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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.

Recent Publications

Hitchman*, S.M, M. E. Mather, J. Smith, and J. Fencl. 2018.  Identifying keystone habitats with a mosaic approach can improve biodiversity conservation in disturbed ecosystemsGlobal Change Biology 24(1):308-321.

Hitchman*, S. M., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, J. S. Fencl.  2017.  Habitat mosaics and path analysis can improve biological conservation of aquatic biodiversity in ecosystems with low-head dams. Science of the Total Environment 619–620: 221–231.

Fencl*, J., M. Mather, J. Smith, and S. Hitchman. 2017. The blind men and the elephant examine biodiversity at low-head dams: are we all dealing with the same dam reality?Ecosphere 8 (1): 1-17.

Vanni, M.J., …. M.E. Mather, et al. 2017.  A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals. Ecology 98(5), 2017, pp. 1475.

Gerber*, K. M., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith. 2017. A suite of standard post-tagging evaluation metrics can help assess tag retention for field-based fish telemetry research Reviews in Fisheries and Fish Biology 27 (3): 651–664.

Kennedy*, C. G., M. E, Mather, and J. M. Smith. 2017. Quantifying integrated, spatially-explicit, ecologically-relevant, physical heterogeneity within an estuarine seascapeEstuaries and Coasts 40(5): 1385-1397.