1. K-State home
  2. »Arts and Sciences
  3. »Division of Biology
  4. »People
  5. »Faculty
  6. »Mather, Martha

Division of Biology

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

Martha Mather, 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: https://www.k-state.edu/kscfwru/personnel/mather.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.