Research Publications

Publications Utilizing the Field Station, Bath Nature Preserve, and Associated Properties


Letcher, Peter M., Martha J. Powell, and William J. Davis. 2015. A new family and four new genera in Rhizophydiales (Chytridiomycota). Mycologia 107(4): 808-830.


Boutry, C., & Blackledge, T. A. 2013. Wet webs work better: humidity, supercontraction and the performance of spider orb webs. Journal of Experimental Biology 216(19): 3606-3610.

Kurz, D. J., McGinty, N. A., Stankavich, S. A., Nowakowski, A. J., & Smith, G. A. 2013. Restored Wetlands Can Support Mammalian Assemblages Comparable to Those in Nonmitigated Reference Wetlands. The American Midland Naturalist 170(2): 260-273.

Lankau, R. A. 2013. Species invasion alters local adaptation to soil communities in a native plant. Ecology 94(1): 32-40.

Marhabaie, M., Leeper, T. C., & Blackledge, T. A. 2013. Protein composition correlates with the mechanical properties of spider (Argiope trifasciata) dragline silk. Biomacromolecules 15(1): 20-29.

Sensenig, A. T., Kelly, S. P., Lorentz, K. A., Lesher, B., & Blackledge, T. A. 2013. Mechanical performance of spider orb webs is tuned for high-speed prey. Journal of Experimental Biology 216(18): 3388-3394.


Nunziata, S. O., Karron, J. D., Mitchell, R. J., Lance, S. L., Jones, K. L., & Trapnell, D. W. 2012. Characterization of 42 polymorphic microsatellite loci in Mimulus ringens (Phrymaceae) using Illumina sequencing. American Journal of Botany 99(12): e477-e480.

Sensenig, A. T., Lorentz, K. A., Kelly, S. P., & Blackledge, T. A. 2012. Spider orb webs rely on radial threads to absorb prey kinetic energy. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 9(73): 1880-1891.


Boutry, C., M. Řezáč, TA Blackledge. 2011. “Plasticity in Major Ampullate Silk Production in Relation to Spider Phylogeny and Ecology.” PLoS ONE 6(7):e22467.

Ingianni, E. A., C. R. McGhee, JW Schultz. 2011. “Taxonomy of the
Leiobunum calcar species-group (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae: Leiobuninae).” Journal of Arachnology 39(3): 454-481.

Pan, JJ, D Ammerman, RJ Mitchell. 2011. Nutrient amendments in a temperate grassland have negative impacts on early season and exotic plant species. Plant Ecology 212:853-864.

Sensenig A., Agnarsson I. & Blackledge T.A. 2011. Adult spiders use tougher silk: ontogenetic changes in web architecture and silk biomechanics in the orb-weaver spider. Journal of Zoology. 285: 28-38.

Kelly, S. P., A. Sensenig, KA Lorentz, TA Blackledge. 2011. “Damping capacity is evolutionarily conserved in the radial silk of orb-weaving spiders.” Zoology 114(4):233-238.

Weijers, J. W. H., B. Bernhardt, et al. 2011. “Absence of seasonal patterns in MBT–CBT indices in mid-latitude soils.” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75(11):3179-3190.


Boutry, C. and T. A. Blackledge 2010. “Evolution of supercontraction in spider silk: structure–function relationship from tarantulas to orb-weavers.” Journal of Experimental Biology 213(20): 3505.

D’Alba, L., A. Oborn, MD Shawkey. 2010. “Experimental evidence that keeping eggs dry is a mechanism for the antimicrobial effects of avian incubation.” Naturwissenschaften: 1-7.

Eliason, C.M., Shawkey M.D. 2010. Rapid, reversible response of iridescent feather color to ambient humidity. Opt. Express 18, 21284-21292.

Nor, R. M., M. Nesterenko, PJ Lavrentyev. 2010. “Oxybuoy: Constructing a Real-Time Inexpensive Hypoxia Monitoring Platform.” Ad Hoc Networks: 795-804.

Pan, J. J., B. Widner, D. Ammerman, R.E. Drenovsky. 2010. “Plant community and tissue chemistry responses to fertilizer and litter nutrient manipulations in a temperate grassland.” Plant Ecology 206(1): 139-150.

Sensenig, A., I. Agnarsson, et al. 2010. “Behavioural and biomaterial coevolution in spider orb webs.” Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23(9): 1839-1856.


Boutry, C. and T. A. Blackledge. 2009. “Biomechanical variation of silk links spinning plasticity to spider web function.” Zoology 112(6): 451-460.

Purrenhage, JL, Niewiarowski PH, Moore FB-G. 2009. Population structure of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in a fragmented landscape. Molecular Ecology 18:235-237.


Boutry, C. and T. A. Blackledge. 2008. “The common house spider alters the material and mechanical properties of cobweb silk in response to different prey.” Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 309(9): 542-552.

Duff, RJ, H Ball,P. J. Lavrentyev. 2008. “Application of combined morphological–molecular approaches to the identification of planktonic protists from environmental samples.” Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 55(4): 306-312.

Patrick, L. B., N. Dupérré, and C. D. Dondale.  2008.  Review of the Nearctic genus Scyletria Bishop & Crosby (Araneae, Linyphiidae), with a transfer of S. jona to Mermessus O. Pickard-Cambridge.  Zootaxa 1744:31-40.  (Full-text PDF file)

Fraser, L. H., and E. B. Madson.  2008.  The interacting effects of herbivore exclosures and seed addition in a wet meadow.  Oikos 117:1057-1063.

Maruyama, M., L. B. Patrick, and J. Klimaszewski.  2008.  First record of the genus Myrmedonota Cameron (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) from North America, with descriptions of two new species.  Zootaxa 1716:35-43.  (Full-text PDF file)

Patrick, L. B., L. H. Fraser, et al. 2008. “Large-scale manipulation of plant litter and fertilizer in a managed successional temperate grassland.” Plant Ecology 197(2): 183-195.

Shultz, J. W. 2008. “Leiobunum nigripes is a junior synonym of Leiobunum verrucosum (Opiliones, Sclerosomatidae).” Journal of Arachnology 36(1): 184-186.

Zevenbergen, J. M., N. K. Schneider, et al. 2008. “Fine dining or fortress? Functional shifts in spider web architecture by the western black widow Latrodectus hesperus.” Animal Behaviour 76(3): 823-829.


Hausman, C. E., L. H. Fraser, et al. 2007. “Plant community establishment in a restored wetland: Effects of soil removal.” Applied Vegetation Science 10(3): 383-390.


Carlyle, C. N. and L. H. Fraser. 2006. “A test of three juvenile plant competitive response strategies.” Journal of Vegetation Science 17(1): 11-18.

Blackledge, T. A. and J. M. Zevenbergen. 2006. “Mesh width influences prey retention in spider orb webs.” Ethology 112(12): 1194-1201.


Picard, C.R., Fraser, L.H. and Steer, D. 2005. The interacting effects of temperature and plant community type on nutrient removal in wetland microcosms. Bioresource Technology 96: 1039-1047.

Steer, D. Fraser, L.H. and Siebert, B. 2005. Cell-to-cell pollution reduction effectiveness of domestic treatment wetlands. Bioresource Technology 96: 969-976.

Miletti, T., Carlyle, C., Picard, Landaw, A., and Fraser, L.H. 2005. Hydrology, water chemistry and vegetation characteristics of a tamarack bog in Bath Township, Ohio. Ohio Journal of Science 105: 21-30.

Fraser, L.H. and Karnezis, J.P. 2005. A comparative assessment of seedling survival and biomass accumulation for fourteen wetland plant species grown under minor water-depth differences. Wetlands 25: 520-530.

Fraser, L.H. and Feinstein, L.M. 2005. Effects of mycorrhizal inoculant, N:P supply ration, and water level on the growth and biomass allocation of three wetland plant species. Canadian Journal of Botany 83: 1117-1125.


Fraser, L.H., Carty, S., Picard, C. and Steer, D. 2004. Phytoremediation: wetland plants and their relative efficiency at treating agricultural runoff. Recent Res. Develop. Crop Sci. 1: 379-391.

Fraser, L.H., Carty, S. and Steer, D.N. 2004. A test of four plant species to reduce total nitrogen and total phosphorus from soil leachate in subsurface wetland microcosms. Bioresource Technology 94(2): 185-192.


Keddy, P. and Fraser, L.H. 2003. The management of wetlands for biological diversity. In Modern Trends in Applied Aquatic Ecology (Ed R.S.Ambasht and N.K.Ambasht), pp 21-42, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.

Steer, D., Aseltyne, T. and Fraser, L.H. 2003. Life-cycle economic model of small treatment wetlands for domestic wastewater disposal. Ecological Economics 44: 359-369.

Fraser, L.H., Bradford, M.E. and Steer D.N. 2003. Human appropriation and treatment of fresh water: a global hydrology model incorporating treatment wetlands. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 2: 174-183.


Steer, D., Fraser, L.H., Boddy, J. and Seibert, B. 2002. Efficiency of small constructed wetlands for subsurface treatment of single family domestic effluent. Ecological Engineering 18: 429-440.

Miller, SR, R Gaebel, RJ Mitchell, M Arduser. 2002. Occurrence of two species of old world bees, Anthidium manicatum and A. oblongatum (Apoidea: Megachilidae) in northern Ohio and southern Michigan. Great Lakes Entomologist 35:65-69.


Wallace, RL, Ott, D.W., S.L. Stiles, & C.K. Oldham-Ott. 2001. Bed and Breakfast: the parasitic life of Proales werneckii (Ploimida: Proalidae) within the alga Vaucheria (Xanthophyceae: Vaucheriales). Hydrobiologica 446/447: 129-137

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