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* indicates an undergraduate collaborator
** indicates a graduate student collaborator


Jackson, C.R., K.K. Cecala, S.J. Wenger, J.E. Kirsch, J.R. Webster, D.S. Leigh, J.M. Sanders, J.P. Love, J.D. Knoepp, J.M. Fraterrigo, and A.D. Rosemond. In press. Distinctive connectivities of near-stream and watershed-wide land uses differentially degrade rural aquatic ecosystems. BioScience.

Cragg, S.**, K.K. Cecala, S.M. Fix, J.R. Ennen, and J.M. Davenport. In press. Role of abiotic factors and habitat heterogeneity in the interacts between stream salamanders and crayfish in the southern Appalachians. Freshwater Science.

Kirsch, D.R.*, S. Mitchell**, J.M. Davenport, K.K. Cecala, and J.R. Ennen. In press. Body size is related to temperature in Hyla chrysoscelis tadpoles. Journal of Herpetology.

Hood, N.* and K.K. Cecala. In press. Plestiodon inexpectatus. PREDATION. Herpetological Review.

Zeitler, E.F.*, E.H. Walker*, and K.K. Cecala. In press. Lithobates sphenocephalus. HATCHING SUCCESS IN WASTEWATER. Herpetological Review.


Zeitler, E.F.*, M. Kochinski*, and K.K. Cecala. 2021. Evaluating potential mechanisms for altered amphibian performance in treated wastewater. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 16:412-424.

Calhoun, W.R.* and K.K. Cecala. 2021. At the expense of the environment: Economic and regulatory factors impacting the location and management of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in North Carolina. Case Studies in the Environment 5:1428433.

Zeitler, E.F.*, K.K. Cecala, and D.A. McGrath. 2021. Carryover effects minimize the positive effects of treated wastewater on anuran development. Journal of Environmental Management 289:112571.

Ennen, J.R., K.K. Cecala, P. Gould**, R. Colvin, J. Dennison, D. Garig**, S. Hyder**, L. Recker, J.M. Davenport. 2021. Size matters: the influence of trap and mesh size on turtle captures. Wildlife Society Bulletin 45:130-137.

Ennen, J.R., B.R. Kuhajda, S. Fix**, S.C. Sweat, B. Zuber, A.V. Watts, H.T. Mattingly, and K.K. Cecala. 2021Assessing the success of conservation efforts for a North American topminnow at risk of extinction from spatially variable mosquitofish invasions. Freshwater Biology 66:458-467.


McKenzie, B.A.* and K.K. Cecala. 2020. The value of residential forests for Plethodontid salamanders on the Cumberland Plateau, U.S.A. Natural Areas Journal 40:281-286.

Cecala, K.K., E.H. Walker*, S.M. Fix, J.R. Ennen, and J.M. Davenport. 2020. Seasonal variation in the strength of interference competition among headwater vertebrates. Freshwater Biology 65:1440-1449.

Carpenter, A.*, M. Thomas, and K.K. Cecala. 2020. Declining diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) learn how to escape from crab traps. Journal of Young Investigators 38:1-7.

Thompson, S.*, E.H. Walker*, and K.K. Cecala. 2020. Behavioral reactions of naturalized ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) to native owl vocalizations. The American Midland Naturalist 184:274-279.


Bissell, K.E.*, and K.K. Cecala. 2019. Increases in temperature lead to higher rates of aggression in Appalachian stream salamanders. Freshwater Science 38:834-841.

Zeitler, E.*, K.K. Cecala, and D.A. McGrath. 2019. Tertiary wastewater treatment wetlands provide suitable habitat for amphibians. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 33:475-488.


Hoffacker, M.L.*, K.K. Cecala, J.R. Ennen, S. Mitchell, and J.M. Davenport. 2018. Interspecific interactions are conditional on temperature in an Appalachian stream salamander community. Oecologia 188:623-631.

Hoffacker, M.L*, and K.K. Cecala. 2018. Evaluating the potential for bias in common amphibian protocols. Herpetological Review 49:446-449.

Cecala, K.K., J.C. Maerz, J. Chamblee, C.A. Dehring, J. F. Frisch, T.L. Gragson, J.A. Hepinstall-Cymerman, D.S. Leigh, C.R. Jackson, and J.T. Peterson. 2018. Assessment of multiple drivers, scales, and interactions influencing southern Appalachian stream salamander occupancy. Ecosphere 9:e02150.

Drukker, S.S.*, K.K. Cecala, P.R. Gould*, B.A. McKenzie*, and C. Van de Ven. 2018. The ecology and natural history of the Cumberland Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus abditus): Distribution and demographics. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13:33-46.

Sadler, B.E.* and K.K. Cecala. 2018. Distributions of crevice-dwelling salamanders on the southern Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. Journal of Tennessee Herpetology 1:11-19.


Evans, J., K.K. Cecala, B.R. Scheffers, C.A. Oldfield*, N.A. Hollingshead, D.G. Haskell, and B.A. McKenzie*. 2017. Widespread degradation of a vernal pool complex in the southeastern United States: Challenges to current and future management. Wetlands 37:1093-1103.

Liles, L.*, K.K. Cecala, J. Ennen, and J. Davenport. 2017. Elevated temperatures change competitive outcomes in stream salamanders. Animal Conservation 20:502-510.

Gould, P.*, K.K. Cecala, S.S. Drukker*, B.A. McKenzie*, and C. Van de Ven. 2017. Biogeographical factors affecting the distribution of stream salamanders on the Cumberland Plateau, USA. Science of the Total Environment 599-600:1622-1629.

Mitchell, S.M., J.R. Ennen, K.K. Cecala, and J.M. Davenport. 2017. Ex-situ PIT tag retention study in two Desmognathus species. Herpetological Review 48:313-316.

Bliss, M.M.* and K.K. Cecala. 2017. Terrestrial salamanders alter antipredator behavior thresholds following tail autotomy. Herpetologica 73:94-99.

Cecala, K.K., W. Noggle*, and S. Burns*. 2017. Salamanders use light cues to avoid high temperatures. Journal of Herpetology 51:263-269.

Liford, A.*, and K.K. Cecala. 2017. Prioritization of light cues over predator cues by larval salamanders. Canadian Journal of Zoology 95:75-79.

Cecala, K.K., J. Davenport, J. Ennen, & W. Fields. 2017. Amphibians and Reptiles. In Hauer, F.R. and G.A. Lamberti (eds) Methods in Stream Ecology 3rd Edition.


Kirchberg, J.*, K.K. Cecala, S.J. Price, E.M. White, and D. Haskell. 2016. The effects of small impoundments on stream quality and salamanders on the Cumberland Plateau. Aquatic Conservation: Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems 26:1197-1206.

Gandhi, J.S.*, and K.K. Cecala. 2016. Interactive effects of temperature and glyphosate on the behavior of Blue Ridge two-lined salamanders, Eurycea wilderae. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 35:2297-2303.

McKee, R.*, K.K. Cecala, and M.E. Dorcas. 2016. Behavioural interactions of diamondback terrapins with crab pots demonstrate that bycatch reduction devices reduce entrapment. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Environments 26:1081-1089.

Evans, J.P., C.A. Oldfield*, K.K. Cecala, J.K. Hiers, C. Van De Ven, and M.M. Armistead*. 2016. Spatial assessment of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on a forest community. Forests 7:101.

Strickland, J.C.*, A.P. Pinhiero*, K.K. Cecala, and M.E. Dorcas. 2016. Physiological constraints to respond to climate change: Insights from the effects of temperature on standard metabolic rate in larval salamanders. Journal of Herpetology 50:239-244.

Frisch, J.R., J.T. Peterson, K.K. Cecala, J.C. Maerz, C.R. Jackson, T.L. Gragson, and C.M. Pringle. 2016. Patch occupancy of stream fauna across a land cover gradient in the southern Appalachians, USA. Hydrobiologia 773:163-175.

Cecala, K.K. and J.C. Maerz. 2016. Effects of landscape disturbance on fine-scale phototaxic behaviors by larval stream salamanders. Canadian Journal of Zoology 94:7-13.


Bliss, M.* & K.K. Cecala. 2015. Do Appalachian stream salamanders from disturbed habitat behave differently? Herpetological Conservation and Biology 10:811-818.

Wyderko, J., E.F. Benfield, J.C. Maerz, K.K. Cecala, and L.K. Belden. 2015. Variable infection of stream salamanders in the southern Appalachians by the trematode Metagonimoides oregonensis (Family: Heterophyidae). Parasitology Research 114:3159-3165.

Maerz, J.C., K. Barrett, K.K. Cecala, and J.L. DeVore. 2015. Monitoring and conservation planning for rare and cryptic species: a case study of an enigmatic salamander decline. Southeastern Naturalist 14:771-784.

Cecala, K.K., S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2015. Stream salamanders accurately assess size-dependent predation threats. Herpetologica 71:184-189.

Liles, L.* and K.K. Cecala. 2015. Notophthalmus viridescens. Size at Metamorphosis. Herpetological Review 46:609-610.

Bliss, M.*, A. Smith*, and K.K. Cecala. 2015. Notophthalmus viridescens. Diet. Herpetological Review 46:609.


Cecala, K.K., W.H. Lowe, and J.C. Maerz. 2014. Riparian disturbance restricts in-stream movement of stream salamanders. Freshwater Biology 59:2354-2364.

Currinder, B.*, K.K. Cecala, R.M. Northington, and M.E. Dorcas. 2014. Response of stream salamanders to experimental drought in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 29:579-587.


Cecala, K.K., S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2013. Modeling the effects of life-history traits on estimation of population parameters for a cryptic stream species. Freshwater Science 32:116-125.


Webster, J., E.F. Benfield, K.K. Cecala, J.F. Chamblee, C. Dehring, T. Gragson, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, C.R. Jackson, J. Knoepp, D.S. Leigh, J.C. Maerz, & H.M. Valett. 2012. Water quality and exurbanization in southern Appalachian streams. In: Boon, P.J. and P.J. Raven (eds). River Conservation and Management. John Wiley and Sons Ltd.


Price, S.J., E.A. Eskew, K.K. Cecala, R.A. Browne, and M.E. Dorcas. 2011. Estimating survival of a streamside salamander: Importance of temporary emigration, capture response, and location. Hydrobiologia 679:205-215.

Price, S.J., K.K. Cecala, R.A. Browne, and M.E. Dorcas. 2011. Effects of urbanization on stream salamander occupancy. Conservation Biology 27:547-555.


Davis, A.K. and K.K. Cecala. 2010. Intraerythrocytic rickettsial inclusions in Ocoee salamanders (Desmognathus ocoee): prevalence, morphology, and comparisons with inclusions of Plethodon cinereus. Parasitology Research 107:363-367.

Cecala, K.K., S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2010. Ecology of juvenile northern watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon) inhabiting low-order streams. Amphibia-Reptilia 31:169-174.


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

Cecala, K.K, S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2009. Factors affecting stream salamander movement: A re-examination of stream movement hypotheses. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87:292-298.


Cecala, K.K., J.W. Gibbons, and M.E. Dorcas. 2008. Ecological effects of major injuries in diamondback terrapins: Implications for conservation and management. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 19:421-427.

Westfall, C., K.K. Cecala, S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2008. The ecology of mite parasitism in salamanders of the Western Piedmont of North Carolina. Journal of Parasitology 94:631-634.

Cecala, K.K., S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2008. Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber). Polymelia. Herpetological Review 38:434.


Cecala, K.K., S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2007. The diet of larval red salamanders (Pseudotriton ruber) examined using a non-lethal technique. Journal of Herpetology 41:741-745.

Cecala, K.K., S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2007. A comparison of MS-222 (Tricaine Methane Sulfonate) and Orajel® as amphibian anesthesia. Herpetological Review 38:63-66.