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Martha Mather's Service to Professional Societies

Northeastern Division, American Fisheries Society
1991-1992, Newsletter editor

Best Student Paper Award Committee, American Fisheries Society
1993, 1995-96, Member, 1997, Chair

Audit Committee, Northeastern Division, American Fisheries Society
1993, 1995, 1997, Member, 1994, Chair

Board of Directors, Southern New England Chapter, American Fisheries Society
1994-2001, Member

Southern New England Chapter, American Fisheries Society
1995-1996, President, Past-President

Nominating Committee, American Fisheries Society
1995, Member

Marine Fisheries Section, American Fisheries Society,
2004-2010, Northeastern Division Representative

Best Student Paper Committee, Education Section, American Fisheries Society
2007, Member

Publications Overview Committee, American Fisheries Society
2006-2009, Member

Student Paper Award, Northeastern Division, American Fisheries Society
2010, Committee Chair

Student Affairs Committee, North Central Division, American Fisheries Society
2012, Chair

Meeting Organizing Committee, North Central Division, American Fisheries Society, Wichita, KS
2012, Member

President's Committee on Improving Fisheries Education, American Fisheries Society
2013-2015, Member

Membership Committee, Kansas Chapter American Fisheries Society
2012-2013, Member

Expert Advice Given

Scientific journals, 1991-present

NSF proposals, 2010-2014

Panel Member
National Undersea Research Review Panel, NOAA-NURP, Storrs, CT 2001, monterey, CA, 2002

Invited Expert and Panelist
Restore America's Estuaries, Coffeehouse panel on Integrating natural and social sciences, Providence, RI, 2008

Maine Atlantic salmon research scoping and evaluation, Gulf of Maine Institute, Portland Maine, 2008

Invited expert
Workshop, Assessing River Herring Declines, Providence, RI, 2008

Workshop, Resilience of North Atlantic Diadromous Fish Assemblages, University of Maine, Orono, 2010

Subject Editor
Wetlands Ecology and Management, 2008-present

Guest Editor
Northeastern Naturalist, Striped bass winter movements, 2009

Invited Participant
National Science Foundation proposal review panel (Population and community ecology), Arlington, VA; 2010

National Science Foundation pre-proposal review panel (Population and community ecology), Arlington, VA, 2013

National Science Foundation proposal review panel (Population and community ecology), Arlington, VA, 2014

Invited Panelist
USGS Research Grade Evaluation panel, Minneapolis, MN, 2010

Expert Advice Provided
Town of Scituate, Massachusetts, Water release timing to facilitate river herring outmigration, 2012

Expert Review
NOAA River Herring Climate Change Workshop report (part of the ESA listing Petition), 2012

Proposal Reviewer
Sea Grant, 2014-2015

Technical Assistance Given

Round table discussion between fisheries biologists associated with two cooperators, MDFW and UMASS, to discuss mutual interests, 1995

As SNEC-AFS President, I instituted a continuing education program that included two workshops in 1995/6. Using video technology for fisheries biology, attended by 29 biologists: 7-UMASS, 4-MDMF, 8-NBS, 3-USFWS, 3-URI, 1-RIFW, 3-Other, and a Fish Aging Workshop, attended by 46 biologists: 15-UMASS (10 students), 6-MDMF, 2-MDFW, 2-NBS, 3-USFWS, 13-Other agencies (CTDEP, RI, NJ, NY, DE, NH), 5-Other

Technical adviser
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, Administrative and technical committee, 1993-1997

External Reviewer
Memorial University, Department of Biology, M.S. Defense, Steve Sutton, The Mystery Fish of Bonavista Bay, September, 1997

Technical Assistance
Member, Massachusetts stream flow task force, 2004-2005

Invited Presenter. Northeast river herring workshop, New Bedford. MA, 2006

Member, Institutional animal care and use committee, UMASS, 1998-2004

Member, Graduate admissions committee, School of Marine Sciences, UMASS, 1998-2010

Campus Coordinator, Steering committee, School of Marine Sciences, 2006-2007

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (Tetracycline marking of largemouth bass, Genetic markers, PIT tagging equipment), 2012


USFWS Webinar, Conservation science web conference series CSP3900, Striped bass movements and diets in coastal Massachusetts, 2009

Planning Committee Member

Conte Refuge education and outreach collaborative venture with Robert Muth (UMASS), Ken Sprankle (USFWS), Sarah Bevilacqua (USFWS), Sarah Wells (undergraduate, UMASS). Goal: To explore opportunities for undergraduate and graduate outreach and field research experience in the Connecticut River, 2010

Demonstration on video camera set-up, 2010

Mini-Missouri trawl demonstration, Participants were from Kansas State University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays University, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, 2012

Workshop on best practices in species distribution modeling (SDMs). Participants originated from Kansas State University and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, 2012

Fragstats workshop, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Manhattan, KS. Approximately 25 researchers from the state of Kansas and Kansas State University signed up for a 2-day workshop to learn about these landscape scale ecological tools, 2015

Search committee, Research coordinator position, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, 2012

Invited Speaker
Annual meeting, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, 2012, 2013

Wildlife ecologist search committee, Kansas State University Division of Biology, Winter-Spring, 2011-2012

Outreach and Information Transfer

Stakeholder Briefing
River herring restoration: thoughts on how alewife and blueback herring use freshwater. Working Group, Coonamessett River Restoration, Falmouth, MA, 2004

Gulf of Maine Institute workshop, Striped bass, 12 high school students (2 days), 2007

Curriculum development using striped bass in Plum Island Estuary, 10 middle school teachers, 2008

Stakeholder Briefing
Striped bass in the Great Marsh: where are they and what are they doing there? The Great Marsh Symposium, Newburyport, MA, 2008

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, I worked with UMass faculty (Dr. Robert M. Muth, Dr. Jack Finn), former graduate students (Sarah Pautzke, Kristen Ferry), selected high school teachers, and the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA (Dr. Linda Deegan) to develop a striped bass curriculum for implementation in public schools in coastal Massachusetts. This curriculum, entitled Striper Science, consists of a set of lesson plans and resources for students at the middle and high school levels, and it is based on our collaborative socio-ecological research on striped bass conducted in Plum Island Sound as part of the Plum Island Sound Long-term Ecological Research Site. Resources include PowerPoint presentations, inquiry lessons based on databases, field studies, and online videos. These lesson plans and resources are based on Massachusetts Science Curriculum Frameworks. The curriculum is currently being used in selected schools in coastal Massachusetts and can be accessed via the worldwide web at http://www.massaudubon.org/saltmarsh/striper. This curriculum is important because of the call to action among environmental scientists to promote environmental literacy by providing science-based information to the non-scientific public at all levels.

Application of Research Results
In collaboration with UMass faculty (Robert Muth, Jack Finn), current graduate students (Holly Frank, Joe Smith) the State Division of Marine Fisheries, and the Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole, MA (Dr. Linda Deegan), I assisted with developing the Ipswich River Herring website. This website(http://sites.google.com/site/ipswichriverherring/)was the basis for our successful Adopt-A-Herring outreach program, and it provided information to community groups and stakeholder organizations. It describes the research we conducted on river herring biology and management that uses radiotelemetry, and it includes information on river herring behavior and habitat use. It also provides opportunities for individuals, organizations, and schools to be involved in river herring restoration efforts.

Our striped bass research was featured in an issue of Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary magazine, 2009

Guest Lecture/Field Trip
Konza Long Term Ecological Research Site, provided overview of crayfish movement research using pit tagging to gifted high school students who spent a week at Kansas State being immersed in ecological research, 2011

Guest Lecture/Field Trip
Junction City High School Students, Provided overview of crayfish movement research using pit tagging, 2012

Contributed to "Data nuggets," a nationwide initiative to incorporate current research data into middle school curricula (http://datanuggets.org). Data on striped bass movement will be included into a widely used lesson plan for New England schools (Collaborator Liz Duff, Massachusetts Audubon), 2015