Kristen Cecala, Assistant Professor of Biology, Co-Director Island Ecology Program
I study aspects of the basic and applied ecology of aquatic organisms. I am specifically interested in how environmental change alters the ecology and distribution of amphibians and reptiles through behavioral mechanisms. I use a combination of observational, experimental, and modeling approaches to develop information that can guide the management and conservation of aquatic ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them in the southern highlands including the Appalachian Mountains and Cumberland Plateau.
Primary Organization: The University of the South-Sewanee
CWT Publications and Presentations: (custom bibliography)
Cecala, K. K., J. C. Maerz, B. J. Halstead, J. R. Frisch, T. L. Gragson, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, D. S. Leigh, C. R. Jackson, J. T. Peterson, and C. M. Pringle. 2018. Multiple drivers, scales, and interactions influence southern Appalachian stream salamander occupancy. Ecosphere 9(3):e02150. 10.1002/ecs2.2150
Frisch, John R., Peterson, James T., Cecala, Kristen K., Maerz, John C., Jackson, C. Rhett, Gragson, Ted L., and Pringle, Catherine M. 2016. Patch occupancy of stream fauna across a land cover gradient in the southern Appalachians, USA. Hydrobiologia. 773:163-175. doi:10.1007/s10750-016-2695-9.
Wyderko, Jennie A., Benfield, Ernest F., Maerz, John C., Cecala, Kristen K., Belden, Lisa K. (2015) Variable infection of stream salamanders in the southern Appalachians by the trematode Metagonimoides oregonensis (family: Heterophyidae). Parasitol Research, 114:3159-3165. DOI 10.1007/s00436-015-4550-8
Bryan Currinder, Kristen K. Cecala, Robert M. Northington & Michael E. Dorcas (2014) Response of stream salamanders to experimental drought in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 29:4, 579-587, DOI: 10.1080/02705060.2014.938135
Davis, Andrew K., Cecala, K. (2010) Intraerythrocytic rickettsial inclusions in Ocoee salamanders (Desmognathus ocoee): prevalence, morphology, and comparisons with inclusions of Plethodon cinereus. Parasitol Research, 107:363-367. DOI 10.1007/s00436-010-1869-z
Books and Book Sections
Webster, J.R., Benfield, E.F., Cecala, K.K., Chamblee, J.F., Dehring, C.A., Gragson, T.L., Cymerman, J.H., Jackson, C.R., Knoepp, J.D., Leigh, D.S., Maerz, J.C., Pringle, C., Valett, H.M., 2012. Water Quality and Exurbanization in Southern Appalachian Streams. In River Conservation and Management (Chapter on Catchment Conservation, Ecosystem Integrity and Threats to River Systems). P.J. Boon and P.J. Raven, eds. Published 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., p. 91-107