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201 Holdsworth NRC
Univ. of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9285

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Thomas J. Maier

B.S. Biology/Environmental Studies,
St. Cloud State Univ., Minnesota
M.S. Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation,
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Wildlife Biologist

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 nests.
  • Developing techniques for the detection of northern water shrews.


  • 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 Field-Naturalist 118:400-404.
  • 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, April 2003).
  • 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.


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