Faculty and Research


Samuel J. McNaughton (Emeritus)

William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Biology

Past Research Interests

Ecosystem and plant ecology; grassland ecosystems; ecology of large mammalian herbivores; conservation biology; research since 1974 in the Serengeti National Park.


Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 1964

Postdoctoral Work

Stanford University, 1965-1966

Employment History

• Syracuse University, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Science, 1992-Present
• Syracuse University, Assistant and Associate Professor, 1966-1992
• Portland State College, Assistant Professor, 1964-1965

Courses Taught

BIO 415/615: Conservation Biology

Research Support

National Science Foundation (NSF): Experimental analysis of ecosystem mechanisms engendering ungulate spatial concentration (2001-2004)

Selected Publications

Anderson, T.M. , M.E. Ritchie, and S.J. McNaughton. 2007. Rainfall and soils modify plant community response to grazing in Serengeti National Park. Ecology 88(5) 1191-1201. PDF

McNaughton, S. J. 2001. Herbivory and trophic interactions. In, J. Roy, B. Saugier, and H. A. Mooney, eds. Terrestrial Global Productivity: Past, Present, Future. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 101-122.

Augustine, D. J., and S. J. McNaughton. 1998. Invited paper: Ungulate effects on functional species composition of plant communities: herbivore selectivity and plant tolerance. J. Wildlife Manage 62: 1164-1182.

Hamilton, E. W. III, M. S. Giovannini, S. J. Moses, J. S. Coleman, and S. J. McNaughton. 1998. Biomass and mineral element responses of a Serengeti short grass species to nitrogen supply and defoliation: compensation requires a critical [N]. Oecologia 116: 407-418. PDF

McNaughton, S. J., F. F. Banyikwa, and M. M. McNaughton. 1997. Promotion of the cycling of diet-enhancing nutrients by African grazers. Science 278: 1798- 1800.

Extended Publications List