Professor; Director, Water Resources Graduate Program
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Strand Agriculture Hall 342

170 SW Waldo Place

170 SW Waldo Place
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Brief Research Interests: 

Wetlands ecology, biogeography



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


GEO 324 - Biogeography
GEO 539 - Ecological Biogeography

WRP 524  Sociotechnical Aspects of Water Resources
WRP 507& 505  Seminar and Journal Club in Water Resources

Graduate Students

Heather Rustigian MS Geography 1999
Lori Slane MS Geography 2001
Amber Wierck MS Environmental Sci. 2005
Rachel Schwindt MS Geography 2006
Nathan Schaub MS Geography 2007
Aaron Arthur MS Geography 2007
Kelly Clayton MS Environmental Sci. 2008
Elise Ferrarese MS Environmental Sci. 2008
Stacy Polkowse MS Environmental Sci. 2008
Kevin Hetherington MS Environmental Sci. 2008
Marisa Sowles MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2009
Sara M. Taylor MS Environmental Sci. 2011
Julie Ryden MS Environmental Sci. 2012
Mark Ingman MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2012
Alison Doniger MS WR Science 2012
Tucker Selko MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2013
Rachel Lovellford MS WR Science 2013
Maria Lewis MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2013
Kelly Foley MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2013
Hayley Corson-Rikert MS WR Science 2014
Alessandra Harewood MS WR Science 2015
Malia Losordo MS WR Science/J.D. 2016 (anticipated)
Brett Boisjolie MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2016 (anticipated)
Hayley Carlson MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2016 (anticipated)
Megan Chellew MS Geography 2017 (anticipated)
Kathryn Perlman MS Geography 2017 (anticipated)



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.

Selected Articles:

*Highland, S., M.V. Santelmann, and *R. Schwindt. 2015.  Plant Community Dynamics in Remnant and Restored Willamette Valley Wetland Prairie. Ecological Restoration 33(2):156-170.

*Ingman, M., M.V. Santelmann and B. Tilt. 2015. Agricultural Water Conservation in China: Plastic Mulch and Traditional Irrigation. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 1(4):12.

*Taylor, S. and M.V. Santelman. 2014. Comparing Vegetation and Soils of Remnant and Restored Prairie Wetlands in the Northern Willamette Valley. Northwest Science 88:329-343.

 Jaeger, W.A.  A. J. Plantinga,  H. Chang, K. Dello, G. Grant, D. Hulse, J. J. McDonnell, S. Lancaster, H. Moradkhani, A. T. Morzillo, P. Mote, A. Nolin, M. Santelmann, and J. Wu. 2013. Toward a formal definition of water scarcity in natural-human systems. Water Resources Research, VOL. 49, 1–12, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20249

Santelmann, M.V., Gosnell, H. and S. M. Meyers. 2011. Connecting Children to the Land: Place-Based Education in the Muddy Creek Watershed, Oregon. Journal of Geography 110(3):91-106.

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.