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Faculty and Staff

William Maple Professor of Biology; Director, Ecology Field Station

Office: Reem-Kayden Center 216
Phone: 845-752-2334
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Ph.D. Vertebrate ecology (1974), Kent State University
M.A. Vertebrate ecology (1968), Kent State University
B.A. Zoology (1964), Miami University


Organismal Biology, Botany, Population and Community Ecology, Vertebrate Zoology, Comparative Anatomy, Parasitology


I study the ways organisms interact with each other. My students and I have investigated animal behavior in salamanders, community structure of lichens, ecology of tick-transmitted diseases, allelochemicals of plants, and the decline of amphibian populations. I have been studying the community structure and dynamics of lowland heaths on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and, in particular, the endangered and invasive species found there.

I am also involved in conservation efforts through my work with Hudsonia, Ltd., a Bard-based environmental research organization, the Winnakee Land Trust, which promotes land conservation issues, and the Maria Mitchell Association, dedicated to scientific research and education on Nantucket island, MA.

I have eclectic interests in almost anything biological, and am endlessly curious about all "creepie-crawlies". I am motivated by an interest in biodiversity and challenges to it, and a fascination with adaptation and acclimatization. But mostly, I do what I do because it's fun.

Selected Publications

Orr, Lowell P. and William T. Maple. 1978. Competition avoidance mechanisms in salamander larvae of the genus Desmognathus. Copeia. 1978(4): 679-685.

  • Segarnick, D. J., L. J. Traficante, W. T. Maple and J. B. Ferguson. 1979. Effects of chronic lithium administration on concanavalin A binding to plasma membranes from the corpus striatum of rat brain. Experientia 35: 655-656.
  • Schauber, Eric M., Shira J. Gertz, William T. Maple and Richard S. Ostfeld. 1998. Coinfection of Blacklegged Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) in Dutchess County, New York, with the Agents of Lyme Disease and Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis. J. Med. Entomol. 35(5): 901-903.