Dr. Paul Stapp

Contact Information

Office: MH 111E

Phone: 657-278-2849

Email: pstapp@fullerton.edu

Paul Stapp



PhD, Zoology (Ecological Studies), Colorado State University

MS, Wildlife, University of New Hampshire

BS, Zoology, University of California, Davis

Research Areas

Wildlife population and community ecology; species interactions; wildlife-habitat relationships; anthropogenic impacts on wildlife; exotic and invasive species; ecology of insular, desert, grassland and agroecosystems; conservation biology

Courses Regularly Taught

Principles of Ecology, Population and Community Ecology, Mammalogy, Wildlife Conservation


Duncan*, C.L., J.L. King, & P. Stapp. 2017. Effects of prolonged immunocontraception on the breeding behavior of American bison. Journal of Mammalogy 98:1272-1287.

Salkeld, D.J., P. Stapp, D.W. Tripp, K.L. Gage, J. Lowell, C.T. Webb, R.J. Brinkerhoff, & M.F. Antolin. 2016. Ecological traits driving the outbreak and emergence of zoonotic pathogens. Bioscience 66:118-129.

Conway*, K., & P. Stapp. 2015. Bot-fly infestation of thirteen-lined ground squirrels in Colorado shortgrass steppe. The Prairie Naturalist 47:13-20.

Newbold, T.A.S., P. Stapp, K.E. Levensailor*, J.D. Derner, & W.K. Lauenroth. 2014. Community responses of arthropods to a range of traditional and manipulated grazing intensities in shortgrass steppe. Environmental Entomology 43:556-568.

Kraft*, J.P, & P. Stapp. 2013. Movements and burrow use by northern grasshopper mice as a possible mechanism of plague spread in prairie dog colonies. Journal of Mammalogy 94:1087-1093.

Rebollo, S., D.G. Milchunas, P. Stapp, D.J. Augustine, & J.D. Derner. 2013. Disproportionate effects of non-colonial small herbivores on structure and diversity of grassland dominated by large herbivores. Oikos 122:1757-1767.

Savage, L.T., R.M. Reich, L.M. Hartley, P. Stapp & M.F. Antolin. 2011. Climate, soils and connectivity predict plague epizootics in black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus). Ecological Applications 21:2933-2943.

Salkeld, D.J., M. Salathé, P. Stapp & J.H. Jones. 2010. Plague outbreaks in prairie dog populations: percolation thresholds of alternate host abundance explain epizootics.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:14247-14250.

Franklin*, H.A., P. Stapp & A. Cohen. 2010. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) identification of rodent blood meals confirms host sharing by flea vectors of plague. Journal of Vector Ecology 35:363-371.

Guttilla*, D.A., & P. Stapp.  2010. Effects of sterilization on movements of feral cats at an urban-wildland interface. Journal of Mammalogy 91:482-489.

Stapp, P., & D.J. Salkeld. 2009. Inferring host-parasite feeding relationships using stable isotopes: implications for disease transmission and host specificity. Ecology 90:3268-3273.

Stapp , P., D.J. Salkeld, H.A. Franklin*, J.P. Kraft*, D.W. Tripp, M.F. Antolin & K.L. Gage. 2009. Evidence for the involvement of an alternative rodent host in the dynamics of plague in prairie dogs. Journal of Animal Ecology 78:807-817.

Derner, J.D., W.K. Lauenroth, P. Stapp & D.J. Augustine. 2009. Livestock as ecosystem engineers: Bird habitat in the western Great Plains. Rangeland Ecology and Management 62:111-118.

Salkeld, D.J., & P. Stapp. 2009. The effects of weather and plague-induced die-offs of prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus Ord) on the fleas (Siphonaptera) of northern grasshopper mice (Onychomys leucogaster Wied). Journal of Medical Entomology 46:588-594.

Boone*, A., J.P. Kraft* & P. Stapp. 2009. Scavenging by mammalian carnivores on prairie dog colonies: implications for the spread of plague. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 9:185-190.

*CSUF research student

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