Kerry L. Yurewicz

Associate Professor of Ecology

BS, PhD, University of Michigan

Contact information

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

Fall Office Hours

on sabbatical

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 amphibians and invertebrates, using approaches ranging from laboratory experiments on animal behavior to long-term surveys of natural habitats.  For current projects, she is investigating the role of crayfish in the Squam Lake food web, as well as patterns in the distribution of aquatic insects in streams.  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 has served as Department Chair since 2010.

Selected publications/presentations

Ramberg Pihl, N. C., and K. L. Yurewicz.  2011.  The influence of predatory smallmouth bass on northern crayfish: field distribution patterns and laboratory behavioral responses.  Poster presentation, Annual meeting of the North American Benthological Society.

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.

Werner, E. E., K. L. Yurewicz, D. K. Skelly, and R. A. Relyea.  2007.  Turnover in an amphibian metacommunity: the role of local and regional factors.  Oikos 116: 1713-1725.

Yurewicz, K. L.  2004.  A growth/mortality trade-off in larval salamanders and the coexistence of intraguild predators and prey.  Oecologia 138: 102-111.

Awards or recognition

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)
Biology Seminar (BI 4960)