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Santelmann, Mary V.

Associate Professor, Senior Research
Director, Water Resources Graduate Program

Office:  258 Wilkinson Hall
Phone:  541.737.1215
Fax:      541.737.1200
Email:   santelmm@geo.oregonstate.edu

Wetlands ecology, biogeography

Research Interests:

1) Ecosystem response to human land use and management practices; use of alternative future scenarios combined with diverse evaluative approaches
2) Environmental and anthropogenic influences on species composition and species richness in agricultural, urban and wetland ecosystems, including effects of landscape composition and pattern on native biodiversity
3) Ecology and biogeochemistry of wetlands and riparian systems


BS Botany
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (Honors College), 1978
MS Biology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1980
Phd Ecology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1988


BOT 341 - Plant Ecology
BOT 441/541 - Physiological Plant Ecology
GEO 324 - Biogeography
GEO 539 - Ecological Biogeography
GEO 420/520 - Geography of Resource Use

Recent Publications


Nassauer, J.I., M.V. Santelmann, and D. Scavia, editors. 2007. From the Corn Belt to the Gulf: Environmental and Societal Implications of Alternative Agricultural Futures. Publisher: Resources for the Future Press, Washington D.C.


Santelmann, M.V. 2009. Meeting the Need for Water Resource Professionals: Recruiting More Women and Minorities. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 141: 64-71.

Santelmann, M.V. 2007. Informing Decision Making for Agricultural Watershed. Journal of Contemporary Water Resources and Education 136: 37-43. June 2007.

Santelmann, M.V., J. Sifneos, D. White, and K. Freemark. 2007. Assessing Potential Plant Diversity in Alternative Future Landscapes for the Agricultural Midwest. In: Nassauer, J.I., M.V. Santelmann, and D. Scavia, eds. From the Corn Belt to the Gulf: Environmental and Societal Implications of Alternative Agricultural Futures. Editors: Publisher: Resources for the Future. Washington D.C.

Santelmann, M. V. and, K. L. Larson. 2005. Sustaining multiple functions for urban wetlands. Wetlands 24(4): 717-718.

Santelmann, M., D. White, K. Freemark, J. I. Nassauer, J. M. Eilers, K. B. Vache, B. J. Danielson, R. C. Corry, M. E. Clark, S. Polasky, R. M. Cruse, J. Sifneos, H. Rustigian, C. Coiner, J. Wu, D. Debinski. 2004. Assessing Alternative Futures for Agriculture in the U. S. Corn Belt. Landscape Ecology 19:1-18.

Rustigian, H., M. Santelmann, N. Schumaker. 2003. Assessing the Potential Impacts of Alternative Landscape Designs on Amphibian Population Dynamics. Landscape Ecology 18:65-81.

Vache, K.B., J.M. Eilers, M.V. Santelmann. 2002. Water quality modeling of alternative agricultural scenarios in two Iowa watersheds. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 38:773-787.

Lamy, F., J. Bolte, K. Vache, M. Santelmann, and C. Smith. 2002. Development and evaluation of multi-objective decision-making methods for watershed management planning. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 38:517-530.

Santelmann, M., K. Freemark, D. White, J. Nassauer, M. Clark, B. Danielson, J. Eilers, R. Cruse, S. Galatowitsch, S. Polasky, J. Wu. 2001. Applying Ecological Principles to Land-Use Decision-making in Agricultural Watersheds. In: V. Dale and R. Haueber, eds. Applying Ecological Principles to Land Management. J.Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Adamus, P.R., D. White, M. Santelmann, P. Haggerty, and J.P. Baker. 2000. Terrestrial Vertebrate Species of the Willamette River Basin: Species-Habitat Relationships Matrix. Internal Report. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, OR.

Graduate Students

Jen Larsen, MS, 2005
Characterizing Patterns of Wetland Occurrence in Oregon Using an Interactive Geodatabase: A Method for Conservation Planning
Kelli Larson, PhD, 2004
Resident's attitudes toward water resource protection in metropolitan Portland, OR
Christina Lett, MS, 2002
Comparison and accuracy assessment of wetland land cover classification systems in the Willamette Valley, OR