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Contributions from the
MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center

Buck Island Ranch, Lake Placid, Florida

compiled by
Fred E. Lohrer, Archbold Biological Station  send e-mail
October 1998, last revision 28 February 2007
Photo by Tom Bancroft

MAERC History
Founding--On 29 November 1988, The 10,300-acre Buck Island Ranch, Highlands County, Florida, was leased to Archbold Biological Station for 30 years by the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation. The grant established the John D. MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC) as a division of Archbold.

Mission--The primary mission of MAERC is to conduct and stimulate long-term research on the relationships among cattle ranching, citrus production, and the native ecological systems of central Florida.

Research Partners-- During 1994, three organziations (MAERC, University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), South Florida Water Management District) created a cooperative group to initiate a multi-disciplinary research program at the Buck Island Ranch. In 1996 the Florida Cattleman's Association joined the group. These four organizations work together at MAERC in long-term monitoring, plus specific research projects in water quality, wildlife biology, and landscape ecology in relation to agriculture.

Additions to this bibliography. Contribution number. Authors should insert the following sentence in the acknowledgments section of their mss. submitted for publication. "This in Contribution No. XX of the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center of Archbold Biological Station." When authors receive the galleys of accepted mss. they should contact the compiler of the bibliography for a Contribution number. Reprints. Authors should also send reprints or PDF files of their MAERC publications to the compiler. Thank you.

No bibliography is ever complete. Please send your corrections, additions, or comments to the compiler. Thank you.

1. Lohrer, F.E. 1990. Winter bird population studies. 28. Mature citrus orchard. J. Field Ornithol. 61:20.

2. Lohrer, F.E. 1991. Winter bird population studies. 33. Mature citrus orchard. J. Field Ornithol. 62:26.

3. Lohrer, F.E. 1991. Breeding bird census. 98. Mature citrus orchard. J. Field Ornithol. 62:87.

4. Yosef, R., and F.E. Lohrer. 1992. A composite treadle/bal-chatri trap for loggerhead shrikes. Wildl. Soc. Bull. 20:294-300.

5. Yosef, R., and T.C. Grubb, Jr. 1992. Territory size influences nutritional condition in non-breeding loggerhead shrikes: a ptilochronology approach. Conserv. Biol. 6:447-449.

6. Yosef, R. 1992. Loggerhead shrikes eat crayfish. Fla. Field Nat. 20:75-76.

7. Yosef, R. 1992. Behavior of polygynous and monogamous loggerhead shrikes, and a comparison with northern shrikes. Wilson Bull. 104:747-749.

8. Yosef, R., and D. Yosef. 1992. Hunting behavior of Audubon's crested caracara. J. Raptor Res. 26:100-101.

9. Yosef, R., and D. Whitman. 1992. Predator exaptations and defensive adaptations in evolutionary balance: no defense is perfect. Evol. Ecol. 6:527-536.

10. Yosef, R., and T.C. Grubb, Jr. 1993. Effect of vegetation height on hunting behavior and diet of loggerhead shrikes. Condor 95:127-131.

11. Yosef, R. 1993. Prey transport by loggerhead shrikes. Condor 95:231-233.

12. Yosef, R. 1992. Territoriality, nutritional condition, and conservation in loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus). Ph.D. Diss., Ohio State Univ., 107 pp.

13. Fitzpatrick, J.W. 1993. The ecology of food animal production: research needs for the Twenty-second Century. Pp. 81-87 in FAIR '95 Symposium on Food Animal Research Priorities. Federation of American Societies of Food Animal Sciences, Champaign, Illinois.

14. Yosef, R. 1994. The effects of fencelines on the reproductive success of loggerhead shrikes. Conserv. Biol. 8: 281-285.

15. Yosef, R., and M. Deyrup. 1994. Pellet analysis of burrowing owls in southcentral Florida. Fla. Field Nat. 22:78-80.

16. Yosef, R. 1994. Sex-related differences in distraction-displays by Florida sandhill cranes. Condor 96:222-224.

17. Layne, J.N. 1993. History of an introduction of elk in Florida. Fla. Field Nat. 21:77-80.

18. Yosef, R., J.N. Layne, and F.E. Lohrer. 1993. Trends in numbers of loggerhead shrikes on roadside censuses in peninsular Florida, 1974-1992. Fla. Sci. 56:92-97.

19. Champe, C. 1993. Bird communities in native and agricultural habitats in south-central Florida. Master's Thesis, Univ. Florida, 74 pp.

20. Yosef, R. 1994. Conservation commentary. An evaluation of the global decline in the true shrikes (Family Laniidae). Auk 111:228-233.

21. Yosef, R., and T.C. Grubb, Jr. 1994. Resource dependency and territory size in loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus). Auk 111:465-469.

22. Grubb, T.C., Jr., and R. Yosef. 1994. Habitat specific nutritional condition in loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus): evidence from ptilochronology. Auk 111:756-759.

23. Yosef, R., and T.C. Grubb. 1995. Ptilochronology: A potential biomarker for assessing territory quality and habitat suitability in shrikes. Proc. West. Found. Vert. Zool. 6:276-279.

24. Yosef, R., and F. Lohrer. 1995. Loggerhead shrikes, red fire ants, and red herrings. Condor 97:1053-1056.

25. Babbitt, K.J., and G.W. Tanner. 1997. Effects of cover and predator identity on predation of Hyla squirella tadpoles. J. Herpetol. 31:128-130.

26. Babbitt, K.J. 1996. Tadpoles and predators: Patterns in space and time and the influence of habitat structural complexity on their interactions. Ph.D. Diss., Univ. Florida, 135 pp.

27. Morrison, J.L., and S.M. McGehee. 1996. Capture methods for crested caracaras. J. Field Ornithol. 67:630-636.

28. Morrison, J.L., M.A. McMillian, S.M. McGehee, and L.D. Todd. 1997. First record of a crested caracara nesting in a cypress. Fla. Field Nat. 25:51-53.

29. Morrison, J. L. 1996. Crested caracara (Caracara plancus). Birds of North America No. 249, 28 pp.

30. Yosef, R., J.E. Carrell, and T. Eisner. 1996. Contrasting reactions of loggerhead shrikes to two types of chemical defended insect prey. J. Chem. Ecol. 22: 173-181.

31. Meshaka, W.E. 1997. The herpetofauna of Buck Island Ranch: an altered wetland in south-central Florida. Fla. Sci. 60:1-7.--Abstract.

32. Capinera, J.L., C.W. Scherer, and J.B. Simkins. 1997. Habitat associations of grasshoppers at the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center, Lake Placid, Florida. Fla. Entomol. 80: 253-261.--Text.

33. Morrison, J.L. 1997. Reproductive ecology and habitat association of Florida’s crested caracara. Ph.D. Diss., Univ. Fla.

34. Foster, G.W., J.L. Morrison, C.S. Hartless, and D.J. Forrester. 1998. Haemoproteus tinnunculi in crested caracaras (Caracara plancus audubonii) from southcentral Florida. J Raptor Res. 32:159-162.

35. Pranty, B., and M.A. McMillian. 1997. Status of the white-tailed kite in northern and central Florida. Fla. Field. Nat. 25: 117-127.

36. McMillian, M.A., and B. Pranty. 1997. Recent nesting of the white-tailed kite in central Florida. Fla. Field Nat. 25:143-145.

37. Anderson, D., and B. Dugger. 1998. A conceptual basis for evaluation of restoration success. Trans. N. Amer. Wildl. Nat. Resources Conf. 63:111-121.

38. Yosef, R., and M. Deyrup. 1998. Effects of fertilizer-induced reduction of invertebrates on reproductive success of loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus). J. f. Ornithol. 139:307-312.

39. McSorley, R. 1997. Relationship of crop and rainfall to soil nematode community structure in perennial agroecosystems. Appl. Soil. Ecol. 6:147-159.

40. McSorley, R. 1997. Correlation of nematode densities and rainfall in a Florida pasture. Soil Crop Sci. Soc. Florida Proc. 56:55-57.

41. Morrison, J.L. 1998. Effects of double brooding on productivity in crested caracaras. Auk 115:979-987.--Text (search at link by author and date).

42. Capece, J.C., and M. Mozaffari. 1997. Agro-ecology research to develop sustainable cattle production practices in Florida. Soil Crop Sci. Soc. Florida Proc. 56:131-135.

43. Steinman, A.D., K.E., Havens, N.G. Aumen, R.T. James, K.-R. Jin, J. Zhang, and B. Rosen. 1999. Phosphorus in Lake Okeechobee: sources, sinks, and strategies. Pp. 527-544 in Phosphorus Biogeochemistry of Subtropical Ecosystems: Florida as a Case Example (Reddy, K.R., G.A. O’Connor, and C.L. Schelske, Eds.). CRC/Lewis Publ., New York.

 44. Morrison, J.L., and M. Maltbie. 1999. Methods of gender determination in crested caracaras. J. Raptor Res. 33:128-133.

45. Morrison, J.L. 1999. Breeding biology and productivity of Florida's crested caracaras. Condor 101:505-517.--Text (search at link by author and date).

46. Capece, J.C., M. Mozaffari, and G.T. Bancroft. 1998. Agroecology research for sustaining subtropical prairie ecosystems on beef cattle ranches of Florida. Proc. Annu. Conf. Ecosystems Restoration Creation 24:70-81.

47. Babbitt, K.J., and G.W. Tanner. 2000. Use of temporary wetlands by anurans in a hydrologically modified landscape. Wetlands 20:313-322.--Abstract.

48. Main, M.B., P.B. Walsh, K.M. Porter, and S. F. Coates. 1999. Monitoring the expanding range of coyotes in Florida: Results of the 1997-1998 statewide scent station surveys. Fla. Field. Nat. 27:150-162.

49. Pratt, S.C. 1997. The control of comb construction by honey bee colonies. Ph.D. Diss., Cornell Univ.

50. Pratt, S.C. 1998. Decentralized control of drone comb construction in honey bee colonies. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 42:193-205.--Abstract.

51. Pratt, S.C. 1999. Optimal timing of comb construction by honey bee colonies: a dynamic programming model and experimental tests. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 46:30-42.--Abstract.

52. Babbitt, K.J. 2001. Behaviour and growth of southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) tadpoles: effects of food and predation risk. Canadian J. Zool. 79:809-814.--Abstract.

53. Morison, J.L.and S.R. Humphrey. 2001. Conservation value of private lands for crested caracara in Florida. Conservation Biol. 15:675-684.--Abstract.

54. Yosef, R. 2000. The Mayfield method for standarisation of shrike breeding studies: the case of the loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) in southcentral Florida. The Ring 22:111-121.

55. McSorley, R., and J.J. Frederick. 2000. Short-term effects of cattle grazing on nematode communities in Florida pastures. Nematropica 30:211-221.

56. McMillian, M.A. 200? (in press). Long-term tends in osprey nesting populations on Lake Istokpoga, Florida. Fla. Field Nat.

57. Nemeth, N.M., and J.M. Morrison. 2002. Natal dispersal of the crested caracara (Caracara cheriway) in Florida. J. Raptor Res. 36:203-206.

58. Yosef, R. 2001. Nesting ecology of resident loggerhead shrikes in southcentral Florida. Wilson Bull. 113:279-284.--Abstract.

59. Clegg, N. 2001. The effect of land use on the macro-invertebrate community in the drainage ditches of ranchlands in south Florida. Master's Thesis, Napier Univ., Edinburg, Scotland.

60. Baber, M.J. 2001. Understanding anuran community structure in temporary wetlands: the interaction and importance of landscape and biotic processes. Ph.D. Diss., Florida International Univ.

61. Baber, M.J., D.L. Childers, K.J. Babbitt, and D.H. Anderson. 2002. Controls on fish distribution and structure in temporary wetlands. Can. J. Fish. Aquatic Sci. 59:1441-1450.--Abstract.

62. Bogner, F., and T. Eisner. 1991. Chemical basis of egg cannibalism in a caterpillar (Utetheisa ornatrix). J. Chem. Ecol. 17:2063-2075.

63. Babbitt, K.J., and G.W. Tanner. 1998. Effects of cover and predator size on survival and development of Rana utricularia tadpoles. Oecologia 114:258-262.--Abstract.

64. Baber, M.J. and K.J. Babbitt. 2003. The relative impact of native and introduced predatory fish on a temporary wetland tadpole assemblage impact of fish on a temporary wetland larval anuran community. Oecologia 136:289-295.--Abstract.

65. Morrison, J.L. 2003. Age-specific survival of Florida's crested caracaras. J. Field Ornithol. 74:321-330.--Abstract.

66. Steinman, A.D., J. Conklin, P.J. Bohlen, and D.G. Uzarski. 2003. Influence of cattle grazing and pasture land use on macroinvertebrate communities in freshwater wetlands. Wetlands 23:877-889.--PDF file

67. Baber, M.J., and K.J. Babbitt. 2004. The influence of habitat complexity on predator-prey interactions between the fish (Gambusia holbrooki) and tadpoles of Hyla squirella and Gastrophryne carolinensis. Copeia 2004:173-177.

68. Yosef, R. 2003. Loggerhead shrike Lanuis ludovicianus. Species account in Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, ed. Florida's breeding bird atlas A collaborative study of Florida's birdlife.

69. Hendricks, G. 2003. Performance evaluation of two hydrologic/water quality models on beef pastures at Buck Island Ranch. Master's Thesis, Univ. Florida, 124 pp.

70. Hill, L.R. 2003. Phosphorous in the soil profile of subtropical rangelands and associated wetlands. Master's Thesis, Univ. Florida, 81 pp.

71. Yosef, R. and P. Zduniak. 2004. Repeatability and within-clutch variation in egg dimensions of loggerhead shrikes Lanius ludovicianus in south-central Florida. Biological Letters 41:155-162.--PDF file

72. Kokemor, J. 2004. The impact of cattle congregation on soil phosphorous content in grazed subtropical pastures in central Florida. Master's Thesis, Univ. Bonn, Germany.--PDF file.

73. Sperry, C. M. 2004. Soil phosphorous in isolated wetlands of subtropical beef cattle pastures. Master's Thesis, Univ. Florida.--PDF file.

74. Romero, C.H., P.N. Meade, J.E. Shultz, H.Y. Chung, E.P. Gibbs, E.C. Hahn, and G. Lollis. 2001. Venereal transmission of pseudorabies viruses indigenous to feral swine. J. Wildl. Dis. 37:289-296.

75. Romero, C.H., P.N. Meade, B.L. Homer, J.E. Shultz, and G. Lollis. 2003. Potential sites of virus latency associated with indigenous pseudorabies viruses in feral swine. J. Wildl. Dis.39:567-575.

76. Morrison, J.L. and K.E. Pias.  2006.  Assessing the vertebrate component of the diet of Florida’s crested caracaras (Caracara cheriway).  Fla. Sci. 69:36-43.

77. Gathumbi, S.M., P.J. Bohlen, and D.A. Graetz. Nutrient enrichment of wetland vegetation and sediments in subtropical pastures. 2005. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 69:539-548.--PDF file.

78. Dugger, B. 2005. Abundance and community composition of waterbirds using channelized Kissimmee River floodplain, FL. Southeastern Nat. 4:435-446.

79. Babbitt, K. J., M. J. Baber, and G. W. Tanner. 2005. The impact of agriculture on temoprary wetland amphibians in Florida. Pages 48-55 in Meshaka, W.E. Jr., and K. J. Babbitt, eds. Amphibians and reptiles: Status and conservation in Florida. Krieger Publishing Co., Malabar, Florida.

80. Prein, W. 2005. The role of ranch ditches in phosphorous management of subtropical Florida. Master's Thesis, Univ. Applied Sciences FH Johanneum-Kapfenberg, Austria.--PDF file

81. Bohlen, P.J. 2006. Biological invasions: Linking the aboveground and belowground consequences. Applied Soil Ecol. 323:1-5.--PDF file

82. Babbitt, K.J., M.J. Baber, and L.A. Brandt. 2006. The effect of woodland proximity and wetland characteristics on larval anuran assemblages in an agricultural landscape. Can. J. Zool. 84:510-519.

83. Zielinski, R.A., W.H. Orem, K.R. Simmons, and P.J. Bohlen. 2006. Fertilizer-derived uranium and sulfur in rangeland soil and runoff: A case study in central Florida. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 176:163-183.

84. Wang, K-H, R. McSorley, P.J. Bohlen, and S.M. Gathumbi. 2006. Cattle grazing increases microbial biomass and alters soil nematode communities in subtropical pastures. Soil Biol. Biochem. 38(7):1956-1965.--PDF file

85. Arthington, J., P. Bohlen, and  F. Roka. 2003. Effect of stocking rate on measures of cow-calf productivity and nutrient loads in surface water runoff  . Fla. Cattleman Livestock J. 67(9):7-9.--

86. Arthington, J., P. J. Bohlen, and F. Roka. 2003. Effect of stocking rate on measures of cow-calf productivity and nutrient loads in surface water runoff. University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Extension AN141:1-5.--

87. Bohlen, P. J. 2001. The contribution of beef cattle ranches to surface water quality. Fla. Cattleman Livestock J. 66(1):28,30,40.

88. Bohlen, P. J. , M. Clark, and M. Flinchum. 2003. Restoring wetlands on cattle ranches in south Florida. Fla. Cattleman Livestock J. 68(2):19-23.

89. Bohlen, P. J.  and J. Kokemor. 2005. How do cattle concentration areas affect soil phosphorus? Fla. Cattleman Livestock J. 69:56-59.

90. Main, M., M. E. Swisher, J. Mullahey, W. DeBusk, A. J. Shriar, G. W. Tanner, J. Selph, P. Hogue, P. Bohlen , and G. M. Allen. 2004. The ecology and economics of Florida’s ranches. University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Extension WEC 187:1-6.--

91. Morrison, J.L. 2006. The crested caracara in the changing grasslands of Florida. Pp. 211-215 in R. F. Noss, ed. Land of fire and water: The Florida dry prairie ecosystem. Proceedings of the Florida Dry Prairie Conference, October 5-7, 2004, Sebring, Florida.--PDF file

92. Yang, L. 2006. Coupled simulation modeling of flatwoods hydrology, nutrient and vegetation dynamics. Ph.D. Diss, Univ. Florida.--PDF file

93. Morrison, J.L., J. Abrams, M. Deyrup, T. Eisner, and M. McMillian. 2006 (in press). Noxious menu: chemically protected insects in the diet of the northern crested caracara (Caracara cheriway). Southeastern Nat. 5:xxx-xxx.

94. Zhang, J., J.G. Hiscock, A.B. Bottcher, B.M. Jacobson, and P.J. Bohlen. 2006. Modeling phosphorus load reductions of agricultural water management practices on a beef cattle ranch. ASAE (Amer. Soc. Agricul. Biol. Engineers)Annual Meeting, Paper No. 062010, 12 pages.--PDF file

95. Swain, H.M.,P.J. Bohlen, K.L. Campbell, L.O. Lollis and A.D. Steinman. 2007. Integrated ecological and economic analysis of ranch management systems: An example from south central Florida. Rangeland Ecology and Management 60:1-11.--PDF file

96. Capece, J.C., K.L. Campbell, P.J. Bohlen, D.A. Graetz and K.M. Portier. 2007. Soil phosphorus, cattle stocking rates, and water quality in subtropical pastures in Florida, USA. Rangeland Ecology and Management 60:19-30.--PDF file

97. Arthington, J.D., F.M. Roka, J.J. Mullahey, S.W. Coleman, L.O. Lollis, R.M. Muchovej, and D. Hitchock. 2007. Integrating ranch forage production, cattle performance, and economics in ranch management systems for southern Florida. Rangeland Ecology and Management 60:12-18.--PDF file

98. McSorley, R. and G.W. Tanner. 2007. Effects of cattle stocking rates on nematode communities in south Florida. Rangeland Ecology and Management 60:31-35.

99. Bohlen, P.J. and  H.M. Swain. 2007 (in press). Ranching for environmental services: Public benefits from private lands. Proceedings of the 3rd National Conference on Grazing Lands, National Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, St. Louis, Missouri.

100. Morrison, J.L. 2006 (in press). Habitat suitability and demographic population viability models for Florida’s crested caracaras. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. FWC Project Number: NG-00-001, FWC Contract #: 01213.

101. Bohlen, P.J. and S.M. Gathumbi. 2007 (in press). Seasonal nitrogen dynamics in isolated wetlands in subtropical cattle pastures. Soil Science Society of America Journal.

102. Morrison, J.L. 2007 (in press). Characteristics of nest sites used by crested caracaras in south-central Florida.  Fla. Field Nat.


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