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Division of Biology

Division of Biology
Kansas State University
116 Ackert Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-6653 fax

Martha Mather, Associate Professor

Martha Mather

Assistant Unit Leader, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
*Federal employee

Contact information

204B Leasure Hall
(785) 532-6522

Lab website: http://www.k-state.edu/kscfwru/Mather/Index.html


Ph.D., 1990, The Ohio State University. Zoology.

Area(s) of Specialization

Fish ecology, aquatic community ecology

Research Focus

I work at the interface of basic and applied ecology and seek to understand how mobile consumers function within and consequently impact aquatic communities and ecosystems. My research has four facets: (1) Using science to address applied conservation problems; (2) Patterns, drivers and consequences of consumer (fish) movements; (3) How environmental heterogeneity, especially fragmentation, alters spatial patterns of biodiversity; (4) Integrated bio-social approaches to sustainable natural resource conservation.

Selected Publications

Waldman, J., K. Wilson, M. E. Mather, N. P. Snyder. 2016. Can resilience theory help guide restoration of anadromous fishes? Fisheries 41:3, 116-126.

Kennedy, C. G., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, J. T. Finn, L. A. Deegan. 2016. Discontinuities concentrate mobile predators: Quantifying organism-environment interactions at a seascape scale. Ecosphere 7(2):e01226. 10.1002/ecs2.1226.

McMullin, S. L, V. DiCenzo, R. Essig, C. Bonds, R. DeBruyne, M. Kaemingk, M. Mather, C. Myrick, Q. Phelps, T. Sutton, J. Triplett. Are we preparing the next generation of fisheries professionals to succeed in their careers? A survey of AFS members. Fisheries.(Accepted)

Fencl J. S., M. E. Mather, K. B. Costigan, and M. D. Daniels. 2015. How big of an effect do small dams have?; Using geomorphological footprints to quantify spatial impact of low-head dams and identify patterns of across-dam variation. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0141210. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141210

Caldas, M., M. Sanderson, M. Mather, M. Daniels, J. Bergtold, J. Aistrup, J. Heier Stamm, D. Haukos, K. Douglas-Mankin, A. Sheshukov, and D. Lopez-Carr. 2015. Opinion: Incorporating culture in sustainability science research and policy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 8157–8159.

Smith, J. M., S. P. Wells, M. E. Mather, R. M. Muth. 2014. Fish biodiversity sampling in stream ecosystems: a process for evaluating the appropriate types and amount of gear. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 24 338–350.

Smith JM, Mather ME. 2013. Beaver dams maintain native fish biodiversity by increasing habitat heterogeneity throughout a low-gradient stream network. Freshwater Biology 58: 1523-1538.