Department of Environmental Sciences

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

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Mayer researchMy research interests center on applied community and ecosystem ecology in aquatic systems. The goal of most of the ongoing research in my lab is to address questions about the conservation and management of aquatic species and habitats that are used by, and therefore impacted by people. Current focus areas include: fish and invertebrate ecology, aquatic habitats, and invasive species.

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



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** Graduate advisee or research technician
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  • **Amidon, Z.J, ***DeBruyne, R., Roseman, E.F., and Mayer, C. M. 2018, Spatial extent of contemporary Lake Whitefish spawning in western Lake Erie. Advances in Limnology, Accepted. 

  • **Fischer, J.L.,  Roseman, E.F., Mayer, C.M., and Qian S.S. 2018. Effectiveness of Shallow water habitat remediation for improving fish habitat in a large temperate river. Ecological Engineering 123:54-64.

  • **DuFour, M.R, Mayer, C.M., Qian, S.S., Vandergoot, C.S., Kraus, R. T, Kocovsky, P.M, Warner, D.M. 2018.  Inferred fish behavior its implications for hydroacoustic surveys in nearshore habitats.  Fisheries Research.  199 63-75.

  • **Embke, H.S., Kocovsky, P.M., Garcia, T., Mayer, C.M., Qian, S.S.  2018.  Modeling framework to estimate spawning and hatching locations of pelagically-spawned eggs. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science.

  • ***Nowicki, C.J., Bunnell, D.B., Armenio, P.M., Warner, D.M., Vanderploeg, H.A., Cavaletto, J.F., Mayer, C.M., Adams, J.V. 2017. Biotic and abiotic factors influencing zooplankton vertical distribution in Lake Huron.  Journal of Great Lakes Research. 43:1044-1054

  • **DuFour, M. R., Mayer, C. M., Kocovsky, P. M., Qian, S. S., Warner, D. M., Kraus, R. T., and C. S. Vandergoot. 2017. Sparse targets in hydroacoustic surveys: Balancing quantity and quality of in situ target strength data. Fisheries Research, 188: 173-182.

  • Simic Milas, A., Arend, K., Mayer, C.M., Simonson, M.A., and Mackey, S. 2017. Different colours of shadows: classification of UAV images. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 38:3084-3100

  • **Embke, H.S., Kocovsky, P.M., Richter, C.A., Pritt, J.J., Mayer, C.M., Qian, S.S. 2016.  First direct confirmation of grass carp spawning in a Great Lakes tributary.  Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42:899-903.

  • **Ross, J. E., Mayer, C. M., Tyson, J. T., and Weimer, E. J. 2016. Comparison of electrofishing techniques and effort allocation across diel time periods, seasons, sites, and habitat in the Ohio coastal waters of western Lake Erie. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 36:85-95.   DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2015.1111275

  • **DuFour, M.R., May, C.J., Roseman, E.F., Mayer, C.M., Ludsin, S.A., Vandergoot, C.S., **Pritt, J.J., Fraker, M.E., Davis, J.J., Tyson, J.T., Miner, J.G., and Marschall, E.A. 2015. Portfolio theory as a management tool to guide conservation and restoration of multi-stock fish populations.  Ecosphere 6:1-21. DOI: 10.1890/ES15-00237.1

  • **Armenio, P.M., Mayer, C.M., Heckathorn, S.A., Bridgeman, T.B., and Panek, S.E. 2015. Resource contributions from dreissenid mussels to the benthic algae Lyngbya wollei (Cyanobacteria) and Cladophora glomerata (Chlorophyta). Hydrobiologia 763:35-51. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2357-3

  • Fraker, M.E., Anderson, E.J., May, C.J., Chen, K.Y., Davis, J.J., DeVanna, K.M., **DuFour, M.R., Marschall, E.A., Mayer, C.M., Miner, J.G., Pangle, K.L., **Pritt, J.J., Roseman, E.F., Tyson, J.T., Zhao, Y., and Ludsin, S.A. 2015.  Stock-specific advection of larval walleye (Sander vitreus) in western Lake Erie: Implications for larval growth, mixing, and stock discrimination.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 41(3):830–845.  DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2015.04.008

  • **DuFour, M. R., **Pritt, J.J., Mayer, C.M., Stow, C.A., and Qian, S.S. 2014. Bayesian hierarchical modeling of larval walleye (Sander vitreus) abundance and mortality: Accounting for spatial and temporal variability on a large river.  Journal of Great Lakes Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2014.08.001

  • **Pritt, J.J., **DuFour M.R., Mayer, C.M., Roseman E.F., and DeBruyne, R.L. 2014. Sampling little fish in big rivers: larval fish detection probabilities in two Lake Erie tributaries and implications to abundance indices and richness estimates.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143(4) 1011-1027. DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2014.911204

  • *Mapes, R.L. **DuFour, M.R., **Pritt, J.J., and Mayer, C.M. 2014.  Larval Fish Assemblage Recovery: A Reflection of Environmental Change in the Maumee River, Ohio. Restoration Ecology

  • **Manning N., Mayer, C.M., Bosenbroek, J., Bunnell, B., Tyson, J., Rudstam, L., and Jackson, J.R. 2014. Use of IBMs to explore the effects of turbidity on the growth & survival of Yellow Perch. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:1544-1553. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0528

  • Burlakova, L.E., Karatayev A.Y, Pennuto, C.M., and Mayer, C.M. 2014. Changes in Lake Erie benthos over the last 50 years: historical perspectives, current status, and main drivers. Journal of Great Lakes Research

  • Pennuto, C.M., Burlakova, L.E., Karatayev, A.Y., Kramer, J., Fischer, A., and Mayer, C.M. 2014.  Spatiotemporal characteristics of nitrogen and phosphorus in the benthos of nearshore Lake Erie. Journal of Great Lakes Research 40(3): 541-549

  • Deal, M.W., Xu, J., John, R., Zenone, T., Chen, J., Chu, H., Jasrotia, P., Kahmark, K., Bossenbroek, J., and Mayer, C.M. 2014. Net primary production in three bioenergy crop systems following land conversion. Journal of Plant Ecology 7 (5): 451-460

  • **DeVanna, K.M., Bossenbroek, J.M., and Mayer, C.M.  2013.  Interactions between an exotic ecosystem engineer (Dreissena spp.) and native burrowing mayflies (Hexagenia spp.) in soft sediments of western Lake Erie. Pages 611-620 in Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impact, and Control. T. Nalepa and D. Schloesser eds.

  • Mayer, C.M. and 10 authors. 2013.  The benthification of freshwater lakes: exotic mussels turning ecosystems upside down. Pages 575-583 in Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impact, and Control. T. Nalepa and D. Schloesser eds.

  • **Manning N., Mayer, C.M., Bossenbroek, J.B., and Tyson, J.T. 2013.Effects of water clarity on the length and abundance of age-0 Yellow Perch in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Journal of Great Lakes Research 39:295-302. Available online

  • **Pritt, J.J., **DuFour, M.R., Mayer, C.M., Kocovsky, P.M., Tyson, J.T., and Weimer, E.J.  2013. 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 70:803-814

  • Cooper, J.E., Walquist, E., Holeck, K.T., Hoffman, C.E., Mills, E.L. and Mayer, C.M. 2012.  Density and distribution of amphipods in Oneida Lake, New York, after the introduction of the exotic amphipod Echinogammarus ischnus.  Northeastern Naturalist 19:249-266

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

  • **DeVanna, K.M., *Armenio, P.M., *Barrett, C.A.,and Mayer, C.M. 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., and 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

  • **Lohner R. N., Sigler, W.V., Mayer, C.M., and **Balogh, C. 2007. A comparison of the benthic microbial community within and surrounding Dreissena clusters in lakes. Microbial Ecology 54:469-477

  • **Qin, P., Mayer, C.M., Schulz, K.L., Ji, X., and Ritchie, M. 2007. Ecological stoichiometry in benthic food webs: light and nutrients effects on periphyton food quantity and quality in lakes. Limnology and Oceanography 52: 1728-1734.

  • **Zhu, B., Fitzgerald, D.G., Hoskins, S.B., Rudstam, L.G., Mayer, C.M., and Mills, E.L.  2007. Quantification of response of submerged aquatic vegetation to historical changes in water clarity in two bays of Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research 33:122-135

  • **Zhu, B. Mayer, C.M., Heckathorn, S.A., and Rudstam, L.G. 2007.  Can dreissenid attachment and biodeposition affect submerged macrophyte growth? Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 45:71-76

  • **Zhu, B., Fitzgerald, D.M., Mayer, C.M., Rudstam, L.G., and Mills, E.L. 2006 Alteration of ecosystem function by zebra mussels in Oneida Lake, NY: impacts on submerged macrophytes.  Ecosystems 9:1-12

  • Hershey, A.E., Beaty, S., Fortino, K., Keyse, M., Mou, P.P., O’Brien, W.J., Ulseth, A.J., Gettel, G.A., Lienesch, P.W., Luecke, C., McDonald, M.E., and Mayer, C.M. 2005. Effect of landscape factors on fish distribution in arctic Alaskan lakes. Freshwater Biology 51(1):39-55

  • Haynes, J. M., Tisch, N.A., Mayer, C. M., and Rhyne, R.S. 2004. Benthic macroinvertebrate communities in southwestern Lake Ontario following invasion of Dreissena and Echinogammarus: 1983 – 2000.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society  24:148–167

  • Mayer, C.M., *Keats, R.A., Mills, E.L., and Rudstam, L.G. 2002. Zebra mussels as ecosystem engineers: scale-dependent effects on benthic invertebrates in a large eutrophic lake.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 21:616-633

  • Mayer, C.M., Rudstam, L.G., Mills, E.L., *Cardiff, S.G., and *Bloom, C.A. 2001. Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), habitat alteration, and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) foraging: system-wide effects and behavioural mechanisms. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 58: 2459-2467

  • Rutherford, E.S., Rose, K.A., Mills, E.L., Forney, J.L., Mayer, C.M., and Rudstam, L.G. 1999. Individual-based model simulations of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) impacts on Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) populations in Oneida Lake, New York.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 56: 2148-2160

  • Mayer, C.M., Forney, J.L., Rudstam, L.G., VanDeValk, A.J., and Mills, E.L. 2000. The response of Yellow Perch in Oneida Lake, NY to zebra mussel establishment.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 57: 742-754

  • Mayer, C.M. and Wahl, D.H. 1997. The relationship between prey selectivity and growth and survival in a larval fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 54: 1504-1512


Last Updated: 5/27/20