Tom's interests include mammal ecology, behavior, and their community
interactions. While serving in a technical role, he has conducted
studies examining the roles small mammals play in avian-nest predation,
population density estimation techniques (for M.S.), and potential
predator/prey relationships between shrews and amphibians. Tom has
served as a consultant with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage &
Endangered Species Program, identifying habitat for the northern
water shrew and southern bog lemming, both state-listed species
of special concern; and has served as guest editor for both the
Northeastern Naturalist and Southeastern Naturalist.
- Investigating mechanisms of camera-effect on nest predators.
- Developing techniques for determing time-of-predation for turtle
- Developing techniques for the detection of northern water shrews.
RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
- Maier, T.J. and K.L. Doyle. 2006. Aggregations of masked shrews
(Sorex cinereus): density-related mating behavior? Mammalia
70 (in press)
- Maier, T.J. 2005. Predatory behaviors of Blarina brevicauda
toward a fossorial eastern spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus holbrookii).
In: Advances in the Biology of Shrews II; eds., J.F. Merritt,
S. Churchfield, R. Hutterer, and B.A. Sheftel. Special Publication
No. 01, International Society of Shrew Biologists.
- Waldien, D.L., M.M. Cooley, J.Weikel, J.P. Hayes, C.C. Maguire,
T.Manning, and T.J. Maier. 2004. Incidental captures of birds
in small mammal traps: a cautionary note for interdisciplinary
studies. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32:1260-1268.
- Perry, N.D., D.T. Stewart, E.M. Madden, and T.J. Maier. 2004.
New records for the Arctic Shrew, Sorex arcticus and the
newly recognized Maritime Shrew S. maritimensis.. Canadian
- Maier, T.J. 2002. Long-distance movements by female White-footed
Mice, Peromyscus leucopus, in extensive mixed-wood forest.
Canadian Field-Naturalist 116:108-111. (Paper summarized
in the Samplings column of Natural History Magazine,
- Maier, T.J., M.N. Marchand, R.M. DeGraaf, and J.A. Litvaitis.
2002. A subterranean camera trigger for identifying predators
excavating turtle nests. Herpetological Review 33:284-287.