Kyle Barrett

Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Biological Sciences Department

Office: 244 Lehotsky Hall
Phone: 864-656-1847
Personal Website:


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Biology
Auburn University 2009

M.S. Biology
Missouri State University 2002

B.S. Biology
Middle Tennessee State University 1999

 Courses Taught

Natural Resource Measurements (ENR 3020)
Wetland Wildlife Biology (WFB 4620/6620)
Ecology Readings in Biology (BIOL 8070)
Global Change Ecology (WFB 8530)
Analysis of Ecological Communities (WFB 8610)


Dr. Kyle Barrett is an ecologist whose research focuses on the response of species to large-scale stressors such as climate change, invasive species, and land use change. Dr. Barrett is interested in linking research to conservation and management decisions, so he frequently works with a number of federal and state agencies. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America and The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Dr. Barrett enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, running, hiking, and watching sports.

 Research Interests

Dr. Kyle Barrett is an ecologist whose research focuses on conservation of threatened species as well as the response of species to large-scale stressors such as climate change, invasive species, and land use change.


Newman, J., E.A. Riddell, L.A. Williams, M.W. Sears, and K. Barrett. 2022. Integrating physiology into correlative models can alter projections of habitat suitability under climate change for a threatened amphibian. Ecography 2022:e06082.

Vaughan, M.C., D.L. Hagan, W.C. Bridges, K. Barrett, S. Norman, T.A. Coates, and R. Klein. 2022. Effects of burn season on fire-excluded plant communities in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 516:120244.

Knoerr, M.D., A.M. Tutterow, G.J. Graeter, S.E. Pittman, and K. Barrett. 2022. Population models reveal the importance of early life-stages for population stability of an imperiled turtle species. Animal Conservation 25:53-64.

Barrett, K. and S.L. Rodriguez. 2021. What sources are natural resource managers using to make decisions? Journal of Wildlife Management 85:1543-1553.

Oakman, E.C., D.L. Hagan, T.A. Waldrop, and K. Barrett. 2021. Understory community shifts in response to repeated fire and fire surrogate treatments in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Fire Ecology 17:7 PDF

Clément, M.A., J. Shonfield, E.M. Bayne, R. Baldwin, and K. Barrett. 2021. Quantifying vocal activity and detection probability to inform survey methods for Barred Owls (Strix varia). Journal of Raptor Research 55. PDF

Hutto, D., Jr., K. Barrett. 2021. Do urban open spaces provide refugia for frogs in urban environments. PLOS ONE 16:e0244932.

Knoerr, M.D., G.J. Graeter, and K. Barrett. 2021. Hatch success and recruitment patterns of the bog turtle. Journal of Wildlife Management 85:293-302. (Mike's photo was selected for the cover)

Clément, M.A., K. Barrett, R.F. Baldwin, C.M. Bodinof Jachowski, A. Carter, and D. Brinker. 2021. An unexpected backyard hunter: breeding barred owls exhibit plasticity in habitat selection along a development gradient. Urban Ecosystems 24:175-186.

Barrett, K., C. Guyer, and D.A. Steen. 2020. The evolutionary community concept is fully armed and operational: a reply to Sagoff. Biology & Philosophy 35:57.

McGowan, C.P., N.F. Angeli, W.A. Beisler, C. Snyder, N.M. Rankin, J.O. Woodrow, J.K. Wilson, E. Rivenbark, A. Schwarzer, C.E. Hand, R. Anthony, R.K. Griffin, K. Barrett, A.A. Haverland, N.S. Roach, T. Schnieder, A.D. Smith, F.M. Smith, J.D.M. Tolliver, B.D. Watts. 2020. Linking monitoring and data analysis to predictions and decisions for the range-wide eastern black rail status assessment. Endangered Species Research 43:209-222.

Dertien, J.S., S. Self, B.E. Ross, K. Barrett, R.F. Baldwin. 2020. The relationship between biodiversity and wetland cover varies across regions of the conterminous United States. PLOS ONE 15:e0232052.

Stratmann, T.S.M., T. M. Floyd, and K. Barrett. 2020. Habitat and history influence abundance of a threatened turtle. Journal of Wildlife Management 84:331-343.

Newman, J.C. , J.L. Mota, R.H. Hardman, J.W. Dillman, and K. Barrett. 2019. Pathogen detection in Green Salamanders in South Carolina, USA. Herpetological Review 50:503-505.

Clement, M., K. Barrett, and R.F. Baldwin. 2019. Key habitat features facilitate the presence of barred owls in developed landscapes. Avian Ecology and Conservation 14:12.

Oakman, E.C., D.L. Hagan, T.A. Waldrop, and K. Barrett. 2019. Understory vegetation response to 15 years of repeated fuel reduction treatments in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Forests 10:350.

Newman, J.C., K. Barrett, and J.W. Dillman. 2018. Green salamander estimated abundance and environmental associations in South Carolina. Journal of Herpetology 52:438-444.

Weaver, N. and K. Barrett. 2018. In-stream habitat predicts salamander occupancy and abundance better than landscape-scale factors within exurban watersheds in a global diversity hotspot. Urban Ecosystems 21:97-105.

Steen D.A., K. Barrett, E. Clarke, and C. Guyer. 2017. Conceptualizing communities as natural entities: a philosophical argument with basic and applied implications. Biology & Philosophy 32:1019-1034.

Samoray, S.T. and K. Barrett. 2017. A unique winter roosting location for a northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). Bat Research News 58:34.

Weaver, N., K. Barrett, and D.L. Hagan. 2017. The influence of exurban landscapes and local site characteristics on riparian vegetation. Urban Ecosystems 20:1141-1150.

Barrett, K., J.A. Crawford, Z. Reinstein, and J.R. Milanovich. 2017. Detritus quality produces species-specific tadpole growth and survivorship responses in experimental wetlands. Journal of Herpetology 51:227-231.

Radanovic, M., J.R. Milanovich, K. Barrett, and J.A. Crawford. 2017. Stable isotopes reveal an invasive plant contributes more than native sources to anuran larval diets. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 32:328-338.

Roach, N.S., E.A. Hunter, N.P. Nibbelink, and K. Barrett. 2017. Poor transferability of a distribution model for a widespread coastal marsh bird in the southeastern United States. Ecosphere 8:e01715.

Milanovich, J.R., K. Barrett, and J.A. Crawford. 2016. Detritus quality and locality determines survival and mass, but not export, of wood frogs at metamorphosis. PLoS ONE 11:e0166296.

Johnson, B.A., J.A. Homyack, K. Barrett, and R.F. Baldwin. 2016. Factors influencing herpetofaunal assemblages of aquatic systems in a managed pine forest. Forest Ecology and Management 379:124-132.

Barrett, K., C. Guyer, S.T. Samoray, and Y. Kanno. 2016. Stream and riparian habitat use by anurans along a forested gradient in western Georgia, USA. Copeia 104:570-576.

Stratmann, T.S.M., K. Barrett, and T.M. Floyd. 2016. Locating rare habitat for a rare species: evaluation of a species distribution model for bog turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) in the southeastern United States. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 11:199-213.

Johnson, B., K. Barrett, J.A. Homyack, and R.F. Baldwin. 2016. Anuran occupancy and breeding site use of aquatic systems in a managed pine landscape. Forest Ecology and Management 368:45-54.

Maerz, J.C., K. Barrett, K.K. Cecala, and J.L. DeVore. 2015. Detecting enigmatic declines of a once common salamander in the Coastal Plain of Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist 14:771-784.

Hunter, E., N.P. Nibbelink, C.R. Alexander, K. Barrett, L.F. Mengak, R.K. Guy, C.T. Moore, and R.J. Cooper. 2015. Coastal vertebrate exposure to predicted habitat changes due to sea level rise. Environmental Management 6:1528-1537.

Roach, N. and K. Barrett. 2015. Managed habitats increase occupancy of Black Rails (Laterallus jamaicensis) and may buffer impacts from sea level rise. Wetlands 35:1065-1076.

Barrett, K., D.A. Steen, S.C. Sterrett, W.B. Sutton, and S.P. Graham. 2015. Desmognathus quadramaculatus (Black-bellied Salamander). Maximum clutch size. Herpetological Review 46:409.

Steen, D.A. and K. Barrett. 2015. Should states value species at the edge of their geographic range? Journal of Wildlife Management 79:872-876.

Sutton, W.B., K. Barrett, A.T. Moody, C.S. Loftin, P.G. deMaynadier, and P. Nanjappa. 2015. Predicted changes in climatic niche and climate refugia of conservation priority salamander species in the northeastern United States. Forests 6:1-26.

Barrett, K. N.P. Nibbelink, and J.C. Maerz. 2014. Identifying priority species and conservation opportunities under future climate scenarios: amphibians in a biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5:282-297.

Barrett, K. and S.J. Price. 2014. Urbanization and stream salamanders: a review, conservation options, and research needs. Freshwater Science 33:927-940.

Milanovich, J.R., W.E. Peterman, K. Barrett, and M.E. Hopton. 2012. Do species distribution models predict species richness in urban and natural green spaces? An amphibian case study. Landscape and Urban Planning 107:409-418.

Barrett, K., S.T. Samoray, B.S. Helms, and C. Guyer. 2012. Southern Two-Lined Salamander diets in urban and forested streams in western Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist 11:287-296.

Liao, W.B., Q.G. Wu, and K. Barrett. 2012. Evolution of sexual dimorphism in the forelimb muscles of Andrew’s Toad (Bufo andrewsi) in response to putative sexual selection. Animal Biology 62:83-93.

Barrett, K., B.S. Helms, C. Guyer, J.E. Schoonover. 2010. Linking process to pattern: causes of stream-breeding amphibian decline in urbanized watersheds. Biological Conservation 143:1998-2005.

Barrett, K. B. Helms, S.T. Samoray, and C. Guyer. 2010. Growth patterns of a stream vertebrate differ between urban and forested catchments. Freshwater Biology 55:1628-1635.

Barrett, K., C. Guyer, D. Watson. 2010. Water from urban streams slows growth and speeds metamorphosis in Fowler’s Toad (Bufo fowleri) larvae. Journal of Herpetology 44:297-300.

Barrett, K., C.M. Romagosa, and M.I. Williams. 2008. North American bird community dynamics in rural and urban habitats. Research Letters in Ecology Q4.

Barrett, K. and C. Guyer. 2008. Differential responses of amphibians and reptiles in riparian and stream habitats to land use disturbances in western Georgia, USA. Biological Conservation 141:2290-2300.

Barrett, K., W.B. Anderson, D. A. Wait, L.L. Grismer, G.A. Polis, and M.D. Rose. 2005. Marine subsidies alter the diet and abundance of insular and coastal lizard populations. Oikos 109:145-153.

Barrett, K., D.A. Wait, and W.B. Anderson. 2003. Small island biogeography in the Gulf of California: Lizards, the subsidized island biogeography hypothesis. Journal of Biogeography 30:1575-1581.


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