David Clark Labs
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
PhD Graduate Student, Zoology
2012 – B.A., Environmental Studies & Spanish, Eckerd College
My primary research interests are in quantifying the effects of environmental change in coastal ecosystems. I attempt to frame my work in the context of broader ecological questions, but my motivations are mainly rooted in conservation and applied ecology. My current work revolves around hawksbill sea turtle nesting ecology and combines original fieldwork with analysis of historical data from a 30-year longterm dataset. In my research program I seek to describe the effects of an introduced invasive beach plant on hawksbill behavior and reproductive success, as well as evaluate the impact of climate change on population demography and nesting phenology. The end goal of aiding the conservation of critically endangered hawksbills (and all sea turtles) underpins all of this work. Additionally, I collaborate on other projects and maintain interests in animal movement modeling, spatial ecology, restoration ecology, and human dimensions.
Cove, M.V., Simons, T.R., Gardner, B., Maurer, A.S., and O’Connell, A.F. 2016. Evaluating nest supplementation as a recovery strategy for the endangered rodents of the Florida Keys. Restoration Ecology. doi:10.1111/rec.12418.
Maurer, A.S., De Neef, E., and Stapleton, S. 2015. Sargassum accumulation may spell trouble for nesting sea turtles. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13: 394-395.
Cove, M.V. and Maurer, A.S. 2015. The Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina (Linnaeus 1758) (Testudines: Chelydridae), in the Florida Keys. Reptiles & Amphibians: Conservation and Natural History 22(1): 38-39.