Catherine R. Bevier

Associate Professor of Biology

Box 5742

Phone: 207-859-5742
Fax: 207-859-5705
Mailing Address:
5742 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8857
Office Hours:
M 1:30-3:00; T 9:00-10:30
Bevier, Catherine R.


B.S. BiologyIndiana University 1989
Ph.D.EcologyUniversity of Connecticut1995

Areas of Expertise

  • Animal behavior and behavioral ecology
  • Reproductive behavior in vertebrate animals
  • Physiological ecology, specifically behavioral energetics
  • Herpetology and vertebrate biology

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
BI101 AFirst-Year Seminar in Biology
BI131 ABiodiversity
BI276 AComparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BI373 AAnimal Behavior
BI402 BBiology Seminar
BI402S BBiology Seminar
IS126 AThe Green Cluster

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
BI276Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BI357Physiological Ecology
BI373Animal Behavior

Current Research

My current research focuses on the behavioral and physiological ecology of vertebrate animals and amphibian conservation. My students and I are studying the complex interactions among amphibian skin secretions and their antimicrobial properties, epibiotic bacteria, and how these regulate and potentially inhibit growth of microbial pathogens such as chytrid fungus. We also are studying behavior and energetics of amphibians using techniques such as analysis of vocalizations, muscle biochemistry, and respirometry. Finally, I am an active member of the research team investigating resiliance to development in the Belgrade Lakes Watershed.


Selected recent publications
Bevier, C.R., F. R. Gomes, C.A.Navas. 2008.Variation in call structure and calling behavior in treefrogs of the genus Scinax. South American Journal of Herpetology 3:196-206.
Ashcroft, J.W.*, Z.B. Zalinger*, C.R. Bevier, and F.A. Fekete. 2007. Antimicrobial properties of two purified skin peptides from the Mink Frog (Rana septentrionalis) against bacteria isolated from the natural habitat. Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry Part C: 146: 325-330.
Conlon JM,Bevier CR, Coquet L,Leprince J, Jouenne T, Vaudry H, Hossack BR. 2007. Peptidomic analysis of skin secretions supports separate species status for the tailed frogs, Ascaphus truei and Ascaphus montanus. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. (D), 2:121-125.
Bevier, C.R., D. C. Tierney, L. E. Henderson*, and H. E. Reid*. 2006. Chorus attendance and site fidelity in the mink frog, Rana septentrionalis: are males territorial? Journal of Herpetology 40:160-164.
Conlon, J.M., B. Abraham, A. Sonnevend, T. Jouenne, P. Cosette, J. Leprince, H. Vaudry , C.R. Bevier. 2005. Purification and characterization of antimicrobial peptides from the skin secretions of the carpenter frog Rana virgatipes (Ranidae, Aquarana). Regulatory Peptides 131:38-45.
Bevier, C. R., A. Sonnevend, J. Kolodziejek, N. Nowotny, P. F. Nielsen, and J. M. Conlon. 2004 Purification and characterization of antimicrobial peptides from the skin secretions of the mink frog, Rana septentrionalis. Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry 139:31�38.
Bevier, C. R., K. Reilly*, K. Larson*, and S. Tat*. 2004. Vocal repertoire and calling activity of the mink frog, Rana septentrionalis. Amphibia-Reptilia 25:255-264.


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