Phone: 208-885-6111
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Student Union Building
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264


Phone: 208-334-2999
Fax: 208-364-4035
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702


Coeur d'Alene

Phone: 208-667-2588
Toll-free: 888-208-2268
Fax: 208-664-1272
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814


Idaho Falls

Phone: 208-282-7900
Fax: 208-282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402


Jennifer Adams, Ph.D.

Jennifer Adams

Research Lab Manager

Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences


Research Interests:

My research interests are focused on the use of molecular tools to aid the conservation and management of imperiled populations and species.  I have worked with two populations of wolves each threatened with extinction but for different reasons.  It was my study of these populations, which fueled my interest in pedigree reconstruction, inbreeding and hybridization.  I am also interested in using molecular tools to better understand the evolution of large canids in North America.  I am interested in developing genetic tools to assist in answering basic questions, like what is the distribution of a species, which could not be readily answered using traditional means.  Finally, I am interested in the non-invasive detection of wildlife diseases using molecular methods.


Torstrom SM, Adams JR, Waits LP (in press) Detecting pygmy rabbits (Brachylagus idahoensis) using DNA extracted from fecal pellets of mixed species groups. Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Bohling JH, Adams JR, Waits LP (2013) Evaluating the ability of Bayesian clustering methods to detect hybridization and introgression using an empirical red wolf dataset. Molecular Ecology, 22, 74-86.

Sparkman AM, Adams JR, Steury TD, Waits LP, Murray DL (2012) Pack social dynamics and inbreeding avoidance in the cooperatively breeding red wolf. Behavioral Ecology, 23, 1186-1194.

Marucco F, Vucetich LM, Peterson RO, Adams JR, Vucetich JA (2012) Evaluating the efficacy of non-invasive genetic methods and estimating wolf survival during a ten-year period. Conservation Genetics, 13, 1611-1622.

Sparkman AM, Adams J, Steury TD, Waits L, Murray DL (2012) Evidence for a genetic basis for delayed dispersal in a cooperatively breeding canid. Animal Behavior, 83, 1091-1098.

Geffen E, Kam M, Hefner R, Hersteinsson P, Angerbjörn A, Dalèn L, Fuglei E, Norèn K, Adams JR, Vucetich J, Meier TJ, Mech LD, vonHoldt BM, Stahler DR, Wayne RI (2011) Kin encounter rate and inbreeding avoidance in canids. Molecular Ecology, 20, 5348-5358.

Hedrick PW, Adams JR, Vucetich JA (2011) Reevaluating and broadening the definition of genetic rescue. Conservation Biology, 25, 1069-1070.

Adams JR, Vucetich LM, Hedrick PH, Peterson RO, Vucetich JA (2011) Genomic sweep and potential genetic rescue during limiting environmental conditions in an isolated wolf population. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 278, 3336-3344.

Adams JR, Goldberg CS, Bosworth WR, Rachlow JL, Waits LP (2011) Rapid species identification of pygmy rabbits (Brachylagus idahoensis) from fecal pellet DNA. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11, 808-812.

Sparkman AM, Adams J, Steury TD, Waits LW, Murray DL (2011) Direct fitness benefits for delayed dispersal in the cooperatively breeding red wolf, Canis rufus. Behavioral Ecology, 22, 199-205.

Sparkman AM, Adams JR, Beyer A, Steury TD, Waits LW, Murray DL (2011) Helper effects on pup lifetime fitness in the cooperatively breeding red wolf (Canis rufus). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 278, 1381-1389.

Adams JR, Lucash C, Schutte L, Waits LP (2007) Locating hybrid individuals in the red wolf (Canis rufus) experimental population area using a spatially targeted sampling strategy and faecal DNA genotyping.  Molecular Ecology, 16, 1823-1834.

Adams JR, Waits LP (2007) Genetic monitoring of the endangered red wolf (Canis rufus) population using fecal DNA genotyping. Conservation Genetics, 8, 123-131.

Miller CR, Adams JR, Waits LP (2003) Pedigree based assignment tests for reversing coyote (Canis latrans) introgression into the wild red wolf (Canis rufus) population.  Molecular Ecology, 12, 3287-3301.

Adams JR, Kelly BT, Waits LP (2003) Using faecal DNA sampling and GIS to monitor for the presence of hybridization between red wolves (Canis rufus) and coyotes (Canis latrans).  Molecular Ecology, 12, 2175-2186.

Adams JR, Leonard JA, Waits LP (2003) Widespread occurrence of a domestic dog mitochondrial DNA haplotype in southeastern coyotes. Molecular Ecology, 12, 541-546.