Presentations
 

Publications

Rotger, A., J.M. Igual, J.J. Smith, G. Tavecchia. 2016. Relative role of population density and climatic factors in shaping the body growth rate of Lilford’s Wall Lizard (Podarcis lilfordi). Canadian Journal of Zoology 94: 207-215.

Smith, C.F., Schuett G.W., Amarello M. 2015. Male mating success in a North American pitviper: influence of body size, testosterone, and spatial metrics. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115: 185–194.

Clark, R., G.W. Schuett, R.A. Repp, M. Amarello, C.F. Smith, and H-W. Herrmann. 2014. Mating systems, reproductive success, and sexual selection in secretive species: a case study of the rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox. PLoS ONE 9:e90616+.

Thompson, M.E., B.J. Halstead, G.D. Wylie, M. Amarello, J.J. Smith, M.L. Casazza, and E.J. Routman. 2013. Effects of prescribed fire on Coluber constrictor mormon in coastal San Mateo County, California. Herpetological Conservation & Biology 8: 602-615.

Schuett, G.W., R.A. Repp, M. Amarello, and C.F. Smith. 2013. Unlike most vipers, female rattlesnakes continue to hunt and feed throughout pregnancy. Journal of Zoology 289: 101-110.

Amarello, M. 2012. Social Snakes? Non-random association patterns detected in a population of Arizona black rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerberus). Master’s thesis, Arizona State University, U.S.A.

Smith, J.J. and M. Amarello. 2012. The story of Chris, the Arizona black rattlesnake. The Nature Conservancy’s Field Notes Fall 2012: 10-12.

Amarello, M. and J.J. Smith. 2012. Social Snakes? The role of kin selection in rattlesnake aggregations. Sonoran Herpetologist 25: 129-130.

Halstead, B.J., G.D. Wylie, M. Amarello, J.J. Smith, M.E. Thompson, E.J. Routman, and M.L. Casazza. 2011. Demography of the San Francisco Gartersnake in Coastal San Mateo County, California. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2: 41-48.

Wylie, G.D., J.J. Smith, M. Amarello, and M.L. Casazza. 2011. A taping method for external transmitter attachment on aquatic snakes. Herpetological Review 42: 187-191.

Amarello, M., E.M. Nowak, E.N. Taylor, G.W. Schuett, R.A. Repp, P.C. Rosen, and D.L. Hardy. 2010. Potential environmental influences on variation in body size and sexual size dimorphism among Arizona populations of the western diamond-backed rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). Journal of Arid Environments 74: 1443-1449.

Smith, J.J, M. Amarello, and M. Goode. 2010. Seasonal growth of free-ranging Gila monsters (Heloderma suspectum) in a southern Arizona population. Journal of Herpetology 44: 484-488.

Amarello, M., K. Bonine, and D. Lazcano. 2008. Factors influencing the antipredator behavior of Mexican lance-headed rattlesnakes (Crotalus polystictus) toward humans. Pp. 229-234 in W.K. Hayes, K.R.Beaman, M.D. Cardwell, and S.P. Bush (eds.), The Biology of Rattlesnakes. Loma Linda University Press, Loma Linda, CA.

Goode, M., J.J. Smith, and M. Amarello. 2008. Seasonal and annual variation in home range and movements of tiger rattlesnakes (Crotalus tigris) in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Pp. 327-334 in W.K. Hayes, K.R. Beaman, M.D. Cardwell, and S.P. Bush (eds.), The Biology of Rattlesnakes. Loma Linda University Press, Loma Linda, CA.

Smith, J.J., M. Goode, and M. Amarello. 2008. Changes in structure and composition of Sonoran Desert reptile communities associated with golf courses. Pp. 311-320 in J.C. Mitchell, R.E. Jung Brown, and B. Bartholomew (eds.), Urban Herpetology. Herpetological Conservation Vol. 3, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Salt Lake City, UT.

Amarello, M. and M. Goode. 2003. Crotalus tigris (Tiger Rattlesnake) diet. Herpetological Review 35(2): 177.

Amarello, M. and M. Goode. 2003. Trimorphodon biscutatus (Western Lyresnake) predation. Herpetological Review 35(2): 182.

Amarello, M., K. Setser, and M. Goode. Masticophis flagellum (Coachwhip) diet. Herpetological Review 35(2): 178.
 

 

 

Presentations

Amarello, M. and J.J. Smith. 2015. How (and why) we’re changing how people view and treat snakes. Compassionate Conservation 2015. Vancouver, Canada.

Amarello, M., J.J. Smith, and M.G. Starkey. 2014. Advocates for Snake Preservation: the future of snake conservation. Biology of the Pitvipers 2. Tulsa, OK.

Smith, J.J. and M. Amarello. 2014. SnakeBook: the Arizona black rattlesnake social network. Biology of the Pitvipers 2. Tulsa, Oklahoma. (poster)

Amarello, M. and J.J. Smith. 2012. Social snakes? Arizona black rattlesnake aggregations exhibit hallmarks of sociality. World Congress of Herpetology. Vancouver, Canada. Won the Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Award for best student presentation.

Amarello, M., J.J. Smith, and J. Slone. 2011. Family Values: Rattlesnake parental care is more than just attendance. Behavior 2011. Bloomington, Indiana. (poster) Press coverage: Good Mother Rattlesnake (in Meeting Notes, Science News)

Amarello, M. and D.F. DeNardo. 2011. SnakeBook: An Arizona black rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus) social network. Current Research on Herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert V. Tucson, Arizona.

Amarello, M., J.J. Smith, and J. Slone. 2011. Family Values: Rattlesnake parental care is more than just attendance. Biology of the Rattlesnakes Symposium. Tucson, Arizona. Press coverage: No need to be rattled; like you, this fella’s not looking for a fight (Arizona Daily Star)

Amarello, M. and J.J. Smith. 2009. A snake of a different color: physiological color change in Arizona black rattlesnakes. Snake Ecology Group. Donnelly, Idaho. (poster)

Amarello, M., E.M. Nowak, E.N. Taylor, G.W. Schuett, R.A. Repp, P.C. Rosen, and D.L. Hardy. 2009. Body size variation among Arizona populations of the western diamond-backed rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) is predicted by GIS-based estimates of isothermality and precipitation. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Boston, Massachusetts.

Bockoven, A., M. Amarello, and M.W. Sears. 2009. Implications of tradeoffs between crypsis and thermoregulation for the evolution of animal coloration. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Boston, Massachusetts. (poster)

Amarello, M. and J.J. Smith. 2008. Patterns of growth and activity in young Gila monsters (Heloderma suspectum). Current Research on Herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert IV. Tucson, Arizona. (poster)

Amarello, M., D. Lazcano, and K.E. Bonine. 2006. Conducta defensiva de la cascabel hocico de puerco (Crotalus polystictus). Ninth Reunion Nacional de Herpetologia Mexico. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. (poster)

Amarello, M., J.J. Smith, and M. Goode. 2006. Can golf courses sustain populations of Sonoran desert reptiles and amphibians? Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. New Orleans, Louisiana. (invited)