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Carl Maresh

Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Kinesiology

(614) 292-3675

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Dr. Carl Maresh is a professor and the Department Chair of Human Sciences. His first professional appointment was director of the Health Institute at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He was then recruited to the Midwest Research Institute (presently MRI Global) in Kansas City where he served as a senior research scientist in the departments of bio-organic chemistry and bio-behavioral sciences. Prior to assuming his position at The Ohio State University in 2014, Dr. Maresh was a board of trustees distinguished professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut where he held joint appointments in the departments of physiology & neurobiology, nutritional sciences, physical therapy and the School of Medicine. He is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Widely acknowledged as an eminent scholar in exercise science, Dr. Maresh’s contributions have influenced the way people view the importance of exercise across the lifespan, including the efficacy of structured exercise in clinically compromised patients. His research on the physiological responses to different environmental stressors, and on optimum methods of hydration, has greatly increased our knowledge of how the human body manages such challenges and has wide applications to injury and disease prevention, and performance enhancement in both neutral and extreme environments. His extramural funding, in excess of $12 million, has been secured from government, corporate, and professional agencies.

Dr. Maresh has dedicated himself to comprehensively serving his research and academic departments, and his professional organizations. At the University of Connecticut, as director of the Human Performance Laboratory for 29 years, and department head of kinesiology from 1998-2012, he was responsible for bringing together a truly renowned group of scientists. As a result, his department was ranked over a 10 year period as the No. 1 kinesiology doctoral program in the United States. Dr. Maresh also proudly served as a member and/or chair of several IRBs for studies involving human subjects spanning 18 years. He is a member of seven professional organizations, having served in several capacities including membership on a national board of trustees, as president and associate editor. He has served on peer review panels and/or study sections for NIH, DOD and NASA.


  • PhD, Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, 1976-1981
  • Graduate studies in Anatomy, Physiology, and Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 1974-1976
  • MS, Health and Exercise Science, California State University-Fullerton, 1973
  • BS, Health and Physical Education, California State University-Fullerton, 1971 

Selected Publications

  1. Sanders, K., C.M. Maresh, K.D. Ballard, B.C. Creighton, J.L. Pryor, W.J. Kraemer, J.S. Volek, and J.M. Anderson.  Habitual exercise may maintain endothelium-dependent dilation in overweight postmenopausal women. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 23:40-46, 2015. 
  2. Volk, B.M., L.J. Kunces, D.J. Freidenreich, B.R. Kupchak, C. Saenz, J.C. Artistizabal, M.L. Fernandez, R.S. Bruno, C.M. Maresh, W.J. Kraemer, S.D. Phinney, and J.S. Volek. Effects of step-wise increases in dietary carbohydrate on circulating saturated fatty acids and palmitoleic acid in adults with metabolic syndrome. PLoS One 9(11): e113605. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 0113605, 2014.
  3. Maresh, C.M., B. Sökmen, L.E. Armstrong, J.C. Dias, J.P Pryor, B.C. Creighton, C.X. Muñoz, J.M. Apicella, D.J. Casa, E.C. Lee, J.M. Anderson, and W.J. Kraemer. Repetitive box lifting performance is impaired in a hot environment: Implications for altered work-rest cycles. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 11: 460-468, 2014.
  4. Szivak, T.K., W.J. Kraemer, B.C. Nindl, L.A. Gotshalk, J.S. Volek, A.L. Gomez, C. Dunn-Lewis, D.P. Looney, B.A. Comstock, D.R. Hooper, S.D. Flanagan, and C.M. Maresh. Relationships of physical performance tests to military-relevant tasks in women. United States Army Medical Department Journal 2-14:20-26, 2014.
  5. Armstrong, L.E., M.S. Ganio, J. Klau, E.C. Johnson, D.J. Casa, and C.M. Maresh. Novel hydration assessment techniques employing thirst and a water intake challenge in healthy men.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 39:138-144, 2014.
  6. Kraemer, W.J., D.L. Hatfield, B.A. Comstock, M.S. Fragala, P.M. Davitt, C. Cortis, J.M. Wilson, E.C. Lee, R.U. Newton, C. Dunn-Lewis, K. Hakkinen, T.K. Szivak, D.R. Hooper, S.D. Flanagan, D.P. Looney, M.T. White, J.S. Volek, and C.M. Maresh. Influence of HMB supplementation and resistance training on cytokine responses to resistance exercise. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 33:247-255, 2014.
  7. DiStefano, L.J., D.J.Casa, M.M. VanSumeren, R.L. Karslo, R.A. Huggins, J.K. DiMartini, R.L. Stearns, L.E. Armstrong, and C.M. Maresh.  Hypohydration and hyperthermia impair neuromuscular control after exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 45:1166-1173, 2013.
  8. Apicella, J.M., E.C. Lee, B.L. Bailey, C. Saenz, J.M. Anderson, S.A.S. Craig, W.J. Kraemer, J.S. Volek, and C.M. Maresh. Betaine supplementation enhances anabolic endocrine and Akt signaling in response to acute bouts of exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology 113: 793-802, 2013.
  9. Poh, P.Y., L.E. Armstrong, D.J. Casa, L.S. Pescatello, B.P. McDermott, H. Emmanuel, and C.M. Maresh.  Orhtostatic hypotension after 10 days of exercise-heat acclimation and 28 hours of sleep loss.  Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine 83:403-411, 2012.
  10. Hom, L.L., E.C. Lee, J.M. Apicella, S.D. Wallace, H. Emmanuel, J.F. Klau, P.Y. Poh, S. Marzano, L.E. Armstrong, D.J. Casa, and C.M. Maresh.  Eleven days of moderate exercise and heat exposure induces acclimation without significant HSP70 and apoptosis responses of lymphocytes in college-aged men.  Cell Stress and Chaperones 17:29-39, 2011. 
  11. Fragala, M.S., W.J. Kraemer, A.M. Mastro,  C.R. Denegar, J.S. Volek, K. Hakkinen, J.M. Anderson, E.C. Lee, and C.M. Maresh.  Leukocyte beta2-adrenergic receptor expression in response to resistance exercise.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 43:1422-1432, 2011.
  12. Nindl, B.C., J.A. Alemany, A.P. Tuckow, K.R. Rarick, J.S. Staab, W.J. Kraemer, C.M. Maresh, B.A. Spiering, D.L. Hatfield, A. Flyvberg, and J.F. Frystyk.  Circulating bioactive and immunoreactive IGF-I concentrations remain stable in young healthy women despite positive physical fitness improvements after 8 weeks of resistance, aerobic and combined exercise training.  Journal of Applied Physiology 109:112-120, 2010.
  13. Lester, M.E., M.L. Urso, R.K. Evans, J.R. Pierce, B.A. Spiering, C.M. Maresh, D.L.
  14. Hatfield, W.J. Kraemer, and B.C. Nindl.  Influence of exercise mode and osteogenic index on bone biomarker responses during short-term training.  Bone45:768-776, 2009.
  15. Judelson, D.A., C.M. Maresh, L.M. Yamamoto, M.J. Farrell,  L.E. Armstrong, W.J. Kraemer, J.S. Volek, B.A. Spiering, D. J. Casa and J.M. Anderson.  Effect of hydration state on resistance exercise-induced endocrine markers of anabolism, catabolism, and metabolism.  Journal of Applied Physiology 105:816-824, 2008.
  16. Casa, D.J., B.P. McDermott, E.C. Lee, S.W. Yeargin, L.E. Armstrong, and C.M. Maresh.  Cold-water immersion: the gold standard for treatment of exertional heatstroke treatment.  Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews 35:141-149, 2007
  17. Maresh, C.M., M.J. Whittlesey, L.E. Armstrong, L.M. Yamamoto, D.A. Judelson, K.E. Fish, D.J. Casa, S.A. Kavouras, and V.D. Castracane.  Effect of hydration state on testosterone and cortisol responses to training-intensity exercise in collegiate runners.  International Journal of Sports Medicine 27:765-770, 2006.
  18. Maresh, C.M., B. Sökmen, W.J. Kraemer, J.R. Hoffman, G. Watson, D.A. Judelson, C.L. Gabaree-Boulant, M.R. Deschenes, J.L. VanHeest, and L.E. Armstrong.  Pituitary-adrenal responses to arm versus leg exercise in untrained men.  European Journal of Applied Physiology 97:471-477, 2006. 
  19. Bolster, D.R., M.A. Pikosky, P.C. Gaine, W.F. Martin, R.R. Wolfe, K.D. Tipton, D.A. MacLean, C.M. Maresh, and N.R. Rodriguez.  Dietary protein intake impacts skeletal muscle protein fractional synthetic rates following endurance exercise.  American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism 289:E678-E683, 2005.
  20. Maresh, C.M. and D.A. Judelson.  Alterations in arginine vasopressin with exercise, environmental stress and other modifying factors.  In The Endocrine System in Sport and Exercise W.J. Kraemer and A.D. Rogol (Eds.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 487-498, 2005.