Jennifer K. Frey

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Jennifer Frey

Appointment: College Professor

Research Area: Ecology and Conservation of Mammals

Office Location: Knox 115

Email Address:

Office Phone: 575-646-3395

Office Fax: 575-646-1281

Web Site: Mammalian Diversity and Conservation


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, 1994.
  • M.S., Biology, Emporia State University, Kansas, 1989.
  • B.S., Biology, Emporia State University, Kansas, 1986.

Professional Experience:

  • 2016-present: College Professor, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, New Mexico State University-Las Cruces. Curator of Vertebrate Wildlife Museum
  • 2002-2016: College Associate Professor, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, New Mexico State University-Las Cruces. Curator of Vertebrate Wildlife Museum.
  • 1998-2002: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Eastern New Mexico University-Portales. Director and Curator of Birds, Mammals, Frozen Tissue, Eastern New Mexico University Natural History Museum-Portales.
  • 1995-1998: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico-Albuquerque.
  • 1994-1998: Curatorial Associate, Division of Mammals, Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico-Albuquerque.

Research Interests: Mammalian ecology, biogeography, and conservation; special interest in spatial ecology, ecological niche models, Southwest, Rocky Mountain and Great Plains mammalogy; inventory and monitoring; museum curation; specimen-based systematics; mammalian natural history; vertebrate zoology and conservation.

Selected Publications:

  • Coxen,C., Frey, J.K., S Carlton, D Collins. 2017. Species distribution models for a migratory bird based on citizen science and satellite tracking data. Global Ecology and Conservation 11:298-311.
  • Frey, J.K. 2017. Landscape scale and microhabitat of the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse in the White Mountains, Arizona. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 8:39-58.
  • Small, B.A., J.K. Frey, C.C. Gard. 2016. Livestock grazing limits beaver restoration in northern New Mexico. Journal of Restoration Ecology, 24: 646-655.
  • Barela, I. and J.K. Frey. 2016. Habitat and forage selection by the American beaver (Castor canadensis) on a regulated river in the Chihuahuan Desert. The Southwestern Naturalist, 61:286-293.
  • Wright, G. D. and J.K. Frey. 2015. Habitat selection by the Endangered Meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius luteus) on an irrigated floodplain. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 6:112-129.
  • Frey, J.K. 2015. Variation in the phenology of hibernation and reproduction in the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius luteus). PeerJ DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1138
  • Frey, J.K., and M. Calkins. 2014. Snow cover and riparian habitat determine the distribution of the short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) at its southern range limits in arid western North America. Mammalia, 78:45-56.
  • Frey, J.K., J.C. Lewis, R.K. Guy, J.S. Stuart. 2013. Use of anecdotal occurrence data in species distribution models: an example based on the white-nosed coati (Nasua narica) in the American Southwest. Animals, 3:327-348.
  • Frey, J.K. 2013. Re-evaluation of the evidence for the importation of red foxes from Europe to colonial America: Origins of the southeastern red fox (Vulpes v. fulva). Biological Conservation, 158:74-79.
  • Malaney, J. L., J. K Frey, and J. A. Cook. 2012. The biogeographic legacy of an imperilled taxon provides a foundation for assessing lineage diversification, demography, and conservation genetics. Diversity and Distributions, 18:689-703.
  • Calkins, M.T., E. A. Beever, K..G. Boykin, J. K. Frey, and M. C. Andersen. 2012. Not-so-splendid isolation: modeling climate-mediated range collapse of a montane mammal Ochotona princeps across numerous ecoregions. Ecography, 35: 780-791.
  • Moses, M.R., J.K. Frey, and G. W. Roemer. 2012. Elevated surface temperature depresses survival of banner-tailed kangaroo rats: will climate change cook a desert icon? Oecologia, 168: 257-268.
  • Frey, J.K. 2009. Distinguishing range expansions from previously undocumented populations using background data from museum records. Diversity and Distributions, 15:183-187.
  • Frey, J.K., T.L. Yates and M.A. Bogan. 2007. Mountaintop island age determines species richness of boreal mammals in the American Southwest. Ecography. In Press.
  • Ditto, A.M. and J.K. Frey. 2007. Effects of ecogeographic variables on genetic variation in montane mammals: implications for population survivorship in a global warming scenario. Journal of Biogeography. In Press.
  • Frey, J.K. and M.A. Malaney. 2006. Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) and mountain cottontail * (Sylvilagus nuttallii)* biogeography at their southern range limit. Journal of Mammalogy 87:1175-1182.
  • Malaney, J.A. and J.K. Frey. 2006. Summer habitat use by snowshoe hare and mountain cottontail at their southern zone of sympatry. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:877-883.
  • Frey, J.K. 2006. Inferring species distributions in the absence of occurrence records: an example considering wolverine (Gulo gulo) and Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) in New Mexico. Biological Conservation 130:16-24.
  • Frey, J.K. 2004. Taxonomy and distribution of the mammals of New Mexico: an annotated checklist. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 240:1-32. Childs, J.E., T.G. Ksiazek, C.F. Spiropoulou, J.W. Krebs, S. Morzunov, G.O. Maupi, K.L. Gage, P.E. Rollin, J. Sarisky, R.E. * Enscore, J.K. Frey, C.J. Peters and S.T. Nichol. 1994. Serologic and genetic identification of Peromyscus maniculatus as the primary reservoir for a new hantavirus in the southwestern United States. Journal of Infectious Disease 169:2171-2180.
  • Frey, J.K. 1993. Modes of peripheral isolate formation and speciation. Systematic Biology 42:373-381.
  • Frey, J.K., T.L. Yates, D.W. Duszynski, W.L. Gannon and S.L. Gardner. 1992. Designation and curatorial management of type host specimens (symbiotypes) for new parasite taxa. Journal of Parasitology 78:930-932.
  • Frey, J.K. 1992. Response of a mammalian faunal element to climatic changes. Journal of Mammalogy 73:43-50.