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Dr. Martha Mather

Dr. Martha Mather


  • Miami University 1991
  • Ph D Ohio State University 1990
  • MS Ohio State University 1985
  • BS Denison University 1978


I was trained in fish ecology at Ohio State University where I obtained my Ph.D. My job experience in the Unit program includes the Massachusetts and Kansas Units.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on using fish ecology to address applied conservation and management problems (especially patterns and consequences of mobile fish). Specifically, I am interested in problems related to (1) the ecology of freshwater and anadromous fishes; (2) processes that structure freshwater and estuarine fish communities; (3) patterns, mechanisms, consequences of fish mobility; (4) how to use community ecology to devise fish sampling regimes that aid conservation, management, and restoration; (5) spatial patterns and processes (especially functional patterns of heterogeneity); (6) quantitative tools; and (7) integrated bio-social approaches to natural resource conflicts.

Teaching Interests

As a Ph.D student, I taught lab sections in zoology, ecology, and behavior. As a new Ph.D, I was completely responsible for two field ecology classes at Ohio State University’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie and at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station. At University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I was solely responsible for one graduate course in fish ecology and one graduate course in experimental design using examples from the literature. At UMASS, I also cotaught two other graduate seminars, one on natural resource conflicts and one on anadromous fish. I have guest lectured at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and other universities on philosophy of science, aquatic community structure, invaders in freshwater systems, restoration of the Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River, natural resource conflicts, the role of biophysical science in natural resource conflicts, dam removal, ecological restoration in coastal systems, and relationships between the built and natural environment. At Kansas State University, I have team-taught a course called "Professional Skills" required of all incoming graduate students. I also guest lecture as requested and regularly organize special workshops that make emerging topics available to graduate students, faculty, and cooperators.

Professional Society Service

  • Ecological Society of America - Member (January 1990 - December 2020)
  • American Fisheries Society - Member (January 1983 - December 2020)
  • American Fisheries Society - Professional Liaison Committee, Kansas Chapter American Fisheries Society, 2018, Member and Chair (January 2017 - January 2020)
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Research Publications

  • Volume 695, 133769.

    Taylor, R. B., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, and K. M. Gerber. 2019. Confluences function as ecological hotspots: geomorphic and regional drivers can identify patterns of fish predator distribution within a seascape. In Press. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
  • Granco, G., J.L. Heier Stamm, J.S. Bergtold, M.D. Daniels, M.R. Sanderson, A.Y. Sheshukov, M. Mather, M.M. Caldas, S.M. Ramsey, R. Lehrter, D. Haukos,J. Gao, S. Chatterjee, J. Nifong, and J. Aistrup. 2019. Evaluating environmental change and behavioral decision-making for sustainability policy using an agent-based model: a case study for the Smoky Hill River Watershed, Kansas. Science of the Total Environment
  • Caldas, M., M. Mather, J. Bergtold, M. Daniels, G. Granco, J. Aistrup, D. Haukos, A.Y. Sheshukov, M. Sanderson, and J.L. Heier Stamm. 2019. Pages 265-294 In Dr. Stephen Perz, editor. Collaboration across boundaries for social-ecological systems science: experiences around the world. Palgrave-Macmillian, Cham, Switzerland.
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Completed Projects


  • EEB Workshop on Agent Based Modelling (ABM) (2019)
  • Philosophy and Practice of Science-Based Conservation (2018)
  • Professional Skills (2017)
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Kansas Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Martha MatherMember, USGS - Women's RGEP Mentoring Group (January 2019 - January 2020)
  • Martha Mather Member, Most Promising Undergraduate Student Committee, Kanas State University, May 2017, 2018, 2019 (May 2017 - May 2019)
  • Martha MatherFaculty Host, David Crook, Oz to Oz Seminar Speaker (August 2018 - October 2018)
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Kansas University Committees and Workgroups

  • Martha MatherMost Promising Undergraduate Student Committee, Kanas State University, May 2017 (May 2017 - June 2019)
  • Martha MatherSeminar Committee (January 2014 - December 2015)
  • Martha MatherSearch Committee, Vertebrate Ecologist, KSU Biology (January 2012 - April 2012)
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Technical Publications

  • Mapes, R.L., 2017. Young of year largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) relative abundance and diet: role of habitat type, spatial context, and size. Final Report.Abstract |
  • Mather, ME, Gerber, KM, Peterson, Z. Assessing distribution and movement of Blue Catfish in Kansas reservoirs. Final ReportAbstract |
  • Parrish, D. L., M. E. Mather, and E. A. Marschall. 2010. Population modeling of Atlantic salmon in Vermont tributaries of the Connecticut River. Progress report to NMFS.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 69

Presentations: 240


Contact Information

Tel: (785) 532 - 6522 Personal Web Site:

Current Students

Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  2. Kansas State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute