. and J.O. Murie. 1987. Integration of intraspecific life history patterns: evidence from Columbian ground squirrels. American Naturalist 129:382-397.

Murie, J.O. and F.S. Dobson. 1987. The costs of reproduction in female Columbian ground squirrels. Oecologia 73:1-6.

Murie, J.O. and M.A. Harris. 1988. Social interactions and dominance relationships between female and male Columbian ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology 66:1414-1420.

Murie, J.O., L.S. Davis and I.G. McLean. 1991. Identifying the sex of Fiordland Crested Penguins using morphometric characters. Notornis 38:233-238.

Murie, J.O. 1992. Predation by badgers on Columbian ground squirrels. Journal of Mammalogy 73:385-394.

Hare, J.F. and J.O. Murie. 1993. Ground squirrel sociality and the quest for the "holy grail": does kinship influence behavioral discrimination by juvenile Columbian ground squirrels? Behavioral Ecology 7: 76-81.

Risch, T.S., F.S. Dobson and J.O. Murie. 1995. Is mean litter size the most productive? A test in Columbian ground squirrels. Ecology 76:1643-1654.

Murie, J.O. 1995. Invited review of: Hoogland, J.L. 1995. The black-tailed prairie dog, social life of a burrowing mammal. Univ. Chicago Press, 557 pp. Science 268:1778.

Murie, J.O. 1995. Mating behavior of Columbian ground squirrels. I. Multiple mating by females and multiple paternity. Canadian Journal of Zoology 73: 1819-1826.

Murie, J.O., S.D. Stevens and B. Leoppky. 1998. Survival of captive-born cross-fostered juvenile Columbian ground squirrels in the field. Journal of Mammalogy 79: 1152-1160.

Dobson, F.S., T.S. Rishc, and J.O. Murie. 1999. Increasing returns in the life history of Columbian ground squirrels. Journal of Animal Ecology: 68: 73-86.

St. Clair, C.C., I.G. McLean, J.O. Murie, S.M. Phillipson, and B.J.S. Studholme. (in press). Fidelity to nest site and mate in Fiordland Crested Penguins. Marine Ornithology (12 ms. pp. 1 table, 6 figures).

McLean, I.G., S.D. Kayes, J.O. Murie, L.S. Davis and D.M. Lambert (in press). Genetic monogamy mirrors social monogamy in the Fiordland Crested Penguin. New Zealand Jounral of Zooloyg. (13 ms. pp.).

Selected Publications by my graduate students*


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