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Pam Groves

P. Groves & D. Mann
Research Interests: 

Much of my research has focused on muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) in areas ranging from muskox husbandry to their genetics, evolutionary history and convergent evolution with takins (Budorcas taxicolor) in China.  I also am interested in mammalian adaptations to arctic environments.

More recently, I have been studying paleontology of extinct megafaunal mammals from the late Pleistocene and early Holocene in northern Alaska.


Molly Yazwinski
Pam Groves
Research Scientist
248 WRRB
405 Irving
Postal Address: 
Institute of Arctic Biology
PO Box 757000
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000

B.A. - Hampshire College, Amherst MA.  1976.  Animal Behavior and Ecology.

Ph.D. -University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks AK.  1995.  Dissertation: The Takin and Muskox: a Molecular and Ecological Evaluation of Relationship.

Bureau of Land Management, Arctic Field Office.  Seasonal Employee.  Wildlife biologist and paleontologist. Collected and catalogued 1000’s of bones from North Slope.  2002-2012

Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks AK.  Research Scientist. 1995 - present. 

Large Animal Research Station, University of Alaska, Fairbanks AK.  Public education and outreach supervisor. 1987 - 2014. 

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH. Research  Associate.  Jan. 2002 – 2010.

Molecular Biology Unit, AgResearch, Dunedin, New Zealand.  Visiting Researcher.  Jan. - April 1996. 

Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks AK.  Postdoctoral fellow.  May - Dec. 1995. 

Large Animal Research Station, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks AK.  Co-PI for Muskoxen and Caribou Earthwatch Project.  1991 - 1993. 

Shaanxi Institute of Zoology, Xian, China.  Research associate.  1998-1991. 


Kuhn, T.S. et al., 2010. Modern and ancient DNA reveal recent partial replacement of caribou in the southwest Yukon. Molecular Ecology, 19, pp.1312–1323.
Mann, D.H. et al., 2010. Floodplains, permafrost, cottonwood trees, and peat: What happened the last time climate warmed suddenly in arctic Alaska?. Quaternary Researchary Science Reviews, 29, pp.3812–3830.


Hansen, H. et al., 2009. Social networks and the formation and maintenance of river otter groups. Ethology, 115, pp.384–396.


Blundell, G.M. et al., 2004. Kinship and sociality in coastal river otters: Are they related?. Behavioral Ecology, 15, pp.705–714.



Kunz, M.L. et al., 1999. The life and times of Paleoindians in Arctic Alaska. Arctic Research of the U.S., 13, pp.33–39.


Groves, P. & Wu, J., 1998. Proceedings of the 2nd World Conference on Mountain Ungulates. In pp. 47–58.


Groves, P., 1997. Intraspecific variation of mitochondrial DNA of muskoxen based on control region sequences. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 75, pp.568–575.
Groves, P., 1997. Muskox. Alaska Geographic, 23, pp.56–94.
Groves, P. & Shields, G.F., 1997. Cytochrome b sequences suggest convergent evolution of the Asian takin and arctic muskox. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 8, pp.363–374.


Bureau of Land Management. “Predicting the Effects of Climate Change Based on Past Occurrences of Climatic Warming in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.” August 2012-August 2016. $173K

National Science Foundations. "Collaborative Research: Land Bridges, Ice-Free Corridors, and Biome Shifts: Impacts on the Evolution and Extinction of Horses in Ice-Age Beringia" 2015-2018. $543K