Office Location: FSC 239
Phone Number: (717) 477-1170
Personal/Research Webpage: http://webspace.ship.edu/tjmare/
Eastern New Mexico University B.S. Biology/Chemistry 1982
University of Wyoming M.S. Zoology 1985
Arizona State University Ph.D. Zoology 1995
I began teaching at Shippensburg University in 1996. Prior
to that, I moved around the western United States, earning my BS, MS, and PhD
in New Mexico, Wyoming, and Arizona respectively. In between my MS and PhD
studies, I spent six years teaching junior high and high school science and
coaching track and cross country in New Mexico. Although I am interested in
anything dealing with ecology or evolution, my real fascination is with the
ecology of salamanders, turtles, and vernal ponds. I also have a strong
interest in conservation biology, as human impacts threaten the future of the
organisms and wild places that I cherish. My wife and I live on a small farm
north of Shippensburg, where I spend my much of my spare time enjoying the
natural world and restoring native habitats.
Ecology and evolution
Conservation biology of amphibians and turtles
Ecology of vernal ponds
Roles of competition and predation in regulating
Principles of Evolution
Recent Undergraduate Student Research Projects
and Stephanie Summers, 2012 - Interspecific interactions and terrestrial
ecology of adult Ambystomatid salamanders.
and Evan Smith, 2012 - Developing an in-house PCR to test for the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (with
Drs. Lehman and Bumbaugh).
James Francis, Lawrence Ashton, Annie Birdsong, Hayley Crowell, Grant Izzo, and
Justin Wissler, 2010-2011 - Survey for the presence and prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in south
and Grant Izzo, 2009 - The Effects of timber harvest on small mammals in
Michaux State Forest, Pennsylvania.
2007 - The effects of the insecticide methoprene on Jefferson salamander and wood
Student Research Projects
2009-2010 - The effects of hypoxia on interactions between an aquatic predator
(Notonecta irrorata) and its
amphibian prey (Ambystoma maculatum and
2006-2007 - The effect of increased salinity from road de-icing salts on
predatory interactions among three amphibian species.
2005-2006 - Effects of Notonecta
(Hemiptera: Notonectidae) on amphibian assemblages in vernal ponds.
2005-2006 - Hatchling ecology and nest predation in the northern diamond
terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin terrapin.
(with Dr. Lehman), 2003-2006 - Determination of population structure of three
vernal pond amphibians using molecular techniques.
Mehring, A. S.*
and T. J. Maret. 2011. Red maple dominance enhances fungal and shredder growth
and litter processing in temporary ponds. Limnology and Oceanography
Mott, C. L.*
and T. J. Maret. 2011. Species-specific Patterns of Agonistic Behavior among
Larvae of Three Syntopic Species of Ambystomatid Salamanders. Copeia 2011:9-17.
Steele, M. A.,
M. C. Brittingham, T. J. Maret, and J. F. Merritt, eds. 2010. Terrestrial
Vertebrates of Pennsylvania: A Complete Guide to Species of Conservation
Concern. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland.
Morris, K. M.*
and T. J. Maret. 2007. Effects of timber management on pond breeding
salamanders. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1034-1041.
Maret, T. J.,
J. D. Snyder, and J. P. Collins. 2006. Altered drying regime controls
distribution of endangered salamanders and introduced predators. Biological
* graduate student