In Press or Print

Townsend AK, Taff CC, Jones ML, Getman KH, Wheeler SS, Hinton MG, & Logsdon RM (In press). Apparent inbreeding preference despite inbreeding depression in the American crow. Molecular Ecology.

Townsend AK, Frett, B, McGarvey A & Taff CC (2018). Where do winter crows go? Characterizing partial migration of American crows with satellite telemetry, stable isotopes, and molecular markers. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, 135, 964-974.

Townsend AK, Taff CC, Wheeler SS, Weis AM, Hinton MG, Jones ML, Logsdon RM, Reisen WK, Freund D, Sehgal RM, Saberi M, Suh Y, Hurd J, and Boyce WM. (2018) Low heterozygosity linked to emerging and endemic disease in crows. Ecosphere. DOI:  10.1002/ecs2.2407

Townsend AK, Wheeler SS, Freund D, Sehgal RM & Boyce WM. (2018) Links between blood parasites, blood chemistry, and the survival of nestling American crows. Ecology and Evolution 1-12. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4287

Lawton S, Byrne BA, Fritz H, Taff C, Townsend AK, Mete A, Wheeler S, Boyce WM (2018) Comparative analysis of Campylobacter spp. isolated from wild birds and chickens using MALDI-TOF, 16S rDNA PCR/sequencing, and conventional biochemical testing.  Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 30, 354-361.

Wagner JL, Townsend AK, Velzis AE, and Paul EA (2017) Temperature and toxicity of a copper herbicide (NautiqueTM) to freshwater fish in field and laboratory trials. Cogent Environmental Science 3: 1339386.

Taff CC & Townsend AK. (2017) Campylobacter jejuni infection associated with relatively poor condition and low survival in a wild bird. Journal of Avian Biology. DOI 10.1111/jav.01282

Jamborova I, Dolejska M, Zurek L, Townsend AK, Clark AB, Ellis JC, Papousek I, Cizek A, and Literak I. Plasmid-mediated resistance to cephalosporins and quinolones in Escherichia coli from American crows in the USA. (2017). Environmental Microbiology 19: 2025-36.

Weis AM, Huang BC, Storey DB, Kong N, Chen P, Arabyan N, Gilpin B, Mason C, Townsend AK, Smith WA, Byrne BA, Taff CC, and Weimer BC. Large-scale release of Campylobacter draft genomes: Resources for food safety and public health from the 100K Pathogen Genome Project. (2017). Genome Announcements 5: e00925-16.

Taff CC, Weis AM, Wheeler SS, Hinton M, Weimer B, Barker CM, Jones M, Logsdon R, Smith W, Boyce W, & Townsend AK (2016) Influence of host ecology and behavior on Campylobacter jejuni prevalence and environmental contamination risk in a synanthropic wild bird. Applied and Environmental Microbiologydoi: 10.1128/AEM.01456-16.

Weis AM, Storey D, Taff CC, Townsend AK, Huang B, Kong N, Clothier K, Spinner A, Byrne B, & Weimer B (2016) Genomic comparisons and zoonotic potential of Campylobacter between birds, primates, and livestock. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01746-16

Eimes JA, Lee S, Townsend AK, Jablonski P, Nishiumi I, Satta Y (2016) Early duplication of a single MHC IIB locus prior to the passerine radiations. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0163456. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163456Freund D, Wheeler SS, Townsend AK, Boyce WM, Ernest HB, Cicero C & Sehgal RN (2016). Genetic sequence data reveals widespread sharing of Leucocytozoon lineages in corvids. Parasitology research, 1-9.

Freund D, Wheeler SS, Townsend AK, Boyce WM, Ernest HB, Cicero C, Sehgal RNM (2016) Genetic sequence data reveals widespread sharing of Leucocytozoon lineages in corvids. Parasitology Research.

Townsend AK, Cooch EG, Sillett TS, Rodenhouse NL, Holmes RT, & Webster MS (2015). The interacting effects of food, spring temperature, and global climate cycles on population dynamics of a migratory songbird. Global Change Biologydoi: 10.1111/gcb.13053

Hinton MG, Reisen WK, Wheeler SS, and Townsend AK (2015) West Nile virus activity in a winter roost of American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos): is bird-to-bird transmission important in persistence and amplification? Journal of Medical Entomology 52: 683-692.

Eimes JA, Townsend AK, Sepil I, Nishiumi I & Satta Y (2015). Patterns of evolution of MHC class II genes of crows (Corvus) suggest trans-species polymorphism. PeerJ, 3, e853. doi: 10.7717/peerj.853

Townsend JM, Rimmer CC, Klavins, J, Townsend AK, & Mendoza EC (2014). New winter distributional records for Swainson’s Warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii) in the Dominican Republic. Journal of Caribbean Ornithology 27, 36-39

Townsend AK & Barker CM (2014) Plastic and the nest entanglement of urban and agricultural birds. PLoS ONE 9: e88006.

Wheeler SS, Woods LW, Boyce WM, Eckstrand CD, Langevin SA, Reisen WK, & Townsend AK (2014) West Nile virus and non-West Nile virus mortality and coinfection of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) in California. Avian Diseases 58(2): 255-261.

Zuckerberg B, Carling M, Dor R, Ferree E, Spellman G and Townsend AK (2014) Differential relationships between habitat fragmentation and within-population genetic diversity of three forest-dwelling birds. bioRxiv: (Published preprint)

Halová D, Papoušek I, Jamborova I, Masarikova M, Cizek A, Janecko N, Oravcova V, Zurek L, Clark A, Townsend AK, Ellis J, & Literak I (2014) Plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance genes in Enterobacteriaceae bacteria from American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos): high prevalence of bacteria with variable qnrB genesAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 58(2):1257-8. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01849-13. 

Weis AM, Miller M, Byrne B, Boyce W, & Townsend AK. (2014) Prevalence and pathogenic potential of Campylobacter isolates in free-living, human commensal American Crows. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80(5):1639. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.03393-13.

Townsend AK, Sillett TS, Webster MS, Lany NK, Kaiser SA, Rodenhouse NL, & Holmes RT (2013). Warm springs, early lay dates, and double brooding in a North American migratory songbird, the Black-Throated Blue Warbler. PLoS ONE 8 (4): e59467. 

 Oravcova VL, Zurek L, Townsend AK, Clark AB, Ellis JC, Cizek A, & Literak I (2013) American crows as carriers of vancomycin-resistant enterococci with vanA gene. Environmental Microbiology: doi:10.1111/1462-2920.12213

Latta SC, Townsend AK, & Lovette IJ. (2012) Origins of the recently discovered Hispaniolan Olive-throated Parakeet: a phylogeographic perspective on a conservation conundrum. Caribbean Journal of Science 46 (2-3): 1-7.

Sly ND, Townsend AK, Rimmer CC, Townsend JM, Latta SC, & Lovette IJ (2011) Ancient islands and modern invasions: disparate phylogeographic histories among Hispaniola’s endemic birdsMolecular Ecology 20:5012-5024. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05073.x
(results featured in Mol. Ecol. 20: 4823–4826)

Townsend AK, Clark AB, & McGowan KJ. (2011) Injury and paternity loss in the cooperatively breeding American crow. Journal of Field Ornithology 82(4): 415-421.

Townsend JM,  Rimmer CC, Townsend AK, & McFarland KP (2011)  Sex and age ratio of Bicknell’s Thrush wintering in HispaniolaWilson Journal of Ornithology 123(2): 367-372

Townsend AK, Bowman R, Fitzpatrick JW, Dent M, & Lovette IJ (2011) Genetic monogamy across variable demographic landscapes in the cooperatively breeding Florida scrub-jay. Behavioral Ecology 22(3): 464-470. doi:10.1093/beheco/arq227

Townsend AK, Clark AB, & McGowan KJ. (2010) Condition, innate immunity and disease mortality of inbred crows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277 (1695): 2875-2883.  doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0480

Townsend, AK, Clark AB, & McGowan KJ. (2010) The direct benefits and genetic costs of extrapair paternity in the cooperatively breeding American crow. American Naturalist 175: E1-9. doi: 10.1086/648553

Miller AD, Townsend AK, McGowan KJ, Clark AB, Glaser AL, Patrican LA, Dobson E, & Buckles EL. (2010) Non-West Nile virus associated mortality in a population of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos):  a gross and histopathologic study. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 22: 120-126.

Sly ND, Townsend AK, Rimmer CC, Townsend JM, Latta S, & Lovette IJ (2010)  Phylogeography and conservation genetics of the Hispaniolan endemic Palm-tanagers (Aves: Phaenicophilus). Conservation Genetics 11 (6): 2121-2129, DOI: 10.1007/s10592-010-0098-4.

Townsend JM, Rimmer CC, Brocca J, McFarland KP, & Townsend AK (2009) Predation of a wintering migratory songbird by introduced rats:  can nocturnal roosting behavior serve as predator avoidance? Condor 111(3): 565-569.

Townsend, AK (2009) Extrapair copulations predict extrapair fertilizations in the American Crow. Condor 111: 387-392. (Evaluated by the Faculty of 1000 Biology)

Townsend AK, Clark AB, McGowan KJ, Buckles EL, Miller AD, & Lovette IJ (2009a) Disease-mediated inbreeding depression in cooperative crows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 2057-2064. (Press release:

Townsend AK, Clark AB, McGowan KJ, & Lovette, IJ. (2009b) Reproductive partitioning and the assumptions of reproductive skew models in the cooperatively breeding American crow. Animal Behaviour 77: 503-512.

Townsend AK, Rimmer CC, Latta S, & Lovette IJ. (2007) Ancient differentiation in the single island avian radiation of endemic Hispaniolan Chat-tanagers (Aves: Calyptophilus)Molecular Ecology 16 (17): 3634-3642.

Schoenle LA, Townsend AK, & Lovette IJ (2007) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in a cooperatively-breeding corvid, the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos). Molecular Ecology Notes 7(1): 46-48.

Rimmer CC, Townsend JM, Townsend AK, Fernandez EM, & Almonte J. (2005) Avian diversity, abundance, and conservation status in the Macaya Biosphere Reserve of HaitiOrnitologia Neotropical 16: 219-230.

Townsend AK, Ostfeld RO, & Geher KB (2003) The effects of bird feeders on Lyme disease prevalence and density of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in a residential area of Dutchess County, New York.  Journal of Medical Entomology 40(4) 540-46.

In Review

Townsend AK, Staab HA*, and Barker CM. In review. Urbanization and elevated cholesterol in American crows.