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Sterrett, S. C., A. J. Kaeser, R. A. Katz, L. L. Smith, J. C. Brock, and J. C. Maerz. Spatial ecology of female Barbours’ map turtles (Graptemys barbouri) in Ichawaynochaway Creek, Georgia.  Journal of Herpetology: accepted    

Grosse, A. M., B. A. Crawford, J. C. Maerz, K. A. Buhlmann, T. Norton, M. Kaylor, and T. D. Tuberville.  Effects of vegetation structure and artificial nesting habitats on hatchling sex determinatino and nest survival of diamondback terrapins.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management: in press.

Cecala, K. K., W. H. Lowe, and J. C. Maerz. Riparian disturbance restricts in-stream movement of salamanders.  Freshwater Biology: in press.

Crawford, B. A., N. C. Poudyal, and J. C. Maerz.  When drivers and terrapins collide: assessing stakeholder attitudes toward wildlife management on the Jekyll Island Causeway.  Human Dimensions of Wildlife: in press.

Barrett, K., N.P. Nibbelink, and J.C. Maerz. 2014.  Amphibian vulnerability to climate change: identifying priority species and conservation opportunities in a biodiversity hotspot.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management: in press.

Kominoski, J. S., A. D. Rosemond, J. P. Benstead, V. Gulis, J. C. Maerz, and D. W. P. Manning.  Low-to-moderate nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations accellerate microbially dirven litter breakdown rates.  Ecological Applications: in press.    

Lee, E. and J. C. Maerz.  Writing stories in the sciences.  Journal of College Science Teaching: in press.

McEntire, K. P, T. W. Pierson, and J. C. Maerz.  Eurycea cirrigera (Southern two-lined salamander) Paedogenesis.  Herpetological Review 45:473.

DeVore, J. L. and J. C. Maerz.  2014.  Grass invasion increases top-down pressure on an amphibian via structurally mediated effects on an intraguild predator.  Ecology 97:1724-1730.

Gilbert, K. J., T. J. Fahey, J. C. Maerz, P. Bohlen, J. J. Dombroskie, P. M. Groffman, R. E. Sherman, J. B. Yavitt.  2014.  Exploring carbon flow through the root channel in a temperate forest soil food web.  Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry 76:45-52.

Mercurio, A. D., Hernandez, S. M., J. C. Maerz, M. J. Yabsley, A. E. Ellis, A. L. Coleman, L. M. Shelnutt, J. R. Fischer, and S. B. Wilde.  2014.  Experimental feeding of Hydrilla verticillata colonized by stigonematales cyanobacteria induces vacuolar myelinopathy in Painted turtles (Chrysemys picta). PLoS One: in press.

Crawford, B. A., J. C. Maerz, N. P. Nibbelink, K. A. Buhlmann, and T. M. Norton.  2014.  Estimating the impacts of multiple threats and management strategies for diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin).  Journal of Applied Ecology 51:359-366.

Crawford, B. A., J. C. Maerz, N. P. Nibbelink, K. A. Buhlmann, T. M. Norton, and S. E. Albeke.  2014.  Hot spots and hot moments of diamondback terrapin road-crossing activity.  Journal of Applied Ecology 51:367-375.


Fahey, T. J., J. B. Yavitt, R. E. Sherman, J. C. Maerz, P. M. Groffman, M. C. Fisk, and P. J. Bohlen.  2013. Earthworm effects on the incorporation of litter C and N into soil organic matter in a sugar maple forest.  Ecological Applications 23: 1185-1201.

Milanovich, J. R. and J. C. Maerz.  2013.  Realistic fasting does not affect stable isotope levels of a metabolically efficient vertebrate.  Journal of Herpetology: 47(4):544-548.


Cohen, J. S., J. C. Maerz, and B. Blossey. 2012.  Traits, not origin, explain impacts of plants on larval amphibians.  Ecological Applications 22:218-222 doi:

Milanovich, J. R. and J. C. Maerz.  2012.  Assessing the Use of Non-lethal Tail Clips for Measuring Stable Isotopes of Plethodontid Salamanders.  Herpetological Conservation Biology 7(1):67−74.

Fahey, T. J., J. B. Yavitt, R. E. Sherman, J. C. Maerz, P. M. Groffman, M. C. Fisk, and P. J. Bohlen.  2012.  Earthworms, litter and soil carbon in a northern hardwood forest.  Biogeochemistry: in press (10.1007/s10533-012-9808-y)

Bradford, M. A., M. J. Strickland, J. L. DeVore, and J. C. Maerz.  2012.  Root carbon flow from an invasive plant to belowground foodwebsPlant and Soil 359: 233-244.

Webster, J.R., E.F. Benfield, K. Cecala, J.F. Chamblee, C. Dehering, T. Gragson, J. Hepinstall, C.R. Jackson, J. Knoepp, D. Leigh, J. Maerz, C. Pringle, and H.M. Valett.  2012.  Water quality and exurbanization in southern Appalachian streams.  Pages 91-106 in P.J. Boon and P.J. Raven (editors).  River Conservation and Management.  Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.



Grosse, A. M., J. C. Maerz, J. A. Hepinstall-Cymerman, and M. E. Dorcas.  2011.  Effects of Roads and Crabbing Pressures on Diamondback Terrapin Populations in Coastal Georgia.  Journal of Wildlife Management 75:762-770.

Fahey, T. J., J. B. Yavitt, R. E. Sherman, P. M. Groffman, M. C. Fisk, and J. C. Maerz.   2011.   Transport of Carbon and Nitrogen Between Litter and Soil Organic Matter in a Northern Hardwood Forest.   Ecosystems   14(2):326-340. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9414-1.

Strickland, M.S., J. L. Devore, J. C. Maerz, and M.A. Bradford. 2011.  Loss of faster-cycling soil carbon pools following grass invasion across multiple forest sites. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 43: 452-454.

Sterrett, S. C., L. L. Smith. S. W. Golladay, S. H. Schweitzer, and J. C. Maerz. 2011.  The conservation implications of riparian land use on river turtles. Animal Conservation: 14 (1): 38-46.

Burke, J. L., J. C. Maerz, J. R. Milanovich, M. C. Fisk, K. J. K. Gandhi. 2011.  Invasion by exotic earthworms alters biodiversity and communities of litter- and soil-dwelling microarthropods.  Diversity 3:155-175.

Davis, A. K. and J. C. Maerz.  2011.  Assessing stress levels of captive-reared amphibians with hematological data: implications for conservation initiatives.  Journal of Herpetology 45:40-44.

Davis, A. K., L. Ruyle, and J. C. Maerz.  2011.  Effects of trapping method on leukocyte profiles of black-chested spiny-tailed iguanas (Ctenosaura melanosterna): implications for zoologists in the field.  Zoology 2011: Article ID 384825 doi:10.5402/2011/384825.



Milanovich, J. R., W. E. Peterman, W. E., N. P. Nibbelink, and J. C. Maerz. 2010.  Projected loss of a salamander diversity hotspot as a consequence of projected global climate change. PLoS ONE 5(8): e12189. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012189

Sterrett, S. C., L. L. Smith. S. H. Schweitzer, and J. C. Maerz. 2010.  An assessment of two methods for sampling river turtle assemblages.  Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5: 490-497.

Byers, J. E., I. Altman, A. M. Grosse, T. C. Huspeni, and J. C. Maerz. 2010.  Larval trematode that parasitizes snails predicts of abundance of elusive vertebrate host. Conservation Biology 25:85-93.

Grosse, A. M., S. C. Sterrett, and J. C. Maerz.  2010.  Effects of turbidity on the foraging success of the eastern painted turtle.  Copeia 2010:463-467.

Davis, A. K. and J. C. Maerz.  2010. Effects of exogenous corticosterone on circulating leukocytes of a salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) with unusually abundant eosinophils.  International Journal of Zoology: DOI: 10.1155/2010/735937

Maerz, J. C., J. S. Cohen and B. Blossey. 2010.  Does detritus quality predict the effect of native and non-native plants on the performance of larval amphibians? Freshwater Biology 55:1694-1704.

Ruiz, A. M., J. C. Maerz, A. K. Davis, M. K. Keel, A. R. Ferreira, M. J. Conroy, L. Morris, and A. T. Fisk.  2010.  Patterns of development and abnormalities among tadpoles in a constructed wetland receiving treated wastewater.  Environmental Science & Technology 44:4862-4868.

Keel, M. K., A. M. Ruiz, A. T. Fisk, W. Rumbeiha, A. K. Davis, and J. C. Maerz. 2010.  Soft-Tissue Mineralization of bullfrog Larvae (Rana catesbeiana) at a Wastewater Treatment Facility.  Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 22(4):655-689.

Graham, S., D. Steen, A. Durso, K. Nelson and J. C. Maerz. 2010. An overlooked hotspot? Revealing a region of exceptionally high amphibian and reptile richness.  Southeastern Naturalist 9:19-34.

Thigpen, T. F., W. J. Humphries, and J. C. Maerz. 2010.  Effectiveness of using artificial shelters to sample arboreal green salamander populations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia and North Carolina.  Herpetological Review 41:159-162.

Bradford, M. A., J. L. DeVore, J. C. Maerz, J. V. McHugh, C. L. Smith, M. S. Strickland.  2010.  Native, insect herbivore communities derive a significant proportion of their carbon from a widespread invader of forest understories.  Biological Invasions 12:721-724.

Strickland, M. S., J. S. DeVore, J. C. Maerz, and M. A. Bradford. 2010.  Grass invasion of a hardwood forest is associated with declines in belowground carbon pools.  Global Change Biology 16:1338-1350.

Davis, A.K., M.K. Keel, A. Ferreira and J.C. Maerz. 2010.  Effects of chytridiomycosis on circulating white blood cell distributions of bullfrog larvae (Rana catesbeiana). Comparative Clinical Pathology 19:49-55.



Camp, C. D., W. E. Peterman, J. R. Milanovich, T. Lamb, J. C. Maerz and D. B. Wake.  2009.  A new genus of lungless salamander (family Plethodontidae) from the Appalachian highlands of the southeastern United States.  Journal of Zoology 279:86-94.

Davis, A. K. and J. C. Maerz. 2009.  Effects of larval density on hematological stress indices in metamorphic salamanders. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 311A: 697-704.

Davis, A. K., J. L. DeVore, J. R. Milanovich, K. Cecala, J. C. Maerz, and M. Yabsley.  2009.  New findings from an old pathogen: intraerythrocytic bacteria (Family Anaplasmatacea) in red-backed salamanders Plethodon cinereusEcoHealth 6:219-228.

Carter T., R. Jackson, A. Rosemond, C. Pringle, D. Radcliffe, W. Tollner, J. C. Maerz, D. Leigh, and A. Trice. 2009.  Beyond the urban gradient: barriers and opportunities for timely studies of urbanization effects on aquatic ecosystems.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28:1038-1050.

Nowakowski, A. J. and J. C. Maerz.  2009.  Estimation of larval stream salamander densities in three proximate streams in the Georgia piedmont.   Journal of Herpetology 43:503-509.

Grosse, A. M., J. D. van Dijk, K. L. Holcomb, and J. C. Maerz. 2009. Diamondback terrapin mortality in crab pots in a Georgia tidal marsh. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 8:98-100.

Maerz, J. C., V. Nuzzo, and B. Blossey.  2009. Declines in Woodland Salamander Abundance Associated with Nonnative Plant and Earthworm InvasionsConservation Biology 23: 975-981.

Nuzzo, V., J. C. Maerz, and B. Blossey. 2009.  Earthworm invasion as the driving force behind plant invasion and community change in northeastern North American forests.  Conservation Biology 23: 966-974.

De Wan, A., P. J. Sullivan, A. J. Lembo, C. Smith, J. C. Maerz, J. P. Lassoie, and M. E. Richmond.  Using occupancy models of forest-interior birds to prioritize conservation planning.  Biological Conservation 142: 982-991.

Davis, A. K., J. DeVore, J. M. Milanovich, and J. C. Maerz. 2009.  An investigation of factors influencing erythrocyte dimensions of red-backed salamanders.  Animal Biology 51:201-209.

Fisk, A. T., K. Sash, J. Maerz, W. Palmer, J. P. Carroll, and A. M. MacNeil.  2009.  Metabolic turnover rates of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in captive juvenile snakes.  Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 23: 319-326.



Davis, A.K., D. Maney, and J.C. Maerz. 2008.  The use of leukocyte profiles to measure stress in vertebrates: a review for ecologists. Functional Ecology 22: 760-772

Davis, A. K. and J. C. Maerz.  2008.  Sex-Related differences in hematological stress indices of breeding paedomorphic mole salamanders.  Journal of Herpetology: 42:197-201.

Davis, A.K and J.C. Maerz.  2008.  Comparison of hematological stress indicators in recently captured and captive paedomorphic mole salamanders, Ambystoma talpoideum.  Copeia 2008:613-617.

Barry, D. S., T. K. Pauley, and J. C. Maerz.  2008.  Amphibian use of man-made pools in clear-cut forests.  Applied Herpetology 5:121-128.

Davis, A.K, L. L. Connell, A. Grosse and J.C. Maerz. 2008. A fast, non-invasive method of measuring growth in tadpoles using image analysis. Herpetological Review 39:56-58.



Davis, A. K., K. Keel, M. Yabsley, and J. C. Maerz.  2007.  Discovery of a novel alveolate pathogen affecting southern leopard frogs in Georgia: description of the disease and host effects. EcoHealth 4:310-317.

Davis, A.K. and J.C. Maerz. 2007.  Spot symmetry predicts body condition in spotted salamanders, Ambystoma maculatum. Applied Herpetology 4:195-205.



Brown, J. D., M. K. Keel, M. J. Yabsley, T. Thigpen, and J. C. Maerz.  2006.  Clinical challenge: Skin--multifocal histiocytic dermatitis with intralesional trombiculid mites.  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 77:571-573.

Maerz, J. C., E. M. Myers, and D. C. Adams.  2006.  Trophic polymorphism in a terrestrial salamander.  Evolutionary Ecology Research 8: 23-35.

Brown, C. J., B. Blossey, J. C. Maerz, and S. J. Joule.  2006.  Invasive plant and experimental venue affect tadpole diet and performance. Biological Invasions 8:327-338.

Migge-Kleian, S., M. A. McLean, J. C. Maerz, and L. Heneghan.  2006.  The influence of invading earthworms on indigenous fauna in ecosystems previously uninhabited by earthworms. Biological Invasions 8:1275-1285.



Maerz, J. C., C. J. Brown, C. T. Chapin, and B. Blossey. 2005.  Can secondary compounds of an invasive plant affect larval amphibians?  Functional Ecology 19:970-975.

Maerz, J. C., J. M. Karuzas, D. M. Madison, and B. Blossey.  2005.  Introduced invertebrates are important prey for a generalist predator.  Diversity and Distributions 11: 83-90.

Maerz, J. C., B. Blossey, and V. Nuzzo.  2005.  Green frogs show reduced foraging success in habitats invaded by Japanese knotweed.  Biodiversity and Conservation 14: 2901-2911.

Madison, D. M., J. C. Maerz, and A. M. Sullivan.  2005.  Decline in avoidance of predator chemical cues: habituation or biorhytm shift? Pp. 365-372. In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates X. R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster & D. Müller-Schwarze, eds., Springer, New York.

Sullivan, A. M., D. M. Madison, J. C. Maerz, and J. R. Rohr.  2005.  Nocturnal shift in the antipredator response to predator-diet cues in laboratory and field trials.  Pp. 349-356.  In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates X. R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster & D. Müller-Schwarze, eds., Springer, New York.



Karuzas, J. M., J. C. Maerz, and D. M. Madison.  2004.  An alternative hypothesis for the primary function of a proposed mate-assessment behaviour in red-backed salamandersAnimal Behaviour 68:489-494.



Maerz, J. C. and J. M. Karuzas.  2003.  Plethodon cinereus (eastern Red-backed salamander) cannibalism.  Herpetological Review 34:46-47.



Lamoureux, V. S., J. C. Maerz, and D. M. Madison.  2002.  Pre-Migratory Autumn Foraging Forays in the Green Frog, Rana clamitansJournal of Herpetology 36:245-254.

Madison, D. M., A. M. Sullivan, J. C. Maerz, J. D. McDarby, and J. R. Rohr.  2002.  A multiple-component, cross-taxon chemical release of anti-predator behavior in amphibians.  Journal of Chemical Ecology: 28:2271-2282.

Sullivan, A. M., J. C. Maerz, and D. M. Madison.  2002.  Antipredator response of salamanders to chemical cues from snakes: field and laboratory comparisons.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51:227-233.



Maerz, J. C., N. L. Panebianco, and D. M. Madison.  2001.  The effects of chemical alarm cues and behavioral biorhythms on the foraging activity of terrestrial salamanders.  Journal of Chemical Ecology 27:1333-1344.



Maerz, J. C. and D. M. Madison.  2000.  Environmental variation and territorial behavior in a terrestrial salamander.  Pp. 395-406.  In The Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders, R. C. Bruce, R. G. Jaeger, and L. D. Houck (eds.).  Plenum Publishing Corp., New York.



Madison, D. M., J. C. Maerz, and J. D. McDarby.  1999.  Optimization of predator avoidance by salamanders using chemical cues: diet and diel effects.  Ethology 105:1073-1086.

Madison, D. M., K. Wareing, J. C. Maerz, and V. S. Lamoureux.  1999.  Oviposition behavior in the red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus): implications of suspending a clutch.  Herpetological Review 30:209-210.

McDarby, J. D., D. M. Madison, and J. C. Maerz. 1999. Chemosensory avoidance of predators by the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus. Pp. 489-495. In Advances in Chemical Communication in Vertebrates, R. E. Johnston, D. Müller-Schwarze, and P. Sorensen (eds.), Plenum Press, New York.

Madison, D. M., J. C. Maerz, and J. D. McDarby.  1999.  Chemosensory avoidance of snake odors by salamanders:  Freeze and flight contingencies.  Pp. 505-516.  In Advances in Chemical Communication in Vertebrates, R. E. Johnston, D. Müller-Schwarze, and P. Sorensen (eds.), Plenum Press, New York.