Professor; Director, Water Resources Graduate Program

Office: 541-737-1215

Strand Agriculture Hall

Strand Agriculture Hall 342

170 SW Waldo Place

170 SW Waldo Place
Corvallis, OR 97331

Profile Field Tabs

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
Kelli Larson PhD Geography 2004
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
Brett Boisjolie MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2016
Hayley Carlson MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2016
Megan Chellew MS Geography 2017
Kathryn Perlman MS Geography 2017
Nicole Feiten MS WR Science 2018
Malia Losordo MS WR Science/J.D. 2018
Michelle Talal PhD Environmental Sci. 2019
Max Henkels  MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2019
Theresa Keith MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2020
Aigul Arynova MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2020
Keaton Schrank MS Geography 2021
Rosemary Pazdral PhD WR Science 2022
Fatima Taha PhD Geography 2022
Abdullah Yigit MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2022
Ashley Voisinet MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2023 (anticipated)
Michael Tchintcharauli-Harrison PhD WR Science 2023 (anticipated)
Jalal Faqiryar MS WR Pol. & Mgmt. 2023 (anticipated)
Dean Anderson MS WR Science 2023 (anticipated)
Sara Windoloski MS WR Science 2024 (anticipated)
Megan Duncan MS WR Science 2024 (anticipated)

Recent Publications

  1. *Talal, M. L., M. V. Santelmann, and J. Tilt. 2021.  Urban park visitor perceptions of vegetation in Portland, Oregon.  Plants, People and Planet.
  2. Ibsen, P., D. Borowy, T. Dell, D. Hondula, H. Greydanus, N. Gupta, T. Meixner, M. Santelmann, S. Shiflett, M. Sukop, C. Swan, M. Talal, M. Valencia, M. Wright, G. Jenerette. Greater Aridity Increases the Magnitude of Urban Nighttime Vegetation-Derived Air Cooling. In press.  Environmental Research Letters.
  3. Santelmann, M.V., * A.G.  Harewood, and R. Flitcroft. In press. Effects of Stream Enhancement Structures on Water Temperature in South Sister Creek, Oregon, USA. Northwest Science. Accepted December 2020.
  4. *LovellFord, R. M., R. L. Flitcroft, S. L. Lewis, M. V. Santelmann, G. E. Grant. 2020.  Patterns of river discharge and temperature differentially influence migration and spawn timing for Coho Salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch in the Umpqua River Basin, Oregon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
  5. *Talal, M. L. and M. V. Santelmann. 2020. Vegetation management for urban park visitors: a mixed methods approach in Portland, Oregon. Ecological Applications
  6. Santelmann, M., B. Boisjolie*, R. Flitcroft, and M. Gomez. 2019. Relationships between vegetation and elevation in Oregon salt marshes. Northwest Science 43(2):137-154.
  7. Santelmann, M.V., D. Hulse, M. Wright, C. Enright, A. Branscomb, M. Tchintcharauli- Harrison*, J. Bolson. 2019. Designing and modeling innovation across scales for urban water systems. Urban Ecosystems
  8. *Talal, M. L. and M. V. Santelmann 2019. Plant Community Composition and Biodiversity Patterns in Urban Parks of Portland, Oregon. Front. Ecol. Evol., 04 June 2019 |
  9. Flitcroft, R., Ivan Arismendi, Chante Davis, Guillermo Giannico, Sarah Lewis, Brooke Penaluna, Mary Santelmann, Mohammad Safeeq, and Jeff Snyder. 2019. Using expressed behavior of Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) to evaluate vulnerability of upriver migrants under future hydrological regimes: management implications and conservation planning. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 06 February 2019.
  10. *Boisjolie, B. A., R. L. Flitcroft, and M. V. Santelmann. 2019. Patterns of riparian policy standards in riverscapes of the Oregon Coast Range. Ecology and Society 24(1):22.
  11. Flitcroft, R.L., I. Arismendi, and M.V. Santelmann. 2018. “A Review of Habitat Connectivity Research for Pacific Salmon in Marine, Estuary, and Freshwater Environments. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 1–12.
  12. *Ferguson, L., S. Chan, M.V. Santelmann, B. Tilt, 2018. Transdisciplinary research in water sustainability: What’s in it for an engaged researcher-stakeholder community? Water Alternatives 11(1): 1-18.
  13. *Danner, A., M. Safeeq, G. Grant, D. Tullos, C. Wickham, and M.V. Santelmann. 2017. Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Operations of a Multipurpose Reservoir in Oregon, USA. JAWRA 53 (6): 1467-1482. DOI:10.1111/1752-1688.12589
  14. *Boisjolie, B.A., M.V. Santelmann, R. Flitcroft, and S. Duncan. 2017. Legal ecotones: A comparative analysis of riparian policy protection in the Oregon Coast Range, USA. Journal of Environmental Management 197: Pages 206–220
  15. Flitcroft, R., S. Lewis, I. Arismendi, *R. LovellFord, M. Safeeq, and M.V. Santelmann. 2017. Let the fish do the talking: linking hydrologic conditions with fish phenotypes. PLoSOne.
  16. Boll, J., T. Link, M. V. Santelmann, R. Heinse, and B. Cosens. 2016. Analysis and Synthesis of Best Practices in Interdisciplinary Social-Environmental Education in the USA. Interdisciplina 4(10):147-170.
  17. *Corson-Rikert, H.C., S. Wondzell, R. Haggerty, and M.V. Santelmann. 2016. ­­Carbon dynamics in the hyporheic zone of a headwater mountain stream in the Cascade Mountains, Oregon. Water Resources Research 52, doi:10.1002/2016WR019303.
  18. *Ferguson, L., S. Chan, M.V. Santelmann, B. Tilt, 2016. Exploring participant motivations and expectations in a researcher-stakeholder engagement process: Willamette Water 2100, Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 157, January 2017, Pages 447-456, ISSN 0169-2046,
  19. *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.
  20. *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.
  21. *Taylor, S. and M.V. Santelmann. 2014. Comparing Vegetation and Soils of Remnant and Restored Prairie Wetlands in the Northern Willamette Valley. Northwest Science 88:329-343.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. Santelmann, M.V. 2008. Meeting the Need for Water Resource Professionals: Recruiting More Women and Minorities. Journal of Contemporary Water Resources Research and Education 141:64-71. 10.1111/j.1936-704X.2009.00039.x
  25. Santelmann, M.V. 2007. Informing Decision Making for Agricultural Watersheds. Journal of Contemporary Water Resources Research and Education 136: 37-43.