Recent Publications from the Skelly Lab Group
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Rowland, Freya E.Schyling, Elizabeth S.Freidenburg, L. KealohaUrban, Mark C.Richardson, Jonathan L.Arietta, A. Z. AndisRodrigues, Susan B.Rubinstein, Adriana D.Benard, Michael F., and Skelly, David K.2022. “ Asynchrony, Density Dependence, and Persistence in an Amphibian.” Ecology 1037): e3696. [link]


Arietta, AZ Andis, and David K. Skelly. “Rapid microgeographic evolution in response to climate change.” Evolution 75.11 (2021): 2930-2943. [link]


Gahm, K.; Arietta, A. Z. Andis; Skelly, D.K. (2020). Temperature-mediated tradeoff between development and performance in larval wood frogs (Rana sylvatica). Journal of Experimental Zoology A. [link]

Arietta, A. Z. Andis; Freidenburg, L. K., Urban, M. C., Rodrigues, S. B., Rubinstein, A., & Skelly, D. K. (2020). Phenological delay despite warming in wood frog Rana sylvatica reproductive timing: a 20‐year study. Ecography, 52, 27. [link]

Bodensteiner, B. L.; Agudelo-Cantero, G. A.; Arietta, A. Z. A.; Gunderson, A. R.; Muñoz, M. M.; Refsnider, J.; Gangloff, E. J. (2020).  Thermal adaptation revisited: how conserved are thermal traits of reptiles and amphibians? Journal of Experimental Zoology A. [link]

Arietta, A. Z. Andis; Rubinstein, A.; Freidenburg, L. K. (2020). Aberrant coloration (hypomelanism) in multiple wild populations of Rana sylvatica associated with early mortality and developmental delay. Northeastern Naturalist 27(4), 641-648. [pdf]


Van Acker, M., Lambert, M., Schmitz, O., and D. K. Skelly. 2019.  Suburbanization increases echinostome infection in Green Frogs and Snails. EcoHealth[link]

Lambert, M.R., T. Tran. A. Killian. T. Ezaz, and D. K. Skelly. 2019. Molecular evidence for sex reversal in wild populations of green frogs (Rana clamitans). PeerJ 7:e6449. [link]

Richardson, J. L., Silveira, G., Soto Medrano, I., Arietta, A. Z.A. , Mariani, C., Pertile, A. C., et al. (2019). Significant Genetic Impacts Accompany an Urban Rt Control Campaign in Salvador, Brazil. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7, 115. [link]


Andis, A. Z. (2018). A new, noninvasive method of batch-marking amphibians across developmental stages. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13, 423–432. [link]

Lambert, M. R., M. S. Smylie, A. J. Roman, L. K. Freidenburg, and D. K. Skelly. 2018. Sexual and somatic development of wood frog tadpoles along a thermal gradient. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A 329:72-79. [link]

Amburgey, S.M., Miller, D.A.W., Grant, E.H.C., Rittenhouse, T.A.G., Benard, M.F., Richardson, J.L., Urban, M.C., Hughson, W., Brand, A.B., Davis, C.J., Hardin, C.R., Paton, P.W.C., Raithel, C.J., Relyea, R.A., Scott, A.F., Skelly, D.K., Skidds, D.E., Smith, C.K., Werner, E.E. 2018. Range position and climate sensitivity: the structure of among-population demographic responses to climatic variation. Global Change Biology 24:439-454. [link] 


Shepack, A., Freidenburg, L.K. & Skelly, D.K. 2017. Species absence in developed landscapes: an experimental evaluation. Landscape Ecol (2017) 32: 609. DOI 10.1007/s10980-016-0464-9 [link]

Paul CrumpKeith BervenTess E. Youker-SmithDavid SkellyScott Thomas, and Jeff Houlahan. 2017. Predicting Anuran Abundance Using an Automated Acoustics Approach. Journal of Herpetology 2017 51:4582-589. [link]

L.K. Freidenburg. 2017. Environmental drivers of carry-over effects in a pond-breeding amphibian, the Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 2017, 95:255-262. [link]

Max R. Lambert, Bradley E. Carlson, Meredith S. Smylie, and Lindsey Swierk. 2017. Ontogeny of Sexual Dichromatism in the Explosively Breeding Wood Frog. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 12(2):447–456. [link]

Holgerson, Meredith A., Max R. Lambert, L. Kealoha Freidenburg, David K. Skelly. 2017. Suburbanization alters small pond ecosystems: shifts in nitrogen and food web dynamics. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 75: 641–652. [link]



Lambert, M. R., Stoler, A. B, Smylie, M. S., Relyea, R. A., and D. K. Skelly. 2016. Interactive effect of road salt and leaf litter on wood frog sex ratios and metamorphic sexual size dimorphism. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences: DOI 10.1139/cjfas-2016-0324 [link]

Lambert, M. R., Skelly, D. K., and T. Ezaz. 2016. Sex-linked markers in the North American green frog (Rana clamitans) developed using DArTseq elucidate Dmrt1 as a putative sex-determining gene and provide early insight into sex chromosome recombination. BMC Genomics 17: 844 DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-3209-x [link]

Lambert, M. R. and D. K. Skelly. 2016. Chemical diversity and endocrine disruption in the wild. Endocrine Disruptors (Invited Commentary). DOI:10.1080/23273747.2016.1148803 [link]

Lambert, M. R., Giller, G. S. J., Skelly, D. K., and R. G. Bribiescas. 2016. Septic systems, but not sanitary sewer lines, are associated with elevated estradiol in frog metamorphs from suburban ponds. General and Comparative Endocrinology 232: 109-114. [link]


Lambert, M. R.  2015. Clover root exudate produces male-biased sex ratios and accelerates male metamorphic timing in wood frogs. Royal Society Open Science 2: [link]

Lambert, M. R., Giller, G. S. J., Barber, L. B., Fitzgerald, K. C., and D. K. Skelly. 2015. Suburbanization, estrogen contamination, and sex ratio in wild amphibian populations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112: 11881-11886. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1501065112 [link]



Werner, E. E., D. K. Skelly, R. A. Relyea, C. J. Davis, and K. L. Yurewicz. in press. The abundance-occupancy relationship: a metacommunity perspective. PLoS ONE. Richardson, J. L., M. C. Urban, D. Bolnick, and D. K. Skelly. 2014. Microgeographic adaptation and the spatial scale of evolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:165-176.  Link

Skelly, D. K., S. R. Bolden, and L. K. Freidenburg. 2014. Experimental canopy removal enhances diversity of vernal pond amphibians.  Ecological Applications 24:340-345.  Link

Smits, A. P., D. K. Skelly, and S. R. Bolden. 2014. Amphibian intersex in suburban landscapes.  Ecosphere 5:art11.  Link


Atwood, M. A. 2013. Effects of euthanasia method on stable-carbon and stable-nitrogen isotope analysis for an ectothermic vertebrate. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 27:909-913.  Link

Skelly, D. K. 2013. Learning from deformed frogs (book review). BioScience 63:140-141.  Link

Skelly, D. K. 2013. G. Evelyn Hutchinson. Oxford Biographies. Oxford University Press, New York: Oxford University Press.

Urban, M.C., P.L. Zarnetske, and D. K. Skelly. 2013. Moving forward: Dispersal and species interactions determine biotic responses to climate change.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1297:44-60.  Link


Balmori, D. and D. K. Skelly. 2012. Crossing to sustainability: a role for design in overcoming road effects. Ecological Restoration 30:363-367 (Images: 30:350-352).  Link

Brady, S. P. 2012. Road to evolution? Local adaptation to road adjacency in an amphibian (Ambystoma maculatum). Scientific Reports 2:235.  Link

Richardson, J. L. 2012. Divergent landscape effects on population connectivity in two co-occurring amphibian species. Molecular Ecology 21(18):4437-4451. Link

Rogalski, M. A., and D. K. Skelly. 2012. Positive effects of nonnative invasive Phragmites australis on Larval Bullfrogs. PLoS ONE 7:e44420.  Link

Zarnetske, P. L., D. K. Skelly, and M. C. Urban. 2012. Biotic Multipliers of Climate Change. Science 336:1516-1518.  Link


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. Link

Skelly, D. K., D. M. Post, and M. D. Smith (Editors). 2011. The Art of Ecology: Writings of G. Evelyn Hutchinson. Yale University Press, New Haven and London.  Link

Warren, R. J., II, D. K. Skelly, O. J. Schmitz, and M. Bradford. 2011. Universal ecological patterns in college basketball communities. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17342.  Link


Skelly, D. 2010. A climate for contemporary evolution. BMC Biology 8:136.  Link

Skelly, D. K., S. R. Bolden, and K. B. Dion. 2010. Intersex frogs concentrated in suburban and urban landscapes. EcoHealth 7:374-379.  Link   Faculty of 1000 Review

Skelly, D. K. and L. K. Freidenburg. 2010. Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.  Link

Skelly, D. K. and M. F. Benard. 2010. Mystery unsolved: missing limbs in deformed amphibians. Journal of Experimental Zoology B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 314B:179-181.   Link


Kerby, J. L., K. L. Richards-Hrdlicka, A. Storfer, and D. K. Skelly. 2009 . An examination of amphibian sensitivity to environmental contaminants:  Are amphibians poor canaries?  Ecology Letters 12:1-8.   Link   Faculty of 1000 Review

Ligon, N. F., and D. K. Skelly. 2009. Cryptic divergence: countergradient variation in the wood frog. Evolutionary Ecology Research 11:1099-1109.   Link

Skelly, D. K., and J. L. Richardson. 2009. Larval sampling. Chapter 4 in Amphibian Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. (C. K. Dodd, Editor). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199541183.   Link

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.   Link


McCauley, S. J., C. J. Davis, R. A. Relyea, K. L. Yurewicz, D. K. Skelly, and E. E. Werner. 2008. Metacommunity patterns in larval odonates. Oecologia 158:329-342.   Link

Schwager, M., F. Bullo, D. Skelly, and D. Rus. 2008. A ladybug exploration strategy for distributed adaptive coverage control. Pages 2346 to 2353 in IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Pasadena, CA, May 2008.  Link

Urban, M. C.  2008.  Salamander evolution across a latitudinal cline in gape-limited predation risk.  Oikos 117:1037-1049.   Link

Urban, M. C. 2008. The evolution of prey body size reaction norms in diverse communities. Journal of Animal Ecology 77:346-355.   Link

Urban, M. C., B. L. Phillips, D. K. Skelly, and R. Shine. 2008. A toad more traveled: the heterogeneous invasion dynamics of cane toads in Australia. American Naturalist 171: E134-E148.   Link


Semlitsch, R. D. and D. K. Skelly. 2007. Ecology and Conservation of Pool-Breeding Amphibians. Pages 127 to 147 in A. Calhoun and P. deMaynadier (Eds.) Science and Conservation of Vernal Pools in Northeastern North America. CRC Press. ISBN 0849336759.Link

Skelly, D. K. 2007. The ailing invader. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:17561-17562.  Link

Skelly, D. K., S. R. Bolden, L. K. Freidenburg, N. A. Freidenfelds, and R. Levey. 2007. Ribeiroia infection is not responsible for Vermont amphibian deformities. EcoHealth 4:156-163.   Link

Skelly, D. K., L. N. Joseph, H. P. Possingham, L. K. Freidenburg, T. J. Farrugia, M. T. Kinnison, and A. P. Hendry. 2007. Evolutionary responses to climate change. Conservation Biology 21:1353-1355.   Link

Urban, M. C. 2007. Risky prey behavior evolves in risky habitats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(36): 14377-14382.   Link

Urban, M. C. 2007. The growth-predation risk tradeoff under a growing gape-limited predation threat. Ecology 88(10):2587-2597.   Link

Urban, M. C. 2007. Predator size and phenology shape prey survival in temporary ponds. Oecologia 154:571-580.   Link

Urban, M. C., B. L. Phillips, D. K. Skelly, and R. Shine. 2007. The cane toad’s (Bufo marinus) increasing ability to invade Australia is revealed by a dynamically updated range model. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274:1413-1419.   Link   Faculty of 1000 Review

Werner, E. E., D. K. Skelly, R. A. Relyea, and K. L. Yurewicz. 2007. Amphibian species richness across environmental gradients. Oikos 116:1697-1712.   Link

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.   Link   Faculty of 1000 Review


Halverson, M. A., D. K. Skelly and A. Caccone. 2006.  Inbreeding linked to amphibian survival in the wild but not in the laboratory. Journal of Heredity 97:499-507.  Link

Halverson, M. A., D. K. Skelly, and A. Caccone. 2006. Kin distribution of amphibian larvae in the wild. Molecular Ecology 15:1139-1145.  Link

Holland, M. P., D. K. Skelly, M. Kashgarian, S. R. Bolden, L. M. Harrison, and M. Cappello. 2007. Echinostome infection in green frogs (Rana clamitans) is stage and age dependent. Journal of Zoology 271:455-462.   Link

Urban, M. C. 2006. Maladaptation and mass-effects in a metacommunity: consequences for species coexistence. American Naturalist 168(1):28-40.  Link

Urban, M. C. 2006. Road facilitation of trematode infections in snails of northern Alaska. Conservation Biology 20(4):1143-1149.  Link

Urban, M. C. 2006. Conservation beyond community [Book Review]. Conservation Biology 20:1330-1332.

Urban, M. C., and D. K. Skelly. 2006. Evolving metacommunities: toward an evolutionary perspective on metacommunities (Concepts & Synthesis). Ecology 87:1616-1626.  Link

Urban, M. C., D. K. Skelly, D. Burchsted, W. Price, and S. Lowry. 2006. Stream communities across a rural-urban landscape gradient. Diversity and Distributions 12:337-350.  Link   Faculty of 1000 Review

Skelly, D. K. 2006. Declining amphibians (M. Lannoo, Editor) [Book Review]. Herpetological Review 37:123-125.

Skelly, D. K., S. R. Bolden, M. P. Holland, L. K. Freidenburg, N. A. Freidenfelds, and T. R. Malcolm. 2006. Urbanization and disease in amphibians. Pages 153 to 167 in S. K. Collinge and C. Ray (Eds.) Disease ecology: community structure and pathogen dynamics. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198567081.

zu Dohna, H. 2006. The distribution of eggs per host in a herbivorous insect – intersection of oviposition, dispersal and population  dynamics. Journal of Animal Ecology 75(2):387-398.  Link


Brownstein, J. S., D. K. Skelly, T. R. Holford, and D. Fish. 2005. Forest fragmentation predicts local scale heterogeneity of Lyme disease risk. Oecologia 146:469-475.  Link

Skelly, D. K. 2005. Experimental venue and estimation of interaction strength: Reply. Ecology 86:1068-1071. Link

Skelly, D. K., M. A. Halverson, L. K. Freidenburg, and M. C. Urban. 2005. Canopy closure and amphibian diversity in forested wetlands. Wetlands Ecology & Management 13:261-268.  Link

Taylor, B., D. K. Skelly, L. K. Demarchis, M. D. Slade, D. Galusha, and P. M. Rabinowitz. 2005. Proximity to pollution sources and risk of amphibian limb malformation. Environmental Health Perspectives 113:1497-1501.  Link

Other Popular Papers

Skelly, D. K. 2003. How to write a successful Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposal. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 84:137-138.

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