Conservation & Science
Mary Beth Manjerovic, Ph.D.
Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology; Urban Wildlife Institute
Ph.D. – Conservation Biology, University of Central Florida
M.S. – Wildlife and Fisheries Resource Management, West Virginia University
B.S. – Zoology, University of Maine
Areas of Expertise
- Disease ecology
- Conservation biology
- Urban Wildlife management
- Behavioral ecology
- Population genetics
Early on, Mary Beth discovered her passion for animals and teaching while volunteering at a private zoo that educated kids about animal ecology, care, and conservation.
Throughout all of her schooling, Mary Beth realized the value in combining laboratory and field data. Whether working with woodrats in West Virginia or squirrels in Africa, she always made sure both field and lab components were part of her research. Her time in Africa resulted in a desire to tackle real-world problems in conservation and management, leading her to a post-doc assessing chronic wasting disease prevalence in white-tailed deer. In 2013, she accepted the disease ecologist position with Lincoln Park Zoo to work with both the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology and the Urban Wildlife Institute. There, she continued to explore wildlife disease through research projects on various species, such as amphibians and bats.
In 2017, a love of teaching and amphibians took Mary Beth away from the physical zoo to the Appalachian Mountains, where she is currently an assistant professor of biology at Virginia Military Institute. Living in the highest salamander diversity in the world means she can continue to expand her work with the zoo and tackle real-world problems in conservation and management.
- Green, M. L., Kelly, A. C., Satterthwaite-Phillips, D., Manjerovic, M. B., Shelton, P., Novakofski, J., & Mateus-Pinilla, N. 2017. Reproductive characteristics of female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Midwestern USA. Theriogenology, 94, 71–78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2017.02.010.
- Sacerdote-Velat A, Manjerovic MB, and Santymire R. 2016. Preliminary survey of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis occurrence on an urban-rural gradient in the Chicago region of Illinois, USA. Herpetological Review 47(1): 57-58.
- Green ML, Monick K, Manjerovic MB, Novakofski J, and Mateus-Pinilla N. 2015. Communication stations: camera traps reveal river otter (Lontra canadensis) behavior and activity patterns at latrines. Journal of Ethology 33(3):225-234. doi:10.1007/s10164-015-0435-7.
- Manjerovic, M.B., Green, M.L., Miller, A.N. et al. 2015. Trash to treasure: assessing viability of wing biopsies for use in bat genetic research. Conservation Genetics Resources 7:325-327 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12686-014-0417-z/fulltext.html.
- Manjerovic MB and Waterman JM. 2015. ‘Failure to launch’: is there a reproductive cost to males living at home?. Journal of Mammalogy 96(1):144-150. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyu015.
- Green ML, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla N, and Novakofski J. 2014. Genetic assignment tests reveal dispersal of white-tailed deer: implications for chronic wasting disease. Journal of Mammalogy 95(3):646-654.
- Manjerovic MB, Green ML, Mateus-Pinilla N, and Novakofski J. 2014. The importance of localized culling in stabilizing chronic wasting disease prevalence in white-tailed deer. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2013.09.011.
- Green ML, Novakofski J, Green R, Manjerovic MB, and Mateus-Pinilla N. 2014. The scene of the crime: classroom integration of biosafety, microscopy and forensics. The American Biology Teacher 76:9.
- Green ML, Ting T-F, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla N, and Novakofski J. 2013. Noninvasive alternatives for DNA collection from threatened rodents. Natural Science 5:18-26.
- Manjerovic MB and Waterman JM. 2012. Immunological sex differences in socially promiscuous African ground squirrels. PLoS ONE 7(6): e38524. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038524.
- Scantlebury M, Danek-Gontard MC, Bateman PW, Bennett NC, Manjerovic MB, Joubert KE, and Waterman JM. 2012. Seasonal patterns of body temperature daily rhythms in group-living Cape ground squirrels Xerus inauris. PLoS ONE 7(4): e36053. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036053.
- Joubert KE, Serfontein T, Scantlebury M, Manjerovic MB, Bateman PW, Bennett NC, and Waterman JM. 2011. Determination of an optimal dose of medetomidine-ketamine-buprenorphine for anaesthesia in the Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris). Journal of the South African Veterinary Association, 82:94-96.
- Manjerovic MB, Waterman JM, Hoffman EA, and Parkinson CL. 2009. Characterization of nine microsatellite loci in the Cape ground squirrel, Xerus inauris, and their cross-utility in other species. In: Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources database 1 January 2009- 30 April 2009. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9:1375-1379.
- Manjerovic MB, Bohall Wood P, and Edwards JW. 2009. Mast and weather influences on population trends of a species of concern: the Allegheny woodrat. American Midland Naturalist, 162:52-61.
- Manjerovic MB, Waterman JM, Kinahan AA, Bennett NC, and Bateman PW. 2008. Structure and allometry of genitalia in males and females of a social African ground squirrel with high promiscuity. Journal of Zoology, 275:375-380.