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Faculty: Christine M. Mayer

Christine Mayer
Professor of Ecology
ph.d. cornell university 1998

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Invertebrate-Fish Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Organism-Habitat Modification
  • Introduced Species

(419) 530-4570 (campus)
(419) 530-8377 (LEC)

 Christine M. Mayer
Research Recent Publications
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    >> Dr. Mayer is a Resident Faculty Member at Lake Erie Center.


Mayer ResearchMy research interests center on community and ecosystem ecology in aquatic systems. My primary areas of focus are: invertebrate-fish predator-prey interactions, organism habitat modification (ecosystem engineering), spatial-scale of effects, and introduced-species effects. I address research questions using multi-trophic level and multi-taxa approaches. I use a variety of tools (e.g. behavioral observation and physiology) to understand how organisms process and transfer energy and organic material from their environment and across trophic levels. I use field and laboratory experiments to test specific hypotheses, field sampling to explore natural patterns, and long-term data analysis to understand system trajectory. Most of my current research focuses on benthic (bottom) lake communities and their function. Benthic processes are increasingly important to ecosystem function due to anthropogenic effects on lakes.

    >> More information on Dr. Mayer's webpage on the Lake Erie Center website

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Recent Publications

    >> For downloadable versions of Dr. Mayer's publications, visit the LEC website.

** Indicates graduate advisee or research technician under Dr. Mayer's direct supervision; * Indicates undergraduate student.

**Pritt, J.J. **M.R. DuFour, C.M. Mayer, P.M. Kocovsky, J.T. Tyson, E.J. Weimer. Accepted with revision.
Including independent estimates and uncertainty to quantify total abundance of fish migrating in a large river system: walleye (Sander vitreus) in the Maumee River, OH. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

**DeVanna, K.M., *P.M. Armenio, *K. N. Doan, and C.M. Mayer. In Review.
Effects of an invasive ecosystem engineer on native mayfly behavior during changing abiotic and biotic conditions. In Review at Oecologia.

**DeVanna K.M., J.M. Bossenbroek, and C.M. Mayer. In Press.
Interactions between an exotic ecosystem engineer (Dreissena spp.) and native burrowing mayflies (Hexagenia spp.) in soft sediments of western Lake Erie. In Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impact, and Control. T. Nalepa and D. Schloesser eds).

C.M. Mayer and 10 authors. In Press.
The benthification of freshwater lakes: exotic mussels turning ecosystems upside down. In Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impact, and Control. T. Nalepa and D. Schloesser eds).

 Cooper, J.E. E. Walquist, K.T. Holeck, C.E. Hoffman, E.L. Mills and C.M. Mayer. 2012.
Density and Distribution of Amphipods in Oneida Lake, New York, after the introduction of the exotic amphipod Echinogammarus ischnus. Northeastern Naturalist 19:P249-266.

**DeVanna K.M., B.L. Bodamer, C.G. Wellington, E. Hammer, J.M. Bossenbroek, and C.M. Mayer. 2011.
An alternative hypothesis for invasional meltdown: General facilitation by Dreissena. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37:632-641.

**DeVanna, K.M., *P.M. Armenio, *C.A. Barrett, and C.M. Mayer. 2011.
Invasive ecosystem engineers on soft sediment change the habitat preferences of native mayflies and their availability to predators. Freshwater Biology. 56:2248-2458.

**Wellington C., Mayer, C.M., Bossenbroek J.M. and *Stroh N.M. 2010.
Effects of turbidity and prey density on the foraging success of age-0 yellow perch (Perca flavescens). Biology of Fishes. 76: 1729–1741.

Limburg K.E., Luzadis V.A., Ramsey, M., Schulz K.L., and Mayer, C.M. 2010.
The good, the bad, and the algae: perceiving ecosystem services and disservices generated by zebra and quagga mussels. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36: 86–92.

**Cecala, R.K., Mayer, C.M., Mills, E.L. and Schulz, K.L. 2008
Increased benthic algal primary production in response to zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) invasion in Oneida Lake. Journal of Integrated Plant Biology 50:1452-1466.

**Zhu B., Mayer, C.M., Rudstam L.G., Mills E.L., Ritchie M.E. 2008.
Experimental examination of light and phosphorus effects on submerged macrophytes: implications for ecosystem changes in North American lakes. Aquatic Botany 88: 358-362.

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