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NS Faculty - Amy Baird

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Amy Baird

Assistant Chair & Associate Professor

Office: N606

​​Dr. Baird’s area of expertise is the ecology and evolution of vertebrate animals using molecular methods.  She creates evolutionary trees (phylogenies) using genetic information from multiple species. She is more than qualified to teach Genetics (BIOL 3103) or Evolution (BIOL 3306) as these are areas of research expertise. She has an active research program with undergraduate research students involved (BIOL 3300)​

  • B.S., Texas Tech University
  • Ph.D., 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)

  • ​​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

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


A.B. Baird, T.J. McCarthy, R.G. Trujillo, Y.Y. Kang, M. Esmaeiliyan, J. Valdez, N. Woodman, and J.W. Bickham.  (In Press).  Molecular systematics and biodiversity of the Cryptotis mexicanus group (Eulipotyphla: Soricidae): two new species from Honduras supported.  Systematics and Biodiversity (Accepted).

 A.B. Baird, 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.

B. Wielstra, 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.

A.B. Baird, 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. 

A.B. Baird.  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.

A.B. Baird, 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.

 A.B. Baird, 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.

A.B. Baird, 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.

 A.B. Baird, 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.

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

J.K. Wickliffe, 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.

L.R. Shugart, 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.

R.J. Baker, 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 

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