Paul Mayer, Ecologist
Dr. Mayer is an ecologist in GWERD's Ecosystem and Subsurface Protection Branch. He received a B.S. in Zoology from North Dakota State University, an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Dr. Mayer has worked as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His research area is riparian zone and stream restoration, and his research interests are in ecological indicators, ecosystem restoration, invasion ecology, and avian ecology. Dr. Mayer’s current research focuses on the:
- Effects of stream restoration on hydrology and nutrient dynamics in urban streams of the Chesapeake Bay
- Effects of watershed restoration on nitrogen processing in streams impacted by legacy sediments
- Role of groundwater-surface water interaction on chloride dynamics and residence time in urban streams
- Influence of geomorphic structure and hydrology on denitrification potential in the Willamette River floodplain
Gift, D.M., P.M. Groffman, S.S. Kaushal, and P.M. Mayer. (2010). “Root Biomass, Organic Matter and Denitrification Potential in Degraded and Restored Urban Riparian Zones.” Restoration Ecology, 18: 113–120.
Kaushal, S.S., M. Pace, P. Groffman, L. Band, K. Belt, P. Mayer, and C. Welty. (2010). “Land Use and Climate Variability Amplify Contaminant Pulses.” EOS, 91: 221–222.
Mayer, P.M., A.H. Todd, J.A. Okay, and K.A. Dwire. (2010). “Introduction to the Featured Collection on Riparian Ecosystems and Buffers.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 1-4.
Mayer, P.M., P.M. Groffman, E. Striz, and S.S. Kaushal. (2010). “Nitrogen Dynamics at the Groundwater/Surface Water Interface of a Degraded Urban Stream.” J. Environmental Quality, 39: 810–823.
Klocker, C.A., S.S. Kaushal, P.M. Groffman, P.M. Mayer, and R.P. Morgan. (2009). “Nitrogen Uptake and Denitrification in a Restored Urban Stream.” Aquatic Sciences, 71: 411–424.
Mayer, P.M., L.M. Smith, R.G. Ford, M.D. McCutchen, D.C. Watterson, and M. Ryan. (2009). “Nest Construction by a Ground-Nesting Shorebird Represents a Trade-Off Between Egg Crypticity and Thermoregulation.” Oecologia, 159: 893–901.
Craig, L.S., M.A. Palmer, D.C. Richardson, S. Filoso, E.S. Bernhardt, B.P. Bledsoe, M.W. Doyle, P.M. Groffman, B.A. Hassett, S.S. Kaushal, P.M. Mayer, S.M. Smith, and P.R. Wilcock. (2008). “Stream Restoration Strategies for Reducing River Nitrogen Loads.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6: 529–538.
Ganguli, A.C., D.M. Engle, P.M. Mayer, and E.C. Hellgren. (2008). “Plant Community Diversity and Composition Provide Little Resistance to Juniperus Invasion.” Botany, 86: 1416–1426.
Ganguli, A.C., D.M. Engle, P.M. Mayer, and S.D. Fuhlendorf. (2008). “When Are Native Species Inappropriate for Conservation Plantings?” Rangelands, 30: 27–32.
Kaushal, S., P.M. Groffman, P.M. Mayer, E. Striz, and A. Gold. (2008). “Effects of Stream Restoration on Denitrification in an Urbanizing Watershed.” Ecological Applications, 18: 789–804.
Mayer, P.M. (2008). “Ecosystem and Decomposer Effects on Litter Dynamics Along an Old Field to Old-Growth Forest Successional Gradient.” Acta Oecologica, 33: 222–230.
Striz, E.A. and P.M. Mayer. Assessment of Near-Stream Ground Water/Surface Water Interaction (GSI) of a Degraded Stream Before Restoration (EPA/600/R-07/058) August 2008 – Abstract
Doheny, E.J., R.J. Starsoneck, P.M. Mayer, and E.A. Striz. (2007). “Pre-Restoration Geomorphic Characteristics of Minebank Run, Baltimore County, Maryland, 2002–04.” USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5127.
Mayer, P.M., S.K. Reynolds, M.D. McCutchen, and T.J. Canfield. (2007). “Meta-Analysis of Nitrogen Removal in Riparian Buffers.” Journal of Environmental Quality, 36: 1172–1180.
Doheny, E.J., R.J. Starsoneck, E.A. Striz, and P.M. Mayer. (2006). “Watershed Characteristics and Pre-Restoration Surface Water Hydrology of Minebank Run, Baltimore County, Maryland, Water Years 2002–04.” USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5179, 42 p.
Groffman, P.M., A.M. Dorsey, and P.M. Mayer. (2005). “N Processing Within Geomorphic Structures in Urban Streams.” J. North American Benthological Society, 24: 613–625.
Horncastle, V.J., E.C. Hellgren, P.M. Mayer, A.C. Ganguli, D.M. Engle, and D.M. Leslie. (2005). “Implications of Invasion by Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) on Community Structure of Small Mammals in the Southern Great Plains.” J. of Mammalogy, 86: 1144–1155.
Mayer, P.M., S.J. Tunnell, D.M. Engle, E.E. Jorgensen, and P. Nunn. (2005). “Invasive Grass Alters Litter Decomposition by Influencing Macrodetritivores.” Ecosystems, 8: 200–209.
Mayer, P.M., S.K. Reynolds, M.D. McCutchen, and T.J. Canfield. Riparian Buffer Width, Vegetative Cover, and Nitrogen Removal Effectiveness: A Review of Current Science and Regulations (EPA/600/R-05/118) October 2005 – Abstract
Horncastle, V.J., E.C. Hellgren, P.M. Mayer, D.M. Engle, and D.M. Leslie. (2004). “Differential Frugivory of Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) by Avian and Mammalian Guilds: Implications for Tree Invasion.” American Midland Naturalist, 152: 255–267.
Mayer, P.M., R.O. Megard, and S.M. Galatowitsch. (2004). “Plankton Respiration and Biomass as Functional Indicators of Recovery in Restored Prairie Wetlands.” Ecological Indicators, 4: 245–253.
Mayer, P.M. and S.M. Galatowitsch. (2001). “Assessing Ecosystem Integrity of Restored Prairie Wetlands From Species Production-Diversity Relationships.” Hydrobiologia, 443: 177–185.
Mayer, P.M. and S.M. Galatowitsch. (1999). “Diatom Communities as Ecological Indicators of Recovery in Restored Prairie Wetlands.” Wetlands, 19: 765–774.