Troy Best
Troy L. Best
Professor and Curator of Mammals

Vertebrate Ecology, Systematics, Mammalogy,

Ornithology, Herpetology, Endangered Species

OFFICE: 350 Funchess Hall

PHONE: 334/844-9260

FAX: 334/844-9234

E-MAIL: besttro@auburn.edu

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Banner-tailed kangaroo rat

Banner-tailed kangaroo rat.

Education:

Lesser Prairie-chicken on a lek in New Mexico

Lesser Prairie-chicken on a lek in New Mexico.

Honors/Awards:

Bats exiting a cave in northern Alabama

Bats exiting a cave in northern Alabama.

Research/Interests:

The primary focus of my research is on the ecology and systematics of vertebrates.  I have conducted extensive field work in the southwestern United States and Mexico, primarily related to ecology and systematic studies of bats, heteromyid rodents, and other desert species.  For the past 15 years, my research also has included studies of the ecology of birds and reptiles in New Mexico, and the ecology of bats in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico.

Identifying a bat in Africa

Identifying a bat in Africa.

Research camp in Argentina

Research camp in Argentina.

Looking for migratory bats in Mexican caves.

Looking for migratory bats in Mexican caves.

Plotting collecting localities in Alabama

Plotting collecting localities in Alabama

Thunderstorm in Big Bend National Park, Texas

Thunderstorm in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Grazing in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Grazing in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya.

In collaboration with M. J. Harvey (Tennessee Technological University) and J. S. Altenbach (University of New Mexico), we produced three full-color, 24 by 36-inch posters on bats for distribution to the general public by private, state, and federal organizations throughout the United States (Bats of Alabama, Bats of the Eastern United States, and Bats of the Western United States). These posters contain photographs of 45 species of bats that occur in the United States (photos are by J. S. Altenbach) and the back side of each poster has information including distribution, ecology, reproductive biology, and behavior of each species shown on the front. About 200,000 copies are being distributed by sponsoring organizations.

Measurements of a puma (Gay and Best, 1996)

Measurements of a puma (Gay and Best, 1996).

Courses Taught:

Catching up on field notes, New Mexico

Catching up on field notes, New Mexico.

Taking a break from field work in Mexico

Taking a break from field work in Mexico.

Setting up the nmega-netn in southern Alabama

Setting up the mega-net in southern Alabama.

Finding a campsite in Zacatecas, Mexico

Finding a campsite in Zacatecas, Mexico.

Kangaroo rat on Padre Island, Texas

Kangaroo rat on Padre Island, Texas.

Searching for parasites, Arizona

Searching for parasites, Arizona.

Stalking a hoary marmot in Washington

Stalking a hoary marmot in Washington.

Identifying a cowbird in Argentina

Identifying a cowbird in Argentina.