BRIAN ALAN MAURER
Address: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: (517) 353-9478
Fax: (517) 432-1699
Major: Wildlife Management
Thesis Topic: Avian foraging and habitat structure.
Thesis Topic: Repeated measures in bioassay.
Major: Wildlife Ecology
Minor: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation Topic: Environmental heterogeneity and avian community structure.
Graduate Research Assistant, 1978 - 1980
Division of Forestry
Graduate Assistant, 1980
Department of Statistics
Statistical Programming Consultant, 1981 - 1983
Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Associate, 1984 - 1986
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Assistant Professor, 1986 - 1992
Associate Professor, 1992 - 1999
Department of Zoology
Visiting Scientist, 1988
Research Associate in Community Ecology, 1994-1995
Distinguished Researcher in Residence, 1997
Associate Professor, 1999 - present
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Department of Geography
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Population and community ecology of vertebrates
Conservation biology and wildlife management
Macroecology and macroevolution
Ecological and evolutionary theory
Statistical ecology and biometry
Nonlinear dynamics and fractals in ecological systems
Ecological Society of
Society for Conservation Biology
Contributing editor, Studies in Avian Biology 13, 1993.
Editorial Advisory Board, Biodiversity Letters, 1992-1997.
Editorial Advisory Board, Diversity and Distributions, 1997-1998
Board of Editors, Ecology and Ecological Monographs, 1995-1997.
Editorial Advisory Board, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 1999 - 2002
Board of Editors, Ecological Applications, 2000 - present
Editorial Board, Evolutionary Ecology Research, 2001 - present
Editorial Board, Ecology Letters, 2001 – present
Editor, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2002 - present
Environmental Protection Agency, R81-8358-010, 1991-1993, $189,203.
National Science Foundation, DEB - 9424615, 1995-1997, $120,000; REU supplement, 1996, $4,800; REU supplement, 1997, $5,000.
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 1998-1999, Working group on Analyzing the Demographic Structure of Geographic Ranges, $11,140.
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance, STAR grant # G9A10014, 1999-2000, $133,622.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan GAP modeling, 2000-2003, $240,000
Maurer, B.A. and R.C. Whitmore. 1981. Foraging of five bird species in two forests with different vegetation structure. Wilson Bull. 93: 478-490.
Maurer, B.A. 1982. Statistical inference for MacArthur-Levins niche overlap. Ecology 63: 1712-1719.
Maurer, B.A. 1983. Overlap and competition in avian guilds. Amer. Nat. 121: 903-907.
Maurer, B.A. 1984. Interference and exploitation in bird communities. Wilson Bull. 96: 380-395.
Maurer, B.A. 1985. Avian community dynamics in desert grasslands: observational scale and hierarchical structure. Ecol. Monogr. 55: 295-312.
Maurer, B.A. 1985. On the ecological and evolutionary roles of competition. Oikos 45: 300-302.
Maurer, B.A. 1986. Predicting habitat quality for grassland birds using density-habitat correlations. J. Wildl. Manage. 50: 556-566.
Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer. 1986. Body size, ecological dominance, and Cope's rule. Nature 324: 248-250.
Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer. 1987. Evolution of species assemblages: effects of energetic constraints and species dynamics on the diversification of the North American avifauna. Amer. Nat. 130: 1-17.
Maurer, B.A. 1987. Scaling of biological community structure: a systems approach to community complexity. J. Theor. Biol. 127: 97-110.
Maurer, B.A. and J.H. Brown. 1988. Distribution of energy use and biomass among species of North American terrestrial birds. Ecology 69: 1923-1932.
Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer. 1989. Macroecology: the division of food and space among species on continents. Science 243: 1145-1150.
Maurer, B.A. 1989. Diversity dependent species dynamics: incorporating the effects of population level processes on species dynamics. Paleobiology 15:133-146.
Maurer, B.A., E.A. Webb, and R.K. Bowers. 1989.
Nest characteristics and nestling development of Cassin's
and Botteri's Sparrows in southeastern
Maurer, B.A. and J.H. Brown. 1989. Distributional consequences of spatial variation in local demographic processes. Annales Zoologici Fennici 26:121-131.
Brooks, D.R., J.D. Collier, B.A. Maurer, J.D.H. Smith, and E.O. Wiley. 1989. Entropy and information in evolving biological systems. Biology and Philosophy 4:407-432.
Maurer, B.A. 1990. Dipodomys populations as energy processing systems: regulation, competition, and hierarchical organization. Ecol. Modelling 50:157-176.
Maurer, B.A. 1990. Extensions of optimal foraging theory for insectivorous birds: implications for community structure. Stud. Avian Biol. 13:455-461.
Raphael, M.G. and B.A. Maurer. 1990. Biological considerations for study design. Stud. Avian Biol. 13:123-125.
Maurer, B.A. 1990. The relationship between distribution and abundance in a patchy environment. Oikos 58: 181-189.
Demetropolous, C.L., L.F. Braithwaite, B.A. Maurer, and D. Whiting. 1990. Foraging and dietary strategies of two sublittoral cottids, Jordania zonope and Artedius harringtoni. J. Fish Biology 37: 19-32.
Maurer, B.A. 1991. Concluding remarks: birds, body size, and evolution. Acta XX Cong. Int. Ornith. 2:835-837.
Maurer, B.A., H.A. Ford, and E.H. Rapoport. 1991. Extinction rate, body size, and avifaunal diversity. Acta XX Cong. Int. Ornith. 2:826-834.
Maurer, B.A. 1991. Ecological aspects of macroevolution. Advances in Ecology 1:29-39.
Parrish, J.R. and B.A. Maurer. 1991. Injury to a Merlin (Falco columbarius) from discarded fishing tackle. J. Raptor Research 25:136-139.
Maurer, B.A., J.H. Brown, and R.D. Rusler. 1992. The micro and macro in body size evolution. Evolution 46:939-953.
Sites, J.W., Jr., S.K. Davis, D.W. Hutchinson, B.A. Maurer, and G. Lara. 1993. Parapatric hybridization between chromosomal races of the Sceloporus grammicus complex (Phrynosomatidae). II. Structure of the Tulancingo transect. Copeia 1993:341-366.
Wright, D.H., D.J. Currie, and B.A. Maurer. 1993.
Energy supply and patterns of species richness on local and regional
scales. Pp. 66-74 in Ricklefs,
R., and D. Schluter, eds. Species diversity in ecological communities.
Maurer, B.A. and S.G. Heywood. 1993.
Geographic range fragmentation and abundance in neotropical migratory birds. Conservation
Biology 7:501-509. Reprinted in D. Ehrenfeld, ed. 1995. The
landscape perspective, pages 158-166.
B.A. 1993. Biological diversity, ecological integrity,
migrants. Pp. 24-31 in Finch, D.M. and
P. Stengel, eds. Status
and management of neotropical
B.A. 1994. Geographical population
analysis: tools for the analysis of biodiversity. Blackwell Scientific,
Maurer, B.A. and M.-A. Villard. 1994. Geographic variation in abundance of North American birds. Research & Exploration 10:306-317.
Villard, M.-A., G. Merriam, and B.A. Maurer. 1995. Dynamics in spatially-divided populations of neotropical migratory birds in fragmented temperate forests. Ecology 76:27-40.
Conroy, J.J., Y. Cohen, F.C. James, Y.G. Matsinos, and B.A. Maurer. 1995. Parameter estimation, reliability, and model improvement for spatially-explicit population models. Ecological Applications 5:17-19.
Maurer, B.A., and M.-A. Villard. 1996. Continental scale ecology and neotropical migratory birds: how to detect declines amid the noise. Ecology 77:1-2.
Villard, M.-A., and B.A. Maurer. 1996. Geostatistics as a tool for examining hypothesized declines in migratory songbirds. Ecology 77:59-68.
Maurer, B.A., and R.D. Holt. 1996. Effects of chronic pesticide stress on wildlife populations in complex landscapes: processes at multiple scales. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 15:420-426.
Curnutt, J.L., S.L. Pimm, and B.A. Maurer. 1996. Population variability of sparrows in space and time. Oikos 76:131-144.
Maurer, B.A. 1996. Relating human population growth to the loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity Letters 3:1-5.
B.A. 1996. Energetics of avian
foraging. Pp. 250-279
in Carey, C. Avian Energetics
and Nutritional Ecology,
Maurer, B.A. 1998. Ecological science and statistical paradigms: at the threshold. Science 279: 502-503.
M.-A., E.V. Schmidt, and B.A. Maurer. 1998.
Contribution of spatial modeling to avian conservation. Pages 49-64 in Marzluff,
J.M., and R. Sallabanks, eds. Avian
conservation: research and management.
Maurer, B.A., and M.P. Nott. 1998.
Geographic range fragmentation and the evolution of biological
diversity. Pages 31-50 in
Maurer, B.A. 1998. Evolution of body size in birds, I: evidence for directionality. Evolutionary Ecology 12: 925-934.
Maurer, B.A. 1998. Evolution of body size in birds, II: the role of reproductive power. Evolutionary Ecology 12: 935-944.
B.A. 1999. Untangling
Ecological Complexity: the Macroscopic Perspective.
Maurer, B.A. 2000. Macroecology and consilience. Global Ecology and Biogeography 9:275-280.
Donovan, T.M., K.E. Freemark, B.A.
Maurer, L.J. Petit, S.K. Robinson, and V.A. Saab. 2000.
Setting local and regional objectives for persistence of bird
populations. Pages 53-59 in Bonney, R., D.N. Pashley, R.J.
Cooper, and L. Niles, eds. Strategies
for Bird Conservation: the Partners in Flight Planning Process. Proceedings RMRS-P-6,
Linder, E. T., M.-A. Villard, B. A. Maurer, and E. V. Schmidt. 2000. Geographic range structure in North American landbrids: variation with migratory strategy, trophic level, and breeding habitat. Ecography 23:678-686.
E.A., and B.A. Maurer.
2001. Spatial and temporal
patterns of species diversity in montane mammal
communities of western
Maurer, B.A., E.T. Linder, and D.E. Gammon. 2001.
A geographical perspective on the biotic homogenization process:
implications from the macroecology of North American
birds. Pages 157-177 in Lockwood, J.L, and M.L. McKinney, eds. Biotic Homogenization,
Barnosky, A.D., E.A. Hadly,
B.A. Maurer, and M. Christie. 2001. Temperate terrestrial vertebrate faunas in
Gammon, D.E., and B.A. Maurer. 2002. Evidence for non-uniform dispersal in the biological invasions of two naturalized North American bird species. Global Ecology and Biogeography 11:155-162.
Maurer, B.A., and M.L. Taper. 2002. Connecting geographical distributions with population processes. Ecology Letters 5:223-231.
B.A. 2002. Predicting distribution and abundance:
thinking within and between scales.
Pages 125-132 in Scott, J.M., P.J. Heglund, M.
Morrison, M. Raphael, J. Haufler, and B. Wall, eds. Predicting Species
Occurrences: Issues of Scale and Accuracy. Island Press, Covena,
Kahl, K.J., and B.A.
B.A. 2003. Adaptive diversification of body size: the
roles of physical constraint, energetics and natural
selection. Pages 174-191 in
Ernest, S.K.M., B.J. Enquist, J.H. Brown, E.L. Charnov, J.F. Gillooly, V.M. Savage, E.P. White, F.A. Smith, E.A. Hadly, J.P. Haskell, S.K. Lyons, B.A. Maurer, K.J. Niklas, and B. Tiffney. 2003. Thermodynamic and metabolic effects on the scaling of production and population energy use. Ecology Letters 6:990-995.
Marquet, P.A., F.A. Labra, and B.A. Maurer. 2004. Metabolic ecology: linking individuals to ecosystems. Ecology, in press.
B.A. 2004. Models of scientific inquiry and statistical
practice: implications for the structure of scientific knowledge. In Taper, M.L., and
B.A. 2004. Scientific inquiry and statistical practice
in a complex world: a response to Bandyopadhyay and
Wilson. In Taper, M.L., and
Riley, S.J., G.M. Nesslage, and B.A.
Maurer. 2004. Dynamics of early wolf and cougar eradication
Maurer, B.A. 1987. Hierarchies in ecology and evolution (review of Salthe, Evolving hierarchical systems; and O'Neill et al., A hierarchical concept of ecosystems). Trends in Ecol. Evol. 2: 26-27.
B. A. 1987. Review of Peters, Ecological implications of body size.
Maurer, B. A. 1990. Complexities of ecology (review of Wiens, The ecology of bird communities, Vols. 1 & 2). Science 249:1449-1450.
B.A. 1996. Review of
Maurer, B.A. 1996. Review of Rosenzweig, Species diversity in space and time. Ecology 77:1314-1315.
Maurer, B.A. 1996. Review of Price et al., The summer atlas of North American birds. Auk 133:978.
Maurer, B.A. 1997. A plethora of conservation biology texts. Condor 99:845-847.
Maurer, B.A. 1998. Review
Maurer, B.A. 1998. Review of Hilborn and Mangel, The ecological detective: confronting models with data. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 60:612-613.
B.A. 2000. Lizards in the stream (review of Roughgarden, Anolis lizards of the
Maurer, B.A. 2003. Is biodiversity important in ecosystems? (review of Kinzig et al., The functional consequences of biodiversity). Ecology 84:1074-1075.
Maurer, B.A. 2003. Ecology and evolution at large scales. (review of Price, Macroevolutionary theory on macroecological patterns). Ecology 84:3405-3406.
Maurer, B.A. and R.C. Whitmore. 1980. Foraging changes by canopy-feeding birds in a clearcut forest. West Virginia For. Notes 8: 7-12.
Maurer, B.A., L.B. McArthur and R.C. Whitmore. 1981.
Habitat associations of birds breeding in clearcut
deciduous forests in
Maurer, B.A., L.B. McArthur and R.C. Whitmore. 1981.
Effects of logging on guild structure of a forest bird community in
B.A. 1983. Sensitivity analysis of a simulation model of
bird-insect interactions in a deciduous forest ecosystem. Pp. 227-237 in Lauenroth, W.K., G.V. Skogerboe,
and M. Flug.
Analysis of ecological
systems: State-of-the-art in ecological modelling.
L.K. and B.A. Maurer.
1985. Characteristics of
harvested collared peccaries in relation to rainfall patterns in southeastern
Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer. 1987. Body size, energy use, and ecological dominance (reply). Nature 328: 118.
Maurer, B.A. and T.Y. Williams. 1991.
An analysis of potential sensitive plant species for long-term
B.A. 1993. Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) in Olympic National Park - a
reveiw of Park Service documents and Lyman's
hypothesis. Report to Olympic National
Maurer, B.A., and P. Marquet. 1997.
James H. Brown, President 1996-1997.
Bulletin of the Ecological Society
Maurer, B.A. 2000. Ecology needs theory as well as practice. Nature 408: 768.
Maurer, B.A. 2001. Macroecology. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Macmillan Publishing, http://www.els.net.
Maurer, B.A. 2002. Big thinking. Nature 415:489-491.
Maurer, B.A. 2002. Biogeography. In Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 9th edition. McGraw-Hill, in press.
B.A. 2002. Biogeography. In Biology
for Students, Macmillan Reference,
INVITED PAPERS GIVEN AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer. 1984. Statistical analysis of community organization. Symposium on detecting and understanding macroscopic patterns in complex ecological systems. Ecological Society of America, Fort Collins, CO.
B.A. 1985. Observational scale and community
perspectives. Symposium on problems of
scale in ecology: hierarchy theory
applied. Ecological Society
B.A. 1986. Scaling of biological community
structure: a systems approach to
community complexity. Symposium on avian
community ecology: the importance of
scale. Cooper Ornithological Society,
B.A. 1987. Macroecology: evolutionary ecology of large scale
ecological systems. Young Investigators Prize
Society of Naturalists,
B.A. 1988. Biological and statistical factors affecting
estimates of foraging behavior. Symposium on food exploitation in terrestrial birds. Cooper
Maurer, B.A. 1989. Empirical estimation of interaction coefficients in systems of linear equations describing biological communities. NSF workshop on natural resource modeling. Glacier Institute, West Glacier, MT.
B.A. 1989. Ecology, historical constraint, and the
evolution of species assemblages. Symposium on progress towards a unified theory of evolution,
Maurer, B.A. and J.H. Brown. 1990.
Historical and ecological regulation of diversity in continental bird
and mammal assemblages. Symposium on historical and geographical determinants of community
B.A. 1990. Victims of scale: studying complex biological
communities from limited perspectives. Symposium on non-equilibrium macrosystems
B.A. 1991. Biological diversity and statistical models
of biogeographic processes. DOE workshop on theoretical ecology: progress
B.A. 1991. Conservation at continental
and global scales: Why don't we know more? Symposium on the role of
scientists in the conservation effort.
Maurer, B.A. and N. Pack. 1992.
Victims of scale: evolution of
information in nonlinear dynamical systems.
Symposium on thermodynamics and scale in evolving
B.A. 1992. Biological diversity, ecological integrity,
migrants: new perspectives for wildlife
management. National training workshop
on status and management of neotropical
B.A. 1992. Responses of birds to global change. Workshop on managing arid
and semi-arid lands in the face
of global change.
B.A. 1993. Energetics of avian
foraging. Symposium on
avian energetics and nutritional ecology. American Ornithologists'
B.A. 1993. Geographical responses of birds to global
change. Symposium on
global change and birds. American Ornithologists'
M.-A, and B.A. Maurer.
1993. Analyzing the spatial and
temporal variation in population trends of neotropical migrant birds. Symposium on linking local, regional, and
continental population trends in neotropical
migrant birds. Ecological
Maurer, B.A. and M.-A. Villard. 1993.
Properties of geographic ranges of neotropical
migrant birds and the likelihood of extinction.
Symposium on linking local, regional, and continental population trends
in neotropical migrant
B.A. 1994. Relating patterns of geographic range
structure in birds to ecological and demographic processes. Workshop on analyzing population data: what's new and what's needed. 1994 North American
B.A. 1994. Why are some species more common than
others? The importance
of geographic range structure for the evolution of biological diversity. Symposium on dynamics of biodiversity: relating metapopulations
to the history of life. Ecological Society of
B.A. 1996. Can we conserve biological diversity without
strategic information? Cooper
B.A. 1997. Body size and geographic range size of birds:
some ecological and evolutionary consequences.
Western Society of Naturalists,
B.A. 1999. Spatial statistics and the border of
geographic ranges: the brave new world. Ecological Society of
Maurer, B.A. 1999. Predicting distribution and abundance: thinking within and among spatial scales. Symposium on predicting species occurrences: issues of scale and accuracy. Snowbird, UT.
B.A. 2000. Measurement error in ecology: problems and
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE
Workshop on teaching modeling methods in biological resource management, funded
NSF Workshop on quantitative sciences
curriculum for life sciences students.
Workshop on teaching evolution to undergraduates, American
Society of Naturalists and Society for the Study of Evolution.
Workshop on theoretical ecology: progress and prospects.
Forest Service Workshop on conservation biology of the California Spotted
National Training Workshop on status and management of neotropical migratory birds.
Forest Service/National Center for Atmospheric Research Workshop on managing
arid and semi-arid lands in the face of global change.
American Research Workshop on the ecology and management of cowbirds.
in Flight Workshop: building consensus for action.
Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics of Species’ Borders.
Sampling Curves in Ecology and Evolution.
Analyzing the Demographic Structure of Geographic Ranges.
The Evidence Project - Supporting Scientific Claims.
Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of Scale and Accuracy. Snowbird, UT, 1999.
Body Size in Ecology and Paleoecology.
Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution, University of Arizona, 1984-1985
Natural History of Wildlife, Brigham Young University, 1986-1988
Evolutionary Science, Brigham Young University, 1988-1999
Ornithology, Brigham Young University, 1992-1999
Ecological Data Analysis, Brigham Young University, 1994-1999
Introductory Biology, Brigham Young University, 1997-1999
Biogeography, Michigan State University, 2001-present
CONTRIBUTED PAPERS GIVEN AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
1979-1985 13 papers 1991-1995 11 papers 2001-present 1 paper
1986-1990 10 papers 1996-2000 9 papers
Student Awards Committee, Cooper Ornithological Society, 1989.
Ad hoc reviews of proposals for NSF, 1986-present.
Review of manuscripts for Ecology, J. Wildl. Manage., Evolution, Amer. Nat., Auk, Condor, Wilson Bull., Oikos, Wildl. Monogr., Ecol. Monogr., Trends Ecol. Evol., Wildl. Soc. Bull., J. Field Ornithology, Ornis Scandinavica, Biol. Conservation, Western J. Appl. Forestry, Ecol. Appl., Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Science, Nature, Functional Ecology
Panel member (ecological specialist), AIDS and Related Research, AIDS -like viruses in natural rodent populations, NIH, 1989.
Program Review, DOE Theoretical Ecology Program, 1991.
Technical Assistance and Review Panel, BLM and
Research Working Group, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Program, 1991-present.
Conservation biologist review group, California Spotted Owl, USDA Forest Service, 1991.
Review of Park Service policies on mountain goats in Olympic National Park, 1993.
Ecological consultant for Rocky Mountain Arsenal, 1994-1995.
NSF Graduate Research Training Grants Panel, 1995-1996.
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics, 1998-2000.