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Dr. Sara Ash
Professor of Biology

S. Ash

Dr. Sara Ash is an alumna of Cumberland College, having graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1993. At Texas A&M University, she studied Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, earning an M.S. in 1995 and a Ph.D. in 2001. She returned to Cumberland College in 2000, joining the faculty as a Wildlife Biologist.

In January 2000, while a graduate teaching assistant at Texas A&M University, Dr. Ash was presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She was also designated Outstanding Doctoral Student in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

Dr. Ash continues active research in the areas of wildlife ecology and behavior. Most recently, she has been studying the behavior and ecological impact of feral and urban stray cats.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 133 Introduction to Population Biology
  • BIOL 246 Biodiversity
  • BIOL 431 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 448 Ecology
  • BIOL 460 Tropical Ecology and Conservation: Belize
  • BIOL 495 Senior Seminar

Publications, Presentations and Research

2000. Behavior and ecology of TTVAR managed free-ranging domestic cats. Texas Conference on Feral Cats, Dallas TX.

2000. Intraspecific spatial dynamics of free-ranging domestic cats (Felix Catus) managed with the TTVAR method. The Wildlife Society Texas Chapter Annual Meeting, San Angelo, TX.

Steen-Ash, S.J., 1999. Intraspecific spatial dynamics of urban stray cats. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Urban Wildlife Conservation.

1999. Intraspecific spatial dynamics of urban stray cats. 4th International Symposium on Urban Wildlife Conservation, Tucson, AZ.

Adams, C.E. & S.J. Steen, 1998. Texas females who hunt. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 25(4): 796-802.

1997. Characteristics of gray squirrel release sites selected by Kentucky nuisance wildlife control operators. 8th Eastern Wildlife Damage Management Conference. Roanoke, VA.