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