Kerry L. Yurewicz

Associate Professor of Ecology

BS, PhD, University of Michigan

Contact information

Office: Boyd Science Center, Room 224
Phone: 603-535-3197

About Professor Yurewicz

Kerry Yurewicz is a community ecologist interested in how species interactions affect the performance of individuals and shape patterns of abundance and diversity in nature. She has also studied the ecology of body size and its consequences to populations and communities. Most of her work on these topics has been in freshwater systems on invertebrates and amphibians, using approaches ranging from laboratory experiments on animal behavior to long-term surveys of natural habitats. Current research projects focus on the distribution of aquatic insects in streams, behavioral responses of crayfish to sensory cues, and the population ecology of terrestrial red-backed salamanders. She enjoys collaborating with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Kerry earned her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan and held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Notre Dame before joining the faculty at Plymouth State University in 2004. She served as Department Chair for Biological Sciences from 2010-2016. Since 2014, she has also helped manage Plymouth State’s Research Support & Training Grant for the NH-INBRE program (IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence).

Selected publications/presentations

Ramberg Pihl, N. C., and K. L. Yurewicz. 2020. Behavioral responses of northern crayfish (Faxonius virilis) to conspecific alarm cues and predator cues from smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui). Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, DOI: 10.1080/10236244.2020.1717338

Yurewicz, K. L. 2018. The impact of a July 2017 flood on benthic macroinvertebrates in tributaries at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science.

Ramberg Pihl, N. C., K. L. Yurewicz, and T. R. Boucher. 2018. The influence of lake attributes and predatory bass on the distribution of northern crayfish (Orconectes virilis) in central New Hampshire. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96(2): 87-95.

Hoverman, J. T., C. J. Davis, E. E. Werner, D. K. Skelly, R. A. Relyea, and K. L. Yurewicz. 2011. Environmental gradients and the structure of freshwater snail communities. Ecography 34: 1049-1058.

Werner, E. E., R. A. Relyea, K. L. Yurewicz, D. K. Skelly, and C. J. Davis. 2009. Comparative landscape dynamics of two anuran species: climate-driven interaction of local and regional processes. Ecological Monographs 79: 503-521.

Awards or recognition

2019 Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, Plymouth State University

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Courses Taught

Biological Science II (BI 1120)
Invertebrate Zoology (BI 2030)
Freshwater Ecology (BI 3260)
Insects & Society (BIDI 1500)