Seth Riley

Associate Adjunct Professor

phone:  74746
office:  RM 5324, LSB C/O DR. BOB WAYNE

Recent Courses


B.A., Human Biology: Animal Behavior And Ecology, Stanford University 1988
Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Davis 1999

Research Interests

Seth's research focuses on the ecology and conservation of wildlife in fragmented urban landscapes. Specifically, this includes the behavior and ecology of wide-ranging mammalian carnivores such as mountain lions and bobcats, the effects of fragmentation and roads on the population genetic structure of wildlife (including carnivores, reptiles, and birds), and the effects of urbanization on the diversity and abundance of reptile and amphibian communities. Seth is also interested in conservation and management of wildlife in National Parks, and in the effective long-term monitoring of National Park resources.

Selected Publications

Riley, S. P. D., L. E. K. Serieys, J. P. Pollinger, J. A. Sikich, L. Dalbeck, R. K. Wayne, and H. B. Ernest, "Individual behavior dominates the dynamics of a mountain lion population in a highly fragmented urban landscape", Current Biology, 24 : 1989-1994 (2014) .

Lee, J. S., S. N. Bevins, L. E. K. Serieys, W. Vickers, K. A. Logan, M. Aldredge, E. E. Boydston, L. M. Lyren, R. McBride, M. Roelke-Parker, J. Pecon-Slattery, J. L. Troyer, S. P. Riley, W. M. Boyce, K. R. Crooks, and S. VandeWoude, "Evolution of puma lentivirus in bobcats (Lynx rufus) and mountain Lions (Puma concolor) in North America", Journal of Virology, 88 : 7727-7737 (2014) .

R. M. Troyer, J. A. Beatty, K. R. Stutzman-Rodriguez, S. Carver, C. C. Lozano, J. S. Lee, M. R. Lappin, S. P. D. Riley, L. E. K. Serieys, K. A. Logan, L. L. Sweanor, W. M. Boyce, T. W. Vickers, R. McBride, K. R. Crooks, J. S. Lewis, M. W. Cunningham, J. Rovnak, S. L. Quackenbush, S. VandeWoude, "Novel gammaherpesviruses in North American domestic cats, bobcats and pumas: identification, prevalence and risk factors", Journal of Virology, 88 : 3914-3924 (2014) .

L. B. Kats, G. Bucciarelli, T. L. Vandergon, R. L. Honeycutt, E. Mattiasen, A. Sanders, S. P.D. Riley, J. L. Kerby, and R. N. Fisher, "Effects of natural ?ooding and manual trapping on the facilitation of invasive cray?sh-native amphibian coexistence in a semi-arid perennial stream", Journal of Arid Environments, 98 : 109-112 (2013) .

Serieys, L. E. K., J. Foley, S. Owens, L. Woods, E. E. Boydston, L. M. Lyren, R. H. Poppenga, D. L. Clifford, N. Stephenson, J. Rudd, and S. P. D. Riley, "Serum chemistry, hematologic and post-mortem findings in free-ranging bobcats (Lynx rufus) with notoedric mange", Journal of Parasitology, 99 : 989-996 (2013) .

Bartos, M, S. Dao, D. Douk, S. Falzone, E. Gumerlock, S. Hoekstra, K. Kelly-Reif, D. Mori, C. Tang, C. Vasquez, J. Ward, S. Young, A. T. Morzillo, S. P. D. Riley, and T. Longcore, "Use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides in Single-Family Neighborhoods Along an Urban-Wildland Interface in California", Cities and the Environment (CATE), 4: Article 12 : - (2012) .

Bevins, S. N., S. Carver, E. E. Boydston, L. M. Lyren, M. Alldredge, K. A. Logan, S. P. D. Riley, R. N. Fisher, T. W. Vickers, W. Boyce, M. Salman, M. R. Lappin, K. R. Crooks, and S. VandeWoude, "Three pathogens in sympatric populations of pumas, bobcats, and domestic cats: Implications for infectious disease transmission", PLoS ONE, 7 : e31403- (2012) .

Carver, S., A. V. Scorza, S. N. Bevins, S. P. D. Riley, K. R. Crooks, S. Vandewoude, and M. R. Lappin, "Zoonotic parasites of bobcats around human landscapes", Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 50 : 3080-3083 (2012) .

Moriarty, J. G., L. Whited, J. A. Sikich, and S. P. D. Riley, "Use of intraperitoneal radio-transmitters to study mountain lion kittens", Wildlife Society Bulletin, 36 : 161-166 (2012) .

Moriarty, J. G., S. P. D. Riley, L. E. K. Serieys, J. A. Sikich, C. M. Schoonmaker, and R. H. Poppenga, "Exposure of wildlife to anticoagulant rodenticides at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: From mountain lions to rodents", Proceedings of the 25th Vertebrate Pest Conference, R. Timm(Eds.), University of California, Davis 36 : 144-148 (2012) .