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NS Faculty - Amy Baird

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Amy Baird

Assistant Chair & Associate Professor

Office: STB326

Dr. Baird's area of expertise is in evolutionary biology.  She uses molecular phylogenetics to investigate evolutionary history of vertebrates, especially mammals, and is particularly interested in speciation in bats.  She also studies population genetics of mammals, including bowhead whales.

  • B.S., Biology, Texas Tech University
  • Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Texas at Austin
  • Human Anatomy (BIOL 3305)
  • Human Anatomy Lab (BIOL 3105)
  • Human Physiology (BIOL 3320)
  • Human Physiology Lab (BIOL 3120)
  • Natural History of Vertebrates (BIOL 4390)
  • Natural History of Vertebrates Lab (BIOL 4190)
  • Biological Evolution (BIOL 3306)
  • General Genetics Lab (BIOL 3103)
  • General Biology I Lab (BIOL 1101)
  • General Biology II Lab (BIOL 1102)
  • Wildlife Biology Lab (BIOL 4290)

  • ​​2014-present: Member United States scientific delegation to the International Whaling Commission
  • Reviewer for multiple journals including Ecotoxicology, Systematic Biology, Journal of Heredity, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Evolution and Occasional Papers at the Museum of Texas Technology University​​
  • 2011-present:​ Assistant Professor Biology, UHD Professional

Dr. Baird currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Mammalogy and as a member of the United States Scientific Delegation to the International Whaling Commission.  She has previously served as the President of the Texas Society of Mammalogists.  She is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists and a Patron member of the Texas Society of Mammalogists.

Research Interest

Speciation, molecular phylogenetics, phylogeography, systematics of vespertilionid bats, population genetics of bowhead whales, natural history and evolution of Texas vertebrates


2016 UHD Funded Faculty Leave Award
2015 UHD Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities Award


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Baird, A.B., and J.W. Bickham.  In Press.  The Stocks of Bowheads.  In: The Bowhead Whale: Balaena mysticetus: Biology and 

Human Interactions (J.G.M. Thewissen and J.C. George, eds.).  Elsevier.

Peart, C. R., S. Tusso, S. D. Pophaly, F. Botero-Castro, C. Wu, D. Aurioles-Gamboa, A. B. Baird, J. W. Bickham, J. Forcada, F. Galimberti, N. J. Gemmell, J. I. Hoffman, K. M. Kovacs, M. Kunnasranta, C. Lydersen, T. Nyman, L. R. de Oliviera, A. J. Orr, S. Sanvito, M. Valtonen, A. B. A. Shafer, J. B. W. Wolf.  In Press.  Determinants of genetic variation across eco-evolutionary scales and their implications for the Anthropocene.  (Accepted in Nature Ecology & Evolution)

Baird, A.B., J.E. Light, and J.W. Bickham.  2019.  A new species of Rhogeessa from Nicaragua based on morphological, karyotypic, and molecular data.  Pp. 257-273 in From field to laboratory: a memorial volume in honor of Robert J. Baker (R.D. Bradley, H.H. Genoways, D.J. Schmidly, and L.C. Bradley, eds.).  Special Publications, Museum of Texas Tech University 71: xi+1-911.

Baird, A.B., M.J. Robinson, and J.W. Bickham.  2019.  The role of the American Society of Mammalogists in mammalian conservation: from politics to conservation genetics.  Journal of Mammalogy 100: 774-785.

Baird, A.B., T.J. McCarthy, R.G. Trujillo, Y.Y. Kang, M. Esmaeiliyan, J. Valdez, N. Woodman, and J.W. Bickham.  2018.  Molecular systematics and biodiversity of the Cryptotis mexicanus group (Eulipotyphla: Soricidae): two new species from Honduras supported.  Systematics and Biodiversity 16(2): 108-117.  doi: 10.1080/14772000.2017.1333539

Baird, A.B., J.K. Braun, M.D. Engstrom, A.C. Holbert, M.G. Huerta, B.K. Lim, M.A. Mares, J.C. Patton, and J.W. Bickham.  2017.  Nuclear and mtDNA phylogenetic analyses clarify the evolutionary history of two species of native Hawaiian bats and the taxonomy of Lasiurini (Mammalia: Chiroptera).  PLoS One 12(10): e0186085.

Baird, A.B., J.K. Braun, M.A. Mares, J.C. Morales, J.C. Patton, C.Q. Tran, and J.W. Bickham.  2015.  Molecular systematic revision of tree bats (Lasiurini): Doubling the native mammals of the Hawaiian Islands. Journal of Mammalogy 96: 1255-1274

Wielstra, B., A.B. Baird, and J.W. Arntzen.  2013. A multimarker phylogeography of crested newts (Triturus cristatus superspecies) reveals cryptic species.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67:167-175.

Baird, A.B., M.R. Marchan-Rivadeneira, S.G. Perez and R.J. Baker.  2012.  Morphological analysis and description of two new species of Rhogeessa (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from the Neotropics.  Occasional Papers of the Museum of Texas Tech University 307: 1-25.

Baird, A.B..  2010.  Genetic identification of cryptic species: An example in Rhogeessa.  In: DeWoody, Bickham, Michler, Nichols, Rhodes, and Woeste (eds).  Molecular Insights into Natural Resource Management and Conservation.  Cambridge University Press. p.22-23.

Baird, A.B., G.B. Pauly, D.W. Hall and T.J. LaDuc.  2009.  Records of the porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) from the eastern margins of the Edwards Plateau of Texas. The Texas Journal of Science 61: 65-67.

Baird, A.B., D.M. Hillis, J.C. Patton, and J.W. Bickham.  2009.  Speciation by monobrachial centric fusions: A test of the model using nuclear DNA sequences from the bat genus Rhogeessa.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50: 256-267.

Baird, A.B., D.M. Hillis, J.C. Patton, and J.W. Bickham.  2008. Evolutionary history of the genus Rhogeessa (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) as revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences.  Journal of Mammalogy 89: 744-754.

Baird, A.B., J.K. Krejca, J.R. Reddell, C.E. Peden, M.J. Mahoney and D.M. Hillis.  2006.  Phylogeographic structure and color pattern variation among populations of Plethodon albagula on the Edwards Plateau of Central Texas.  Copeia 2006: 760-768.

Baird, A.B. and R.K. Chesser.  2005.  Chernobyl.  In: Encyclopedia of Toxicology (Second Edition).  Edited by Philip Wexler.  Elsevier: Oxford.

Wickliffe, J.K., A.M. Bickham, B.E. Rodgers, R.K. Chesser, C.J. Phillips, S.P. Gaschak, J.A. Goryanaya, I. Chizhevsky, and R.J. Baker.  2003.  Exposure to chronic, low-dose rate gamma-radiation at Chornobyl does not induce point mutations in Big Blue mice.  Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis 42:11-18.

Shugart, L.R., C.W. Theodorakis, A.M. Bickham and J.W. Bickham.  2002.  Genetic effects of contaminant exposure and potential impacts on animal populations.  Handbook of Ecotoxicology: Second Edition, chapter 41.

Baker, R.J., A.M. Bickham, M. Bondarkov, S. Gaschak, C.W. Matson, B.E. Rodgers, J.K. Wickliffe, and R.K. Chesser.  2001.  Consequences of Polluted Environments on Population Structure: The Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus) at Chornobyl.  Ecotoxicology 10: 211-216.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
J. W. Bickham, C. W. Matson, E. M. Oziolor, R. Suydam, J. C. George, and A. B. Baird.  2014.  Genome size of the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus).  Submitted to the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee, Document SC/65b/BRG04.  Available from

A. B. Baird, R. S. Suydam, J. C. George, and J. W. Bickham.  2014.  Update on mtDNA and SNP database for bowhead whales.  Submitted to the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee, Document SC/65b/BRG13.  Available from 


  • 2016 UHD Funded Faculty Leave Award
  • 2015 UHD Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities Award

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