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Samuel J. McNaughton

Samuel J. McNaughton

Emeritus Professor
Department of Biology


    William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Biology, Emeritus

    Past Research Interests

    Ecosystem and plant ecology, grassland ecosystems, ecology of large mammalian herbivores, conservation biology. Research from 1974 to 2004 in the Serengeti National Park.


    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Standford University (1965-1966)
    • Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin (1964)

    Employment History

    • Syracuse University, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Biology, Emeritus
    • Syracuse University, Assistant and Associate Professor (1966-1992)
    • Portland State College, Assistant Professor (1964-1965)

    Courses Taught

    • BIO 415/615: Conservation Biology

    Research Support

    National Science Foundation (NSF): Experimental analysis of ecosystem mechanisms engendering ungulate spatial concentration (2001-2004).

    Selected Publications

    • Anderson, T.M. , M.E. Ritchie, and S.J. McNaughton. 2007. Rainfall and soils modify plant community response to grazing in Serengeti National Park. Ecology 88(5) 1191-1201.
    • McNaughton, S. J. 2001. Herbivory and trophic interactions. In, J. Roy, B. Saugier, and H. A. Mooney, eds. Terrestrial Global Productivity: Past, Present, Future. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 101-122.
    • Augustine, D. J., and S. J. McNaughton. 1998. Invited paper: Ungulate effects on functional species composition of plant communities: herbivore selectivity and plant tolerance. J. Wildlife Manage 62: 1164-1182.
    • Hamilton, E. W. III, M. S. Giovannini, S. J. Moses, J. S. Coleman, and S. J. McNaughton. 1998. Biomass and mineral element responses of a Serengeti short grass species to nitrogen supply and defoliation: compensation requires a critical [N]. Oecologia 116: 407-418.
    • McNaughton, S. J., F. F. Banyikwa, and M. M. McNaughton. 1997. Promotion of the cycling of diet-enhancing nutrients by African grazers. Science 278: 1798- 1800.