Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell

Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell

Professor and Department Head

(336) 334-4960
435 Eberhart Building


Behavior, ecology, and energetic of wild mammals especially bats and rodents.


Ph.D., University of Western Ontario


My teaching and research interests include the behavior and ecology of wild mammals, especially bats and rodents and their use of ultrasound. I have taught classes in vertebrate zoology and ecology. I am a past chair of the North American Society for Bat Research.  I give regular presentations to the public about wildlife conservation, including a popular Halloween season program on bats.

Representative Publications:

Petric R. and Kalcounis-Rueppell MC. 2013 (In Press). Female and male adult brush mice (Peromsycus boylii) use ultrasonic vocalizations in the wild. Behaviour.

Kalcounis-Rueppell MC, Briones KM, Homyack JA, Petric R, Marshall MM, and Miller DA. 2013. Hard forest edges act as conduits, not filters, for bats. Wildlife Society Bulletin 9999:1–6; 2013; DOI: 10.1002/wsb.289 (proof)

Briones KM, Homyack JA, Miller DA, Kalcounis-Rueppell MC. 2013. Intercropping switchgrass with loblolly pine does not influence the functional role of the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus). Biomass and Bioenergy 54:191-200.

Marshall MM, Lucia KE, Homyack JA, Miller DA, and Kalcounis-Rueppell MC. 2012. Effect of removal of woody biomass after clear-cutting and intercropping switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) with loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) on rodent diversity and populations. International Journal of Forestry Research 2012:1-11. Article ID 703970

Briggs, JR and Kalcounis-Rueppell MC. 2011. Similar acoustic structure and behavioral context of vocalizations produced by male and female California mice.Animal Behaviour 82:1263-1273.

Kalcounis-Rueppell MC, Petric R, Briggs JR, Carney C, Marshall MM, Willse JT, Rueppell O, Ribble DO, and Crossland JP. 2010. Differences in ultrasonic vocalizations between wild and laboratory California mice (Peromyscus californicus). PLoS ONE.


Vertebrate Zoology (BIO 370)
Vertebrate Zoology Lab (BIO 370L)
Animal Behavior (BIO/PSY 438)