Dr. Margaret (Gunzburger) Aresco graduated from Florida State University in Dec 2004 with a PhD in Biological Science and has a BS in Marine Biology from Auburn University (1997). At Auburn University, Aresco conducted an undergraduate research project on the Federally-threatened Red Hills Salamander under the guidance of Dr. Craig Guyer. Aresco also attended the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Coos Bay, Oregon as part of her undergraduate coursework. At Florida State University, Aresco studied the role of tadpole predation in the habitat distribution of the Green Treefrog with major professor Dr. Joseph Travis. She also studied at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, North Carolina. Dr. Aresco worked from 2004 – 2006 as a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Florida Integrated Science Center of the United States Geological Survey in Gainesville, Florida. She was the co-director, with Dr. Kenneth Dodd, of the Southeast Amphibian Research & Monitoring Initiative.  Currently Dr. Aresco is an Adjunct Professor at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida, where she teaches Zoology, Botany, Principles of Biology 1, and General Biology. Aresco also serves as Ecologist at Nokuse Plantation, a privately-owned nature preserve in Walton County, Florida.  Dr. Aresco is the author of 17 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 2 book chapters, and several magazine articles. 


Reprints of scientific papers (published under maiden name M. S. Gunzburger):

Gunzburger, M. S. and C. Guyer . 1998.  Longevity and abandonment of burrows used by the Red Hills salamander  (Phaeognathus hubrichti). Journal of Herpetology 32: 620-623.

Gunzburger, M. S. 1999. Diet of the Red Hills salamander Phaeognathus hubrichti.  Copeia 1999: 523-525.

Gunzburger, M. S. 2003. Evaluation of the hatching trigger and larval ecology of the salamander Amphiuma means.  Herpetologica 59(4): 459-468.  

Aresco, M. J. and M. S. Gunzburger. 2004. Effects of large-scale sediment removal on populations of herpetofauna in Florida lakes. Journal of Herpetology 38(2):275-279.

Gunzburger, M. S. and J. Travis. 2004.  Evaluating predation pressure on green treefrog larvae across a habitat gradient.  Oecologia 140:422-429. 

Gunzburger, M. S. and J. Travis. 2005. Effects of multiple predator species on green treefrog (Hyla cinerea) tadpoles.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 83:996-1002.

Gunzburger, M. S. 2005. Differential predation on tadpoles influences the potential effects of hybridization between Hyla cinerea and Hyla gratiosa.  Journal of Herpetology 39:682-687.

Gunzburger, M. S. and J. Travis. 2005. Critical literature review of the evidence for unpalatability of amphibian eggs and larvae. Journal of Herpetology 39:547-571.

Gunzburger, M. S. 2006. Reproductive ecology of the green treefrog (Hyla cinerea) in Northwestern Florida.  American Midland Naturalist 155:321-328. 

Richardson, J. M. L., M. S. Gunzburger, and J. Travis. 2006. Variation in predation pressure as a mechanism underlying differences in numerical abundance between populations of the poeciliid fish Heterandria formosa.  Oecologia 147:596-605.

Gunzburger, M. S. 2007. Habitat segregation in two sister taxa of Hylid treefrogs. Herpetologica: 63:301-310.

Aresco, M.J. and M. S. Gunzburger. 2007. Ecology and morphology of Chelydra serpentina in northwestern Florida. Southeastern Naturalist: 6:435-448.

Gunzburger, M. S. 2007. Evaluation of seven aquatic sampling methods for amphibians and other aquatic fauna. Applied Herpetology 4:47-63.

Gunzburger, M. S. and J. Travis. 2007. Egg clutch characteristics of the Barking Treefrog, Hyla gratiosa, from NOrth Carolina and FLorida.  Herpetological Review 2007:22-24. 

Gregoire, D. R. and M. S. Gunzburger. 2008. Effects of predatory fish on survival and behavior of larval Gopher Frogs (Rana capito) and Southern Leopard Frogs (Rana sphenocephala). Journal of Herpetology:

Smith, C. P., D. R. Gregoire, and M. S. Gunzburger. 2009. Baiting differentially influences capture rates of large aquatic salamanders Siren and AMphiuma.  Herpetological Review 40:304-306. 

Gunzburger, M. S., W. B. Hughes, W. J. Barichivich, and J. S. Staiger. 2010.  Hurricane storm surge and amphibian communities in coastal wetlands of northwestern Florida.  Wetlands Ecology and Management 18:651-663. 



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