Maria Eifler

Maria Eifler

Collection Manager
Dyche Hall, PSB

Eifler DA, Eifler MA (in press) Social foraging in the lizard Ameiva corax. Behavioral Ecology

Hedman HD, Alvarez HM, Hanghome GPK, Eifler MA, Eifler DA (2014) Reptiles of the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre. ICRF Reptiles & Amphibians 21:73–79

Eifler DA, Baipidi K, Eifler MA, Dittmer D, Nguluka, L (2012) Influence of prey encounter and prey identity on area-restricted searching in the lizard Pedioplanis namaquensis. Journal of Ethology 30:197-200 (DOI 10.1007/s10164-011-0293-x)

Eifler DA, Eifler MA, Brown TK (2012) Habitat selection by foraging Texas horned lizards, Phrynosoma cornutum. Southwestern Naturalist 57(1):39-43 (DOI 10.1894/0038-4909-57.1.39)

Eifler MA, Eifler DA (2011) Ameiva corax, Little Scrub Island ground lizard, feeding behavior.  Herpetological Review 42(2): 270-271

Eifler DA, Eifler MA (2010) Use of habitat by the semiaquatic lizard, Norops aquaticus. Southwestern Naturalist 55(3):470-473

Eifler DA, Eifler MA (2010) Characteristics and use of the tail in signaling by the zebra-tailed lizard (Callisaurus draconoides). Southwestern Naturalist 55(1):104-109

Eifler DA, Eifler MA, Harris B (2008) Foraging under the risk of predation in desert grassland whiptail lizards, Aspidoscelis uniparens. Journal of Ethology 26(2):219-223

Eifler DA, Eifler MA, Karnes T (2008) Effect of habitat visibility and displaying by side-blotched lizards (Uta stansburiana). Ethology, Ecology, and Evolution 20:283-289

Eifler DA, Eifler MA, Eifler EN (2007) Habitat use and movement patterns in the graceful crag lizard, Pseudocordylus capensis. African Zoology 42(2):152-157

Eifler MA, Slade NA, Doonan TJ (2003) The effect of supplemental food on the growth rates of neonatal, young, and adult cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) in northeastern Kansas, USA.  Acta Oecologica 24:187-193

Eifler DA, Eifler MA (1999) The influence of prey distribution on the foraging strategy of the lizard Oligosoma grande (Reptilia: Scincidae).  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 45:397-402

Eifler DA, Eifler MA (1999) Foraging behavior and spacing patterns of the lizard Oligosoma grande. Journal of Herpetology 33:632-639

Eifler MA, Slade NA (1999) Effect of weather on individual growth rates in cotton rats, Sigmodon hispidus. Journal of Mammalogy 80:1277-1287

Eifler MA, Slade NA (1998) Activity patterns in relation to body mass and ambient temperature among overwintering cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus). Canadian Journal of Zoology 76:668-672

Eifler DA, Eifler MA (1998) Foraging behavior and spacing patterns of the lizard Cnemidophorus uniparens. Journal of Herpetology, 32:24-33

Slade NA, Eifler MA, Gruenhagen NM, Davelos AL (1993) Differential effectiveness of standard and long Sherman livetraps in capturing small mammals. Journal of Mammalogy 74:156-161

Pfister DH, Boise JR, Eifler MA (1990) A bibliography of taxonomic mycological literature 1753-1821.  Mycologia Memoir no. 17, 161 pp


Ph.D.  1998, University of Kansas, Systematics and Ecology
M.S.  1986, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Ecology
B.A.  1984, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, Psychology; emphasis on Behavioral Biology

Current Academic Appointments: 

2010-               Zoologist, Erell Institute, Lawrence, KS
2011-               Adjunct Instructor, Science Division, Johnson County Community College

Previous Academic Appointments: 

2007-2009       Collections Specialist: University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, Mammal Division, Lawrence, KS
2004-2007       IRACDA Post-doctoral Fellow: University of Kansas; Lawrence, Kansas
2000-2004       Elementary School Teacher: Raintree Montessori School; Lawrence, Kansas
1999-2000       Assistant Professor of Biology: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; Stevens Point, Wisconsin
1998-1999       Post-doctoral Fellow: U. Kansas Natural History Museum, Mammal Division; Lawrence, Kansas
1989-1990       Instructor of Biology Laboratories: Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts
1988-1989       Research Bibliographer: Harvard University Herbaria; Cambridge, Massachusetts
1987-1988       Research Technician: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sirenia Project; Gainesville, FL
1986-1987       Museum Technician: Florida State Museum, Vertebrate Collections; Gainesville, Florida


2011-2013:  National Science Foundation, “IRES [International Research Experience for Students]: Behavioral ecology of reptiles in the Namib Desert, Namibia” (Co-PI with D.A. Eifler), $150,000
1998-1999:  National Geographic Society, "Social organization of the gregarious Australian lizard, Egernia cunninghami," (Co-Investigator with D. A. Eifler as PI), $10,100
1995:  Panorama Society, University of Kansas Natural History Museum, "Activity patterns in overwintering cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus)," $500


Animal Behavior: Haskell Indian Nations University (Instructor; 2005, 2006)
Animal Behavior Laboratory: Canisius College (Teaching Assistant; 1982-1984)
Biology of Organisms: Johnson County Community College (Instructor; 2011)
Biostatistics: University of Kansas (Teaching Assistant; 1996, 1997)
Ecology: Haskell Indian Nations University (Instructor; 2005)
Environmental Science Lab (Instructor; 2014)
General Botany: Johnson County Community College (Instructor; 2012)
Introductory Biology:  Interpretive Field Ecology:  University of Kansas (Instructor; 1994-1996)
Introductory Biology:  Laboratories: University of Kansas (Instructor; 1993, 1995)
Introductory Biology:  Lectures & Labs: University of Tennessee (Instructor; 1984-1986)
Introductory Biology:  Lectures & Labs: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (Instructor; 1999-2000)
Introductory Biology:  Lectures & Labs:  Johnson County Community College (Instructor, non-majors; 2013-2014)
Introductory Zoology: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (Instructor; 1999-2000)
Genetics, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Laboratories: Harvard University (Teaching Assistant; 1990) Genetics: University of Tennessee (Teaching Assistant; 1986)
Mammalogy: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (Instructor; 1999-2000)
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Laboratories:  Harvard University (Teaching Assistant; 1989)
Plant Ecology Laboratories: University of Botswana (Instructor; 2010)

Undergraduate Student Advising: 

2014:  Trained and supervised 2 University of Kansas undergraduate students in field ecology and behavioral biology methods and guided them through independent research projects on Little Scrub Island, Anguilla, British West Indies
2011-2013:  Mentored 8 Native American, 5 Namibian, and 2 University of Botswana undergraduate students working on individual independent research projects in the Namib Desert, Namibia
2011:  Trained and supervised 1 University of Botswana and 1 University of California, Berkeley undergraduate assisting in co-authored work on social networking in ground lizards (Ameiva corax) on Little Scrub Island, Anguilla, British West Indies
2009-2010:  Mentored 1 University of Botswana undergraduate for his senior thesis project centered on area restricted searching in foraging Namaqua sand lizards (Pedioplanis namaquensis) in the western Kalahari Desert, Botswana (Eifler et al. 2012a)
2010:  Guided 8 University of Botswana undergraduates working on independent projects for their Plant Ecology class in the western Kalahari Desert, Botswana
2010:  Taught 5 students (3 undergraduates, 2 post-graduates) field techniques and oversaw the development of lizard field ecology research projects in the Namib Desert, Namibia