Associate Professor

A233 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Phone:  (608) 890-2766

Lab Website



Conservation biology, wildlife population dynamics, and molecular ecology

Research Interests

My main research interests are conservation biology, wildlife population biology, and molecular ecology. Much of my research integrates methods and concepts from these fields to study the demographic and environmental factors limiting endangered species.


Palsbøll, P.J.,M.Z. Peery, M.T. Olsen, S.R. Beissinger, and M. Bérubé. 2013. Inferring recent historic abundance from current genetic diversity. Molecular Ecology 22(1):22-40. Invited Review.

Peery, M. Z., B. N. Reid*, R. Kirby, R. Stoelting*, E. Doucet-Bëer*, S. J. Robinson, C. Vasquez-Carrillo*, J. N. Pauli, P. J. Palsbøll. In Press. More precisely biased: increasing the number of markers is not a silver bullet in genetic bottleneck testing. Molecular Ecology.

Peery, M. Z. and R. J. Gutiérrez. 2013. Life-history trade-offs in Spotted Owls: Implications for assessments of territory quality. The Auk 130(1):132-140. Featured as "Editor's Choice"

Moss, W.E., M.Z. Peery, G.A. Gutiérrez-Espeleta, C. Vaughan, G. Herrera, J.N. Pauli. 2012. Isolation and characterization of 18 microsatellite markers for the brown-throated three-toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus. Conservation Genetics Resources 4(4):1037-1039.

Pauli, J. N., and M. Z. Peery, 2012. Unexpected strong polygyny in the brown-throated three-toed sloth. PLoS One 7(12): e51389.

Peery, M. Z., R. J. Gutiérrez, R. Kirby, O. E. LeDee, and W. S. LaHaye. 2012. Climate change and spotted owls: potentially contrasting responses in the southwestern United States. Global Change Biology. 18(3): 865-880.

Peery, M. Z., R. Kirby, B. N. Reid*, R.Stoelting*, E. Doucet-Bëer*, S. J. Robinson,C. Vasquez-Carrillo*, J. N. Pauli, P. J. Palsbøll. 2012. Reliability of genetic bottleneck tests for detecting recent population declines. Molecular Ecology 21(14): 3403–3418. Invited Review.

Peery, M. Z. and J. N. Pauli. 2012. The mating system of a “lazy” mammal, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth. Animal Behaviour 84(3): 555-562.

Popescu, V. D., P. de Valpine, D. Tempel, and M. Z. Peery. 2012. Estimating population impacts via dynamic occupancy analysis of Before-After Control-Impact studies. Ecological Applications 22(4): 1389-1404.

Moss*, W. E., J. N. Pauli, G. A. Gutiérrez, A. Young, C. Vaughan, G. Herrera, M. Z. Peery. 2011. Development and characterization of 16 microsatellites for Hoffman’s two-toed sloth, Choloepus hoffmanniConservation Genetics Resources 3(4): 625-627.

Palsbøll, P. J, M. Z. Peeryand M. Bérubé. 2010. Detecting populations in the “ambiguous” zone: kinship-based estimation of population structure at low genetic divergence. Molecular Ecology Resources 10(5): 797–805. Invited Review.

Peery, M. Z., L. A. Hall, A. Sellas, S. R. Beissinger, C. Moritz, M. Bérubé, M. G. Raphael,S. K. Nelson, R. T. Golightly, L. McFarlane-Tranquilla, S. Newman, P. J. Palsbøll. 2010. Genetic analyses of historic and modern marbled murrelets suggest decoupling of migration and gene flow after habitat fragmentation. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Series 277(1682): 697-706.

Peery, M. Z. and R. W. Henry. 2010Recovering marbled murrelets via corvid management: A population viability analysis approach. Biological Conservation 143(11): 2414–2424.

Hall*, L. A., S. R. Beissinger, P. J. Palsbøll, J. T. Harvey, M. Bérubé, M. G. Raphael, S. K. Nelson, R. T. Golightly, S. Newman, L. McFarlane-Tranquilla, and M. Z. Peery. 2009.Characterizing dispersal patterns of a threatened seabird with limited genetic structure. Molecular Ecology 18(24): 5074–5085.

Peery, M. Z., S. H. Newman, C. Storlazzi, and S. R. Beissinger. 2009Meeting reproductive demands in a dynamic upwelling system: foraging strategies of a pursuit-diving seabird, the Marbled Murrelet. The Condor 111(1): 120–134.

Peery, M. Z., S. R. Beissinger, R. F. House, M. Bérubé, L. A. Hall, A. Sellas, and P. J. Palsbøll. 2008. Characterizing source-sink dynamics with genetic parentage assignments. Ecology 89(10): 2746–2759.

Peery, M. Z., L. A. Henkel, S. H. Newman, B. H. Becker, J. T. Harvey, C. Thompson, and S. R. Beissinger. 2008. Effects of rapid flight-feather molt on postbreeding dispersal in a pursuit-diving seabird. The Auk 125(1): 113-123.

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