PhD Graduate Student, Zoology
2012 – B.A., Environmental Studies & Spanish, Eckerd College
I am interested in quantifying the effects of environmental change in coastal and marine ecosystems. I attempt to frame my work in the context of broader ecological questions, but my motivations are rooted in conservation and applied ecology. My current fieldwork takes place in Antigua and Barbuda and focuses on the ecology of hawksbill sea turtles, a critically endangered species. I collaborate with the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project to combine original fieldwork with analysis of a longterm dataset. To date, I have worked to describe the impacts of coastal Sargassum macroalgae accumulation on nesting, quantify the effects of an invasive beach plant on nesting ecology, and evaluate the nest microsite conditions that affect incubation temperature and hatching success. Newer work extends into foraging and migratory ecology through the use of satellite tracking and stable isotope methods. In addition to my core hawksbill research program, I collaborate on projects covering a broad range of taxa and research questions. These collaborations help me to maintain interests in animal movement modeling, spatial ecology, restoration ecology, urban ecology, and human dimensions.
Maurer, A.S. and Johnson, M.W. 2017. Loggerhead nesting in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Importance of beach slope to nest site selection in the Mississippi Barrier Islands. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 16: 250-254.
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 25: 253-260.
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.