University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Assistant Professor of Stream and Riparian Ecology

Steve PriceContact me
214 T.P. Cooper Building (office: 208A)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
Tel: 859-257-7610
Fax: 859-323-1031

Curriculum vitae

Price Lab Website

Research Interests

Research in the Price Lab focuses on the population ecology and conservation of semi-aquatic and aquatic animals.  Most of our research centers on reptiles and amphibians, groups that are experiencing severe and unprecedented population declines. Although we have broad interests, we often conduct research in the following areas: 1) examining the resistance and resilience of semi-aquatic reptile and amphibian populations to land-use and hydrologic change, and 2) assessing the influence of biophysical conditions on  population vital rates, such as survivorship, recruitment, and temporal emigration, and behaviors (e.g., movement).  Additionally, we have strong interests in wildlife monitoring and management, freshwater biology, forest ecology, urban ecology, vertebrate natural history and landscape ecology.

Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Cecala, K.K.*, S.J. Price and M.E. Dorcas.2013. Modeling the effects of life-history traits on estimation of population parameters for a cryptic species. Freshwater Science 32:116-125.

Hunt, S.D.*, J.C. Guzy, S.J. Price, B.J. Halstead, E.A. Eskew* and M.E. Dorcas.  2013.  Response of riparian zone reptile communities to damming and urbanization. Biological Conservation 157:277-284.

Price, S.J., R.A. Browne and M.E. Dorcas. 2012. Resistance and resilience of a stream salamander to supra-seasonal drought. Herpetologica 68:312-323.

Eskew, E.A.*, S.J. Price and M.E. Dorcas. 2012. Effects of river-flow regulation on anuran occupancy and abundance in riparian zones. Conservation Biology 26:504-512.

Price, S.J., R.A. Browne and M.E. Dorcas. 2012. Evaluating the effects of urbanization on salamander abundances using a before-after control-impact design. Freshwater Biology 57:193-203.

Price, S.J., E.A. Eskew*, K.K. Cecala*, R.A. Browne and M.E. Dorcas. 2012. Estimating survival of a streamside salamander: Importance of temporary emigration, capture response and location. Hydrobiologia 679:205-215.