Curriculum Vitae Christopher W. Swarth



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Curriculum Vitae
Christopher W. Swarth



Current Address: Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve

Office of Research and Economic Development

5200 North Lake Dr.

University of California, Merced

Merced, California 95343
Family: Marilyn L. Fogel (wife); Dana A. Swarth and Evan A. Swarth (children)

Education


BA in Zoology, 1978. Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.
MS in Biology, 1983. California State University, Hayward.

Thesis title: Foraging ecology of Snowy Plovers and the distribution of their arthropod prey at Mono Lake, California. Graduate Advisers: Dr. Howard Cogswell (Major Professor), Dr. Judith Wagner,

Mr. Gary Page, Dr. Harvey Scudder.
Current Positions

Director, Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve, UC Merced (2013-present)

As Reserve Director, I facilitate research and education programs, and provide conservation management for the 6,500 acre Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve at the University of California, Merced.



Lecturer. School of Natural Sciences. University of California, Merced (2013-present)

I taught Earth System Science (ESS1) in spring 2013 and Conservation Biology (BIO149F) in spring 2014. I mentor students in a Dept. of Engineering Service Learning course (Spring 2014; Fall 2014)


Professional History

Sanctuary Director. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian, Md. 1989 – 2012.

Jug Bay Site Manager. Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, MD. (CB-NERR).

1990 – 2012.

Director. Potomac River Aquatic Biology Program. Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center, Accokeek, Md. 1987 – 1989.

Biology Instructor. Biology Department, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. 1983 – 1986.

Biology Instructor. Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, Calif. 1983 – 1986.

Biologist. Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Petaluma, Calif. 1981 – 1984.

San Francisco Bay Coordinator. Mono Lake Committee, San Francisco. 1981 – 1982.

Assistant Refuge Biologist/Contract Biologist. San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge,

Newark, Calif. 1979 – 1982.

Field Biologist. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. 1979 & 1985.


Awards and Honors

Certificate of Recognition – UC Merced Natural Reserve. Jim Costa, Member US Congress. 2014

Sigma Xi Chapter, UC Merced. 2014.

Research Associate. 2009. San Diego Natural History Museum.

President. 2004 – 2006. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society.

Certificate of Appreciation. 2005. Coast and Estuarine Research Federation.

Certificate of Accomplishment. 2005. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin., Office of Oceans.

Certificate of Recognition. 2005. Anne Arundel County Council.

Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Achievement. 1998. Sierra Club, Anne Arundel Chapter.

Research Associate. 1997. Hudsonia (a non-profit environmental research institute), New York.

Certificate of Appreciation. 1995. Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.
Scientific Leadership

California Audubon Tricolored Blackbird Working Action Team. 2014.

Coordinating Committee. Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. 2008 – 2012.

Special Session Co-Chair. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Biennial Conference. Portland, Oregon. November 2009. (Environmental Impacts to Freshwater Tidal Wetlands).

Member. ICC (MD Inter-County Connector Freeway) Box Turtle Advisory Group. 2008 – 2010.

Member. Snapping Turtle Working Group (Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources). 2007-2009.

President. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society. 2004 – 2006.

Governing Board Member. Coast and Estuarine Research Federation. 2004 – 2006.

Board Member (Secretary; Membership Chair). Atlantic Estuarine Research Society. 1995 – 2003.
Current and Recent Ecological Research Projects

Bird diversity in the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve, UC Merced.

Impacts of grazing on vegetation in the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve, UC Merced.

Ecological relations of diving ducks in response to warm water effluent from Calvert Cliffs and Chalk Point Power Plants, Maryland. 2010-2012. Funded by MD Dept. of Natural Resources.

Population ecology of Eastern Box Turtles and freshwater turtles in freshwater tidal wetlands.

1995 – 2012.

Estuarine waterbird distribution and patterns of abundance. 1999 – 2010.

Songbird population growth, survivorship and breeding productivity. 1990 – 2012.

Ecology, nutrient dynamics, and water quality of freshwater tidal wetlands. 1989 – 2012.
Peer-reviewed Publications

Swarth, C.W., S. Simmons, and C.M. Vega. 2014. Establishment of a nest box program for the American Kestrel at the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. Central Valley Birds (accepted).
Therres, G.D., C.A. Davis, and C.W. Swarth. 2014. Grid-based herp atlas using active searching: A pilot project. Maryland Naturalist. (in press).
Swarth, C.W. and W. Bleeker. 2014. Observations of the summer birds of Tukarak Island (Belcher Island group; Nunavut), Nastapoka Islands (Nunavut), and Richmond Gulf (northern Quebec). Canadian Field Naturalist (to be published November 2014).
Llanso, R., and C.W. Swarth. 2014. Diving duck and benthic prey distribution in the Chalk Point region of the Patuxent River estuary (Chesapeake Bay, USA). (submitted to Estuaries and Coasts).
Swarth, C.W. 2014. Species Account: Northern Red-bellied Slider (Pseudemys rubriventris). In: Atlas of the Reptiles and Amphibians of Maryland. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD. (in press)
Barendregt, A., and C.W. Swarth. 2013. Freshwater tidal wetlands: variation and changes. Estuaries and Coasts 36: 445-456.
Swarth, C.W., P. Delgado, and D. Whigham. 2013. Vegetation dynamics in a tidal freshwater wetland: A long-term study at differing scales. Estuaries and Coasts. 36: 559-574.
Delgado, P., P. Hensel, C.W. Swarth, M. Ceroni, and R. Boumans. 2013. Long-term sedimentation patterns in a tidal freshwater marsh: A compound response to hydrologic alteration and sea level rise. Estuaries and Coasts 36: 585-594.
Cunningham, H, C. Davis, C.W. Swarth, and G. Therres. 2012. The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas: A volunteer-based distributional survey. International Journal of Zoology. 2012: 1-11. (Article ID 348653, 11 pgs. doi:10.1155/2012/348653).
Cordero, A., R. Reeves, and C.W. Swarth. 2012. Home–range size, movement, and overwintering of the eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum) in Maryland’s Coastal Plain, USA. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11: 121-124.
Cordero, A., M. Quinlan, S. Blackstone, and C. W. Swarth. 2012. Kinosternum subrubrum (Eastern Mud Turtle) Overwintering. Herpetological Review 43: 327.
Savva, Y., C.W. Swarth, J. Gupchup, and K. Szlavecz. 2010. Thermal environments of overwintering juvenile and adult eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina). Canadian Journal of Zoology 88:1086-1094.
Cordero, A. and C.W. Swarth. 2010. Notes on the movement and aquatic behavior of some kinosternid turtles. Acta Zoológica Mexicana 26(1):233-235.
Dickey, R, S. Matthews, and C.W. Swarth. 2009. Movements of hatchling red-bellied cooters

(Pseudemys rubriventris). Herpetological Review 40:337-338.


Swarth C.W. and E. Kiviat. 2009. Animals of Tidal Freshwater Wetlands in North America.

A. Barendregt, D. Whigham, and A. Baldwin (Eds.). pgs. 71-88. In: Tidal Freshwater Wetlands. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.


Whigham, D., A. Baldwin, and C.W. Swarth. 2009. Conservation of Tidal Freshwater Wetlands in North America. A. Barendregt, D. Whigham, and A. Baldwin (Eds.). pgs. 233-240. In: Tidal Freshwater Wetlands. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Swarth, C.W. 2005. Box Turtle predation on songbirds. Herpetological Review 36:315.
Swarth, C.W., W. M. Roosenburg, and E. Kiviat (Eds.). 2004. Conservation and Ecology of Turtles of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Bibliomania Press. Salt Lake City, Utah. 121 pgs.
Marchand, M., M. Quinlan, and C.W. Swarth. 2004. Movement patterns and habitat use of eastern box turtles at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Maryland. Pgs. 55 – 61. In: C. W. Swarth, W. M. Roosenburg and E. Kiviat, (Eds.). Conservation and Ecology of Turtles of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Bibliomania Press. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Swarth, C.W. 2004. Natural history and reproductive biology of the red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris). Pgs. 73 – 83. In: C.W. Swarth, W.M. Roosenburg and E. Kiviat (Eds.). Conservation and Ecology of Turtles of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Bibliomania Press. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Teece, M., C.W. Swarth, N. Tuross, and M.L. Fogel. 2004. Determination of the essential amino acid requirements of the red-bellied turtle, Pseudemys rubriventris, during hatchling development.

Pgs. 85 – 91. In: C. W. Swarth, W. M. Roosenburg and E. Kiviat (Eds.). Conservation and Ecology of Turtles of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Bibliomania Press. Salt Lake City, Utah.


Swarth, C.W. and J. Burke. 2002. Seasonal dynamics of waterbirds using freshwater tidal wetlands. Pg. 39. In, M.C. Perry, ed. Black Ducks and Their Chesapeake Bay Habitats: Proceedings of a Symposium, USGS, Biological Res. Discipline Information and Technology Rept. USGS/BRD/ITR-2002-2005.
Hadidian J., J. Sauer, C.W. Swarth, P. Handley, S. Droege, C. Williams, J. Huff, and G. Didden. 1997. A city-wide breeding bird survey for Washington, D.C. Urban Ecosystems 1:87-102.
Smithberger, S. and C.W. Swarth. 1993. Reptiles and amphibians of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

The Maryland Naturalist 37:28-46.
Swarth, C.W. 1987. First sight record of the Black-headed Gull for Cameroon, West Africa.

Malimbus (Journal of the West African Ornithological Society) 12:126-127.
Page, G., L. Stenzel, D. Winkler, and C.W. Swarth. 1983. Spacing out at Mono Lake: nest density, breeding success and predation in the Snowy Plover. Auk 100:13-24.
Swarth, C.W. 1983. Foraging ecology of Snowy Plovers and the distribution of their arthropod prey at Mono Lake, California. Master’s thesis. California State University, East Bay.
Swarth, C.W. and H. Cogswell. 1981. Winter bird population study of intertidal mudflat on San Francisco Bay. American Birds 35:37-38.
Swarth, C.W. and H. Cogswell. 1980. Winter bird population study of intertidal mudflat on San Francisco Bay. American Birds 34:30-32.
Myers, J.P., C.W. Swarth, and F. A. Pitelka. 1980. Breeding bird census on wet coastal plain tundra. American Birds 34:82-83.

Technical Reports and Popular Articles on Ecological Research

Vega, M.C, S. Simmons, and C.W. Swarth. 2014. American Kestrel Productivity Report for 2014. Technical Report of the UC Merced Natural Reserve System.


Swarth, C.W. and R. Llanso. 2012. Diving Duck and Invertebrate Prey Distribution in the Patuxent River Estuary, Chalk Point. Report to GenOn Mid-Atlantic LLC, and the Power Plant Research Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 85 pgs.
Swarth, C.W. and R. Llanso. 2012. Calvert Cliffs Diving Duck Study Report. Report to Southern

Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board, Inc., and the Power Plant Research Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 14 pgs.


Swarth, C.W., S. Teliak, M. Quinlan, and D. Bystrak. 2012. Summary of the Monitoring Avian productivity and Survivorship Study, 1990-2011. Technical report of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. 50 pgs.
Seigel, R., S. Farnsworth, P. Cain, M. Fogel, S. Hagood, C.W. Swarth, and C. Sinclair-Winters. 2012. Responses, Movements, and Survival of Relocated Box Turtles During the Construction of the Inter-county Connector. Towson University report to Maryland State Highway Administration. 55 pgs.
Swarth, C.W. 2011. Riding out the flood: How Patuxent River animals cope with high water. Bay Weekly. Volume 19, Number37.
Silver, C., M. Fogel, S. Farnsworth, C.W. Swarth, and A. Cordero. 2010. Diet and Food Resources of Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) in the Path of Maryland’s Intercounty Connector Freeway. Report for Maryland State Highway Administration via Towson University. 13 pgs.
Swarth, C.W., S. Matthews, L. Hollister, and E. Friebele. 2010. Summary Report of the 2009 Jug Bay Bioblitz. Technical report of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. 35 pages.
Swarth, C.W., L. Hollister, E. Friebele, K. Molines, and S. Matthews. 2008. Summary Report of the 2007 Sanctuary Bioblitz. Technical report of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. 29 pgs.
Swarth C.W. et al. 2008. Manual on coordinating the bi-annual conferences of the Atlantic Estuarine

Research Society. http://www.aers.info/


Campbell, J. D., K. Molines, and C.W. Swarth. 2007. Data mining for ecological research: Lessons learned from amphibian and reptile activity analyses. National Science Foundation Symposium on Next Generation of Data Mining and Cyber-Enabled Discovery for Innovation, Baltimore, MD. October 10-12, 2007. 5 pg summary.
Swarth, C.W. 2007. Distribution and Abundance of Wintering Waterbirds on the Patuxent River Estuary.

A Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Technical Report. 17 pgs.


Boumans R.M., M. Ceroni, D.M. Burdick, D.R. Cahoon, and C.W. Swarth. 2003. Sediment Elevation Dynamics in Tidal Marshes: Functional Assessment of Accretionary Biofilters. Final Report NOAA/UNH Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), Durham, New Hampshire.
Lee, D., C.W. Swarth, and K.A. Buhlman. 2001. Bog Turtle Conservation in Maryland:

Use of the Public and Private Sectors in Protection and Management of Small Isolated Wetlands.

Proceedings of a workshop held at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Feb. 2001. 60 pgs.
Swarth, C.W. 2000. Mid-Atlantic turtle conference held in Maryland. Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter 2:12.
Swarth, C.W. and J. Burke. 2000. Waterbirds in Freshwater Tidal Wetlands: Population Trends and Habitat Use in the Non-breeding Season. A Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Technical Report. 37 pgs.
Molines, K. and C.W. Swarth. 1999. The Breeding Migration of Marbled Salamanders (Ambystoma opacum) and Spotted Salamanders (A. maculatum) at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary on Maryland’s Coastal Plain. A Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Technical Report. 34 pgs.
Swarth, C.W. and J. Burke. 1999. Patuxent River Waterbird Census; February 1999.

A Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Technical Report. 29 pgs.


Swarth, C.W. 1998. The Ecology and Population Status of Turtles at Jug Bay, Patuxent River (Maryland). A Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Technical Report. 83 pgs.
Burke, J., C.W. Swarth, and D. Nemazie. 1995. Proceedings of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maryland, Research Meeting.
Damon, M. and C.W. Swarth. 1995. A Guide to the Wetland Plants of Jug Bay. A publication of the

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.


Swarth, C.W. and D. Peters. 1993. Water Quality and Nutrient Dynamics of Jug Bay on the Patuxent River; 1987 - 1992. A Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Technical Report. 112 pgs.
Swarth, C.W. 1990. Matelea: Endangered Plant at Jug Bay. Marsh Notes 5:1.
Swarth, C.W. 1986. Species Accounts (Common Snipe, Long-billed Curlew, Willet, Wilson’s Phalarope). California Wildlife Habitat Relationship Systems. California Department of Fish and Game.
Swarth, C.W., C. Akagi, and P. Metropolous. 1983. Distribution patterns and ecology of waterbirds using the Coyote Hills Salt Ponds. Report to the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 75 pgs.
Swarth C.W. and D. Ainley. 1981. Research priorities within the Point Reyes-Farallons National Marine Sanctuary. Report to the NOAA Sanctuary Programs Office. 27 pgs.

Scientific Research Presentations (Since 2000)


Swarth, C.W. 2013. Birdlife of UC Merced’s vernal pools reserve. Presentation to Yosemite Area Audubon Society, Mariposa.
Swarth, C.W. 2013. Introduction to vernal pool ecosystems. Sigma Xi conference lecture. UC Merced.
Swarth, C.W. 2012. The Secret Lives of Seabirds and Turtles. [Guest speaker at Unitarian Church Natural History Conference, Star Island, New Hampshire.]
Swarth, C.W. 2012. Life histories of Maryland amphibians and reptiles. [Presentation to the Fairhaven Citizen’s Association.]
Swarth, C.W. 2012. Turtle Ecology and Conservation in Maryland. [Lecture to the Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, Md.]
Swarth, C.W. 2012. What is a Naturalist? [Presentation to Montgomery County Master Naturalist class; Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, Md.]
Giannini, T., C.W. Swarth, M. Fogel and R. Bowden. 2011. Using stable isotopes to analyze niche characteristics of eastern mud turtles (Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum) and common musk turtles (Sternotherus odoratus). [Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Amphibian and Reptile Research, Minneapolis].
Swarth, C.W., M. Quinlan and J. Snodgrass. 2011. Sex and age differences in home range and habitat use of Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) [Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Amphibian and Reptile Research, Minneapolis].
Friebele, E., L. Hollister, B. Wolfe, R. Smith and C. W. Swarth. 2010. Stream research and restoration in small mid-Patuxent River watershed streams. [Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Maryland Water Quality Monitoring Council, Timonium, Maryland]
Delgado, P, C.W. Swarth and P. Hensel. 2009. Long-term vegetation and sedimentation patterns in a Jug Bay freshwater tidal marsh: Responses to a changing environment. [Oral presentation at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation conference. Portland, Oregon]
Swarth, C. W., B. Gates, M. Quinlan, S. Teliak and D. Bystrak. 2009. Using mist nets to study songbird

reproduction. [Poster presented to the American Ornithologist’s Union, Philadelphia]
Delgado, P., C.W. Swarth, E. Friebele, L. Harris, and J. Campbell. 2009. Impacts of sea level rise on plant communities in freshwater tidal wetlands. [Poster presented to the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Ocean City, Maryland]
Swarth, C.W. and S. Ricciardi. 2008. Distribution of diving ducks and their benthic invertebrate prey on the Patuxent River estuary. [Oral presentation to the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society,

George Mason University, Virginia]


Dickey, R., C.W. Swarth, and P. Delgado. 2008. History of commercial fishing in the Patuxent River estuary. [Poster presented at the annual conference of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Lewes, Delaware]
K. Szlavecz, A. Terzis, R. Musaloiu-E.,C.-J. Liang, J. Cogan, A.. Szalay, J. Gupchup, J. Klofas, L. Xia,

C.W. Swarth, and S. Matthews. 2007. Turtle nest monitoring with wireless sensor networks.

[Poster presented to the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California]


Delgado, P. M. Hall, C.W. Swarth, T. Trice, J. Zimmerelli, C. Trumbauer, and S. Thompson. 2007.

Land use and water quality trends within the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. [Poster presented at the international conference of the Estuarine Research Federation, Providence, Rhode Island]
Barnett, S. and C.W. Swarth. 2007. Box turtle research at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. (Forschung an Dosenschildkröten im Jug Bay Feuchtgebiets-Schutzgebeit”). [Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the German Chelonia Group, German Herpetological Society, Hofheim, Germany]
Swarth, C.W. and M. Quinlan. 2007. Using plot surveys to assess eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) population density and site fidelity. [Oral presentation at the 3rd Box Turtle Conservation & Ecology Workshop, Edgewater, Maryland]
Ellett, K. and C.W. Swarth. 2007. Survey of the microzooplankton of the freshwater tidal Patuxent River. [Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Catonsville, Maryland]
Swarth, C.W. and M. Quinlan. 2007. Differences in the home range of male and female eastern box turtles. [Poster presented at the 3rd Box Turtle Conservation & Ecology Workshop, Edgewater, Maryland]
Swarth, C.W. 2006. The secret life of the box turtle. [Invited presentation to Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis, Maryland]
Swarth, C.W. and M. Perry. 2005. Waterbird distribution and abundance along an estuarine gradient in winter. [Presentation at the Estuarine Research Federation International Conference, Norfolk, Virginia]
Swarth, C.W. and M. Quinlan. 2005. Gender differences in habitat preference of eastern box turtles using forests and adjacent tidal wetlands. [Presentation at the annual conference of the Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Tampa Bay, Florida]
Friebele, E. and C.W. Swarth. 2005. Potential factors determining hatchling emergence patterns in red-bellied turtles. [Presentation at the annual conference of the Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Tampa Bay, Florida]
Swarth, C.W. 2004. Home range characteristics of box turtles. [Presentation at the Regional Box Turtle Conservation Workshop, Laurel, Maryland]
Swarth, C.W. and J. Burke. 2003. Waterbird distribution along an estuarine gradient in winter. [Presentation at the 2003 Research Conference at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary]
Friebele, E. and C.W. Swarth. 2003. Hatchling emergence patterns in red-bellied turtles (Pseudemys rubriventris). [Presentation at the 2003 Research Conference at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary]
Quinlan, M. and C.W. Swarth. 2003. Estimating the size of the Eastern box turtle population in a riparian forest at Jug Bay. [Presentation at the 2003 Research Conference at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary]
Miller, C. and C.W. Swarth. 2003. Spatial and seasonal variation of dissolved inorganic nitrogen in a freshwater tidal wetland. [Presentation at the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society conference, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina]
Swarth, C.W., J. Sage, and M. Fogel. 2002. Diet determination of red-bellied turtles in the tidal Patuxent River, based on stable isotope analysis. [Presentation at the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society conference, St. Mary’s College, Maryland]
Fogel, M, J. Sage, and C.W. Swarth. 2002. Complex dietary analysis of the red-bellied turtle using stable isotopes. [Presentation at the “Stable Isotopes in Ecology” conference, Phoenix, Arizona]
Swarth, C.W. and E. Friebele. 2001. Red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris) nest site conditions and hatchling emergence patterns. [Presentation at annual meeting of Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Indianapolis]
Swarth, C.W., M Quinlan, and M. Marchand. 2000. Use of tidal and non-tidal wetlands by eastern box turtles Terrapene carolina. [Presentation at annual meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Quebec, Canada]
Swarth, C.W. and J. Burke. 2000. Freshwater tidal wetlands as a habitat for non-breeding waterbirds. [Presentation at annual meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Quebec, Canada]

Grants Received and Facilitated (1994 to present)

Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 2010-2011. $80,000. For implementing Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. (Funding to Md Society of Natural History).


Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Division of Boating Services. 2011. $10,000. Construction grant for a kayak and canoe dock on the Patuxent River estuary.
Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. 2010. $13,000. Construction grant to build

a wetland boardwalk.


GenOn Energy, Inc. & Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources Power Plant Siting Program. 2010-2011. $120,000. Research study of wintering waterfowl and their benthic invertebrate prey near power plants in Maryland.
Johns Hopkins University and Microsoft Corp. 2006-2008. $25,000. Field testing wireless environmental sensor network using soil micro-probes.
NOAA. Construction and restoration grant. 2007. $85,000. Renovation of field research station/public

contact center.


Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 2004. $18,000. Wetlands research.
Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 2003. $16,000. Wetlands research.
Chesapeake Bay Trust. 2001. $7,000. Tidal Wetland Restoration of Wild Rice (Zizania aquatica).
Rauch Foundation, Baltimore. 2001. $18,000. University Research Intern Program.
CICEET (NOAA-Univ. of New Hampshire). 1998 – 2000. $180,000. Sediment/nutrient studies in wetlands. Co-investigator with R. Costanza, R. Boumans, and M. Ceroni,

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont.


Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. 1998 – 2002. $30,000.

Research and habitat restoration projects.


Abell Foundation; Knapp Foundation; France-Merrick Foundation; Clayton Baker Trust; NOAA;

Ducks Unlimited; Baltimore Gas & Electric. 1996 – 1998. $50,000.

Wetlands education displays and exhibits; with Friends of Jug Bay president Doug Kuzmiak.
Anne Arundel County Office of Planning. 1999. $8,800. Habitat restoration of riparian forest.
Soil Conservation Service, USDA. 1998. $2,400. Meadow habitat management (WHIP grant).
Chesapeake Bay Trust. 1995 – 1996. $2,000. Wetlands education for Anne Arundel County high school

students.


Chesapeake Bay Trust. 1995. $8,100. Annual conference of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Educators.
Chesapeake Bay Trust. 1994 – 1998. $3,000. Wetlands education for teachers.
Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. 1992 – 1994. $60,000. Environmental education and volunteer program enhancement.
Educational Positions and Experience

Teaching

Faculty (part-time). University of California, Merced. 2013 – 2014.

Courses: Earth System Science; Conservation Biology field course.
Faculty (part-time). Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs. 2002 – 2006.

Graduate Course: “Chesapeake Bay Ecology and Ecosystem Management.”


Biology Instructor (part-time). Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md. 1988 – 1990.

Course: Ornithology.


Instructor. Prince George's & Anne Arundel County Public Schools (MD) Staff Development Centers. Teacher training courses. 1988 – 1996.
Biology Instructor. Prince George's Community College, Largo, Md. January – May 1987.

Course: Conservation Biology.


Biology Instructor & Outreach Coordinator. Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. July 1984 – Dec 1986.
Biology Instructor. Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, Calif. 1983 – 1986.

Courses: Introduction to Biology; Evolution; Introduction to Ecology; Field Ornithology.


Teaching Assistant. California State University, East Bay. 1979 – 1980.

Courses: Introduction to Zoology; Ornithology.


Education Committee Experience

Member. Education Committee. Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, Md. 2007 – 2009.

Board Member. Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education. 1994 – 1996.

Education Committee Chair. Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, Md. 1992 – 1994.


Curricula Guides and Reports

Fleming, C. and C.W. Swarth. 1998. Ecology of an Estuary: Chesapeake Bay. A Guide for Middle School Teachers. A Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve publication. 104 pgs.


Haddon, A. M., C.W. Swarth, L. Zoller, K. Bangert, D. Canedo. K. Spencer, B. Sweeney, T. Peuleche, and J. Keaster. 1993. Environmental Education Resource Guide for Anne Arundel County Teachers. A Smithsonian Environmental Research Center publication. 79 pgs.
Student Research Interns Supervised at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (1989-2011)

As Director of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, I’ve supervised over 55 undergraduate and graduate university research interns from Cornell University, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, University of North Carolina, Univ. of Massachusetts, Connecticut College, St. Mary’s College, University of Maryland, University of New Hampshire, Hamilton College, Johns Hopkins University, University of North Dakota, Oregon State University and others.



Selected intern topics follow:
Giannini, Theresa, C.W. Swarth, M. Fogel and R. Bowden. 2011. Investigation of niche relations and diet of eastern mud turtles and common musk turtles based on stable isotope analyses. [Poster presented at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, Minn. June 2011.] Giannini is assistant curator of the Australian exhibit, National Aquarium at Baltimore.
Cordero, Antonio and C.W. Swarth. 2008. Spatial dynamics of the eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum) in an estuary on the Coastal Plain of Maryland, USA. [Poster presented at the 93rd annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and at the Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation conference, Powdermill, Pennsylvania]. Cordero is in a Ph.D. program at University of Iowa.
Moyer, Anna T., C.W. Swarth, and M.L. Fogel. 2005. Diet of eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) inhabiting upland and tidal wetland habitats. [Presentation at the annual conference of the Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Tampa Bay, Fl]. Moyer is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University.
Lentz, Jennifer A., C.W. Swarth, and E.H. Ernest. 2005. Home range and habitat preferences of eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Maryland. [Presentation at the annual conference of the Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Tampa Bay, Florida]. Lentz is in a Ph.D. program in Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University.
Sage, Joseph, C. W. Swarth, and M. Fogel. 2002. Diet determination of red-bellied turtles based on stable isotope analysis. [Presentation at a annual meeting of Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Kansas City]. Sage is with the Florida Natural Resources Department.
Crumrine, Patrick and C.W. Swarth. 1998. The effects of tides on the feeding patterns of the mummichog (Pisces: Fundulus heteroclitus) in a freshwater tidal wetland. [Presentation to the Ecological Society of America Conference, Baltimore]. Dr. Crumrine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Rowan University, New Jersey.
Szlavecz, K., C.W. Swarth, and Michelle Reynolds. 1996. Habitat selection and diet in the terrestrial marsh snail (Succineadea: Oxyloma effusa). [Presentation to the Ecological Society of America Conference, Providence, RI]. Reynolds is a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Hawaii.
Perry, Laura and C.W. Swarth. 1995. Diversity and distribution of plants in a freshwater tidal wetland. [presentation at the Fall 1995 conference of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Ocean City, Maryland]. Dr. Perry is with the U.S. Geological Survey at Colorado State University.
Ziegler, Susan, D. J. Velinsky, C.W. Swarth, and M. Fogel. 1993. A nitrogen flux study in a freshwater tidal wetland. [Presentation at the 12th Biennial Estuarine Research Federation International Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina]. Dr. Ziegler won an Award for Best Paper at this conference. Dr. Ziegler is Professor and Canada Chair of Environmental Science at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada.
Graduate Committees

Susan Matthews (MS – Johns Hopkins University)

Thesis: Movements and Habitat Use by Nesting Box Turtles; 2007.


Lora Wondolowski (MS – Bard College, NY)

Thesis: Diurnal Activity Patterns of Wintering Gulls at Jug Bay; 2002.


Conferences and Workshops organized

Session Chair and Co-organizer. Freshwater Tidal Wetlands. Biennial meeting of the Coast and Estuarine Research Federation. Portland, Oregon. November 2009.

Symposium Chair. Jug Bay Volunteer Research Symposium. Annapolis. 2008.

Conference Co-Chair. Box Turtle Conservation & Ecology Workshops. 2004; 2005; 2007; 2013.

Conference Co-organizer. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society. Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 2006.

Conference Organizing Committee. International conference of the Estuarine Research Federation, Norfolk, Virginia. November 2005.

Conference Co-organizer. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society. Calvert Marine Museum. 2005.

Chair. Wetland Research Conference, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. May 2003.

Chair. Conference on the Ecology & Conservation of Mid-Atlantic Turtles. October 1999.

Co-Chair. 11th Annual Conference - Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education. February 1996.

Chair. Conference on Plant Communities of Freshwater Tidal Wetlands. Fall 1995.

Committee Member. Nature Writing Workshop. (EPA-sponsored). 1994.


Conservation Activities

Leadership and Presentations

Member. Audubon Action Committee for Tricolored Blackbirds. 2014.

Member. Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee. Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources. 2005 – 2012.

Stream Steward. Friends of Sligo Creek. 2004 – present.

Member. Lucille Stickel Box Turtle Conservation Research Fund. 2008-2014.

Member. Box Turtle Advisory Group (Maryland State Highway Administration). 2006 – 2009.

Board Member (ex officio). Friends of Jug Bay. 1989 – present.

Board Member. Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society. 1999 – 2001.

Board Member. Audubon Naturalist Society, Washington, D.C. 1991 – 1995.

Board Member. Southern Maryland Audubon Society. 1989 – 1990.

Organizer. First Annual Potomac River Cleanup, Alice Ferguson Foundation. 1987.

Vice President. Golden Gate Audubon Society, Berkeley, California. 1984 – 1986.


Swarth, C.W. 2005. Conserving box turtles: we’ve got to do more. Presentation at the annual conference of the Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Lewes, Delaware.
Swarth, C.W. 2003. Biological assessment methods for wetland birds. Presentation at “Evaluating Wetland Condition for Nutrient Criteria: an Outreach Workshop”; US EPA Office of Science and Technology, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Swarth, C.W. 1999. Natural history and breeding biology of the red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris) on the tidal Patuxent River. Presentation at the conference, Conservation and Ecology of Turtles of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Laurel, Maryland.
Nichols, T. and C.W. Swarth. 1999. Wooton’s Landing Wetland Park: a cooperative wetland mitigation education project by state and county governments. Presentation at the “Communities Working for Wetlands” conference, Environmental Protection Agency, New Orleans.
Reports and Articles

Swarth, C.W. and S. Hagood (editors). 2005. Summary of the Eastern Box Turtle Regional Conservation Workshop: Recommendations for Action. Published by the Humane Society of the United States, Washington, D.C. 32 pgs.
Swarth, C.W. 2005. Home range characteristics of box turtles. Pgs 9-10. In: C.W. Swarth and S. Hagood (Eds.), Summary of the Eastern Box Turtle Regional Conservation Workshop: Recommendations for Action. Published by the Humane Society of the United States, Washington, D.C.
Lee, D.S., C.W. Swarth, and K.A. Buhlmann (editors.). 2004. Bog Turtle Conservation: Use of the Public and Private Sectors in Protection and Management of Small Isolated Wetlands. 61 pgs.
Swarth, C.W. 2005. Box Turtle Conservation: Can We Save Them Before It’s Too Late?

Audubon Naturalist News. March 2005.


Citizen Science/Environmental Volunteer Coordination

Leadership and Presentations

Editorial Board. The Volunteer Monitor newsletter (EPA publication). 1999 – 2004.


Swarth, C.W. 2007. Site-based ecological research using volunteers. Poster presented at the Citizen Science Toolkit conference, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.
Swarth, C.W. 1999. Using volunteers to monitor wetlands. Presentation at the “Communities Working for Wetlands” conference, Environmental Protection Agency, New Orleans.
Reports and Articles

Swarth, C.W. 2008. Volunteer Research Symposium. The Volunteer Monitor: National Newsletter of Volunteer Watershed Monitoring (EPA publ.) 19:6-7.

Swarth, C.W. 2003. Monitoring sea turtles. The Volunteer Monitor (EPA publ.) 15:10-12.
Friebele, E., C.W. Swarth, and K. Stafford. 2001. The Ecology and History of Jug Bay: A Volunteer Guide. A Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve publication. 105 pgs.
Swarth, C.W. 2000. The Great Herp Search: a survey technique for inventorying reptiles and amphibians. The Volunteer Monitor (EPA publ.) 12: 1:4-5.
Swarth, C.W. 1998. Wetlands: controversy and confusion. The Volunteer Monitor (EPA publ) 10:6-7.
Swarth, C.W. 1998. Monitoring turtles in wetlands. The Volunteer Monitor (EPA publ.) 10:20-21.
Bergstrom. P., S. Lehman, R. Pitt, S. Wildberger, C. Victoria, C.W. Swarth, A. Markowitz, and

S. Magri. 1996. Guidance Manual for Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring in Maryland. Maryland Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Association. 60 pgs.


Swarth C.W. 1992. Wetland monitoring techniques: volunteers can play an important role. Proceedings

of the Third National Citizen’s Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference, Annapolis, Md.

(EPA publication). pgs. 160 – 162.
Publication and Proposal Review Activities

Reviewer forMaryland Sea Grant; EPA Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program; Hudson River Foundation; National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship program.

Journals: Coasts and Estuaries; Southeast Naturalist; American Midland Naturalist; Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles; Waterbirds; the Volunteer Monitor (EPA).

Books: Urban Herpetology (SSAR); Stable Isotope Ecology (Springer);

Freshwater Tidal Wetlands (Backhuys Publishers, Leiden)


Panelist – Maryland Sea Grant Scientific Advisory Panel, University of Maryland. 2004 – 2007.

Memberships in Professional Organizations


Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

American Ornithologist's Union (Life Member)

The Association of Northeastern Biologists

California Academy of Sciences (Life Member)

San Diego Natural History Museum

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Society of Field Ornithologists

Maryland Ornithological Society

Current Collaborators


Dr. Marilyn Fogel, School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced

Mr. Phil Unitt, Curator of Birds, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, California

Dr. Lori Hargrove, San Diego Natural History Museum

Dr. Roberto Llanso, Versar Corporation, Columbia, Maryland

Dr. Wouter Bleeker, Canadian Geological Survey, Ottawa

Dr. Heather Cunningham, Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas



Mr. Glenn Therres, former director, Natural Heritage Program, Department of Natural Resources, MD
Other Activities

Hiking, birding, camping, running, kayaking, reading, landscaping, and home repairs


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