Dr. William J. Loughry

Loughry and armadillo face-to-face

Contact Information:Office

Bailey Science Center, Room 2087

Email: jloughry@valdosta.edu

Phone: (229) 333-5765

Personal Website: http://ww2.valdosta.edu/~jloughry/

Courses Taught Other Links
BIOL 2652 Armadillos
BIOL 4650 Current Projects


1. B.S. in Biology, University of Pittsburgh, 1976-1980
2. PhD in Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, 1981-1987

Dissertation Title:  Functional significance of variation in the antipredator behavior of black-tailed prairie dogs, Advisor:  Don Owings

3. N.I.H. Post-Doctoral Trainee in Ethology, University of Tennessee, 1987-1989, Advisor:  Gary McCracken

4. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Southwestern University, 1989-1990

5. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Austin College, 1990-1991

6. Assistant Professor of Biology, Valdosta State University, 1991-1995

7. Associate Professor of Biology, Valdosta State University, 1995-2001 (tenure awarded, May 1996)

CURRENT STATUS: Professor of Biology, Valdosta State University, 2001-present



1. Animal communication, particularly alarm calling and scent recognition

2. Behavioral development

3. Antipredator behavior, especially "mobbing" behavior

4. Ecology and behavior of nine-banded armadillos

5. Functional significance of individual differences in behavior

6. Potential for kin selection in animals (vertebrates) that reproduce clonally



A. Books:

1. Vizcaíno, S. F. & Loughry, W. J.  (Eds.).  2008.  The Biology of the Xenarthra.  University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 370 pp.

2. Loughry, W. J. & McDonough, C. M.  2013.  The Nine-Banded Armadillo:  A Natural History.  University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 323 pp.

B. Recent journal articles:

Howell-Stephens, J. A., Lockhart, J. M., Santymire, R. M. & Loughry, W. J. 2015. Circulating concentrations of gonadal and adrenocortical hormones in wild nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus).  Mammalia79:147-158. doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2014-0029

Superina, M. & Loughry, W. J.  2015. Why do xenarthrans matter?  Journal of Mammalogy96:617-621. doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv099

Loughry, W. J., Superina, M., McDonough, C. M. & Abba, A. M.  2015.  Research on armadillos:  a review and prospectus.  Journal of Mammalogy96:635-644. doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv005

Sharma, R., Singh, P., Loughry, W. J., Lockhart, J. M., Inman, B., Duthie, M., Pena, M. T., Marcos, L., Scollard, D. M., Cole, S. T. & Truman, R. W. 2015.  Emerging zoonotic leprosy in the southern United States.  Emerging Infectious Diseases21:2127-2134. doi: 10.3201/eid2112.150501

Perez-Heydrich, C., Loughry, W. J., Anderson, C. D.  & Oli, M. K. 2016.  Patterns of Mycobacterium leprae exposure in wild nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) in Mississippi, USA.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases52:524-532. doi.org/10.7589/2015-03-066

Lockhart, J. M., Siddiqui, S., Loughry, W. J. & Bielmyer-Fraser, G. K.  2016.  Metal accumulation in wild-caught opossum.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment188:317. doi.org/10.1007/s10661-016-5327-y

Oliver, J. D., Jones, K. E., Hautier, L., Loughry, W. J. & Pierce, S. E. 2016.  Vertebral bending mechanics and xenarthrous morphology in the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus).  Journal of Experimental Biology219:2991-3002. doi.org/10.1242/jeb.142331

Thomason, R. K., Lockhart, J. M., Loughry, W. J. & Bielmyer-Fraser, G. K.  2016.  Metal accumulation in bobcats in the southeastern United States.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment188:565. doi.org/10.1007/s10661-016-5587-6

Oli, M. K., Loughry, W. J., Caswell, H., Perez-Heydrich, C., McDonough, C. M. & Truman, R. W.  2017. Dynamics of leprosy in nine-banded armadillos:  net reproductive number and effects on host population dynamics.  Ecological Modeling350:100-108. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.02.001

Mallon, J. C., Henderson, D. M., McDonough, C. M. & Loughry, W. J. 2018.  A ‘bloat-and-float’ taphonomic model best explains the upside-down preservation of ankylosaurs.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology497:117-127. doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.02.010

Loughry, W. J., Oeser, M., Anderson, C. D. & Hoogland, J. L.  2019.  The importance of individual variation in the alarm calls of Gunnison’s prairie dogs.  Animal Behaviour150:59-68. doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.01.019

Santos, P. M., and 507 coauthors.  2019.  Neotropical xenarthrans: a data set of occurrence of xenarthran species in the Neotropics.  Ecology100:e02663. doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2663

Loughry, W. J., Oeser, M. & Hoogland, J. L.  2019.  Alarm calls of the same individual vary during a response to the same predator in Gunnison’s prairie dogs.  Canadian Journal of Zoologyin press. doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2019-0064