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Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

NREM Emeritus Faculty - David M. Leslie, Jr.

Emeritus Unit Leader and Adjunct Professor

007 Ag. Hall (office)
007 Ag Hall (address)
Stillwater, OK 74077
(405) 744-6342

Educational Background

  • BS: Prescott College, Biology; 1974
  • MS: University of Nevada, Zoology; 1977
  • PhD: Oregon State University, Wildlife Ecology; 1982


Research Interests:

I had the distinct pleasure of advising 40 graduate over 30+ years, and our research focused, in part, on ecology and recovery of endangered Ozark big eared bats and interior least terns, effects of habitat alterations on nutrition of large mammals, the impact of the digital age on scientific delivery and scholarly publishing, and syntheses on the biology and conservation needs of Tibetan and Southeast Asian large mammals.  I had considerable editorial involvement with several scientific journals beginning in the late 1980s, notably the Journal of Mammalogy, and during my early steps in retirement, I continue with my editorial duties for the 9-volume Handbook of the Mammals of the World, with Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Recent Publications

Monteith, K. B., K. L. Monteith, R. T. Bowyer, D. M. Leslie, Jr., and J. A. Jenks.  2014.  Reproductive effects on fecal nitrogen as an index of diet quality: an experimental assessment.  Journal of Mammalogy 95:301–310.

Puckett, E. E., T. V. Kristensen, C. M. Wilton, S. B. Lyda, K. V. Noyce, P. M. Holahan, D. M. Leslie, Jr., J. Beringer, J. L. Belant, D. White, Jr., and L. S. Eggert.  2014.  Influence of drift and admixture on population structure of American black bears (Ursus americanus) in the Central Interior Highlands, USA, 50 years after translocation.  Molecular Ecology 23:2414–2427.

Crosby, A. D., R. D. Elmore, D. M. Leslie, Jr., and R. E. Will.  2015.  Looking beyond rare species as umbrella species: northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) and conservation of grassland and shrubland birds.  Conservation Biology 186:233–240.

Lee, D. N., R. C. Stark, W. L. Puckette, M. J. Hamilton, D. M. Leslie, Jr., and R. A. Van Den Bussche.  2015.  Population connectivity of endangered Ozark big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens).  Journal of Mammalogy 96:522–530.

Leslie, D. M., Jr., and B. A. Huffman.  2015.  Potamochoerus porcus (Artiodactyla: Suidae).  Mammalian Species 47(919):15–31.

Leslie, D. M., Jr. 2016.  Enhancing the future of BioScienceBioScience 66:435.

Carter, T. S., M. Superina, and D. M. Leslie, Jr.  2016.  Priodontes maximus (Cingulata: Dasypodidae). Mammalian Species 48(932):21–34.

Leslie, D. M., Jr.  2016.  An international borderland of concern: conservation of biodiversity in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5078:i–xii, 1–120.

Davis, C. A., J. P. Orange, R. A. Van Den Bussche, R. D. Elmore, S. D. Fuhlendorf, J. M. Carroll, E. P. Tanner, and D. M. Leslie, Jr.  2017.  Extrapair paternity and nest parasitism in two sympatric quail.  The Auk: Ornithological Advances 134:811–820.