Biology & Marine Biology

Faculty & Staff

Brian S. Arbogast, Professor

Dr. Brian ArbogastPh.D., Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 1999
M.S., Zoology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1996
B.S., Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 1992
Friday Hall 2013 | (910) 962-2644 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915 |

I study the conservation and biogeography of terrestrial vertebrates. Research in my lab often combines fieldwork and molecular genetic studies to investigate ecological, evolutionary and conservation questions. Ongoing studies focus on understanding the biodiversity and conservation of flying squirrels, gliding marsupials, and amphibians in the Appalachians and coastal North Carolina. I also conduct research on terrestrial vertebrates in Ecuador, where I serve as the Assistant Director of the Wildsumaco Biological Station on Sumaco Volcano.  Recent thesis projects conducted by graduate students  in my lab have included the conservation genetics of threatened populations of the northern flying squirrel and the Cheat Mountain salamander, using camera traps to study the biodiversity of medium-large mammals on Sumaco Volcano, investigating the social dominance hierarchy of Andean hummingbirds, and determining the foraging cues used by nectar-feeding bats in Ecuador.

Arbogast, BS, KI Schumacher, NJ Kerhoulas, AL Bidlack, JA Cook, and GJ Kenagy. 2017. Genetic data reveal a cryptic species of New World flying squirrel: Glaucomys oregonensis. Journal of Mammalogy 98:1027-1041.

Arbogast, BS, AMC. Hodge, and JB Coltrain. 2017. Stable isotope analysis of dietary overlap between the endangered red wolf and sympatric coyote in northeastern North Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist 16:283-296. 

Hodge, AMC, and BS Arbogast. 2016. Carnivore diversity at a montane rainforest site in Ecuador's Gran Sumaco Biosphere Reserve. Oryx 50: 474-479.