Catherine R. Bevier

Professor of Biology and Dr. Charles C. and Pamela W. Leighton Research Fellow

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
BC491 DIndependent Study
BI164 AEvolution and Diversity
BI277 AVertebrate Natural History
BI334 AOrnithology

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
BI277Vertebrate Natural History
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 and muscle biochemistry. I have also been involved in research investigating resiliance to development in the Belgrade Lakes Watershed.


Selected recent publications (*indicates student co-author)
(for full list see Google Scholar)
--Assis, A.B., C.R.Bevier, C.C. Barreto, and C.A.Navas. 2020. Environmental influences on and antimicrobial activity of the skin microbiota of Proceratophrys boiei (Amphibia, Anura) across forest fragments. Ecology and Evolution 10:901-913.
--Bevier, C.R. and A.M. Gorman Gelder. 2018. The effect of parasite infection on phonotaxic response in the Mink Frog, Lithobates septentrionalis. Journal of Herpetology 52:34-39.
--Cole, F.R., A. Junker, C.R. Bevier, M. Shannon, S. Sarkar, P.J. Nyhus. 2017. Assessing LakeSmart, a community-based lake protection program. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences AESS
--Andrade, D., C.R. Bevier, and J.E. de Carvalho, (editors). 2016. Amphibian and Reptile Adaptations to the Environment: Interplay Between Physiology and Behavior. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. CRC Press
--Bevier, C.R. 2016. Physiological correlates of calling behavior in anurans with different calling strategies. In: Amphibian and Reptile Adaptation and Environment: Interplay Between Physiology and Behavior, D. Andrade, C.R. Bevier, and J.E. de Carvalho (Eds) CRC Press
--*Flanagan, S.P. and C. R. Bevier. 2014. Do male activity level and territory quality affect female association time in the brown anole, Anolis sagrei? Ethology
--Navas, C.A., C.R. Bevier, and A.C. Carnaval. 2012. Integrative and objective science is the best link between amphibian decline research and conservation on the ground. Alytes
--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
--*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


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