Edith C. Marsh-Matthews
Professor of Biology
Director, Laboratory Animal Resources

Phone: (405)325-0785
Fax: (405)325-6202


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Edith C. Marsh-MatthewsCurrent Research Interests and Subject Areas Available for Graduate Research

My research focuses on evolutionary ecology of maternal investment strategies in fishes, the structure of North American freshwater fish assemblages, and the interface between life history and community ecology. My current studies include the role of post-fertilization nutrient transfer in the life history of the livebearing fishes, the stress effects on patterns of maternal provisioning, long-term changes in fish assemblages of the Great Plains, the relative importance of intrinsic and extrinsic factors structuring fish communities, and the biology of invasive fishes in their native range. 

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Texas

B.S., Duke University



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Selected publications:

  • Marsh-Matthews  E. 2011. Matrotrophy. Chapter 2. Pages 18-27 in: Ecology and Evolution of Poeciliid Fishes. (J. Evans, A. Pilastro and I. Schlupp, editors).University of Chicago Press.

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Matthews WJ, and Franssen NR. 2011. Can a highly invasive species re-invade its native community? The paradox of the red shiner. Biological Invasions 13:2911-2924. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-011-9973-2.

  • Matthews WJ, Marsh-Matthews E.  2011. An invasive fish species within its native range: community effects and population dynamics of  Gambusia affinis in the central United States. Freshwater Biology 56:2609-2619. 

  • Knapp R, Marsh-Matthews E, Vo L and Rosencrans S. 2011. Stress hormone masculinizes morphology and behavior. Biology Letters 7:150-152. DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0514

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Deaton R, Brooks M. 2010. Survey of matrotrophy in lecithotrophic poeciliids. Pages 255-258 in: Viviparous Fishes II, the proceedings of the III International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes. (M. C. Uribe and H. J. Grier, editors). New Life Publications, Homestead, FL.

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Matthews WJ. 2010. Proximate and residual effects of exposure to simulated drought on prairie stream fishes. Pages 461-486 in: Community Ecology of Stream Fishes (K. Gido and D. Jackson, editors). Symposium 73. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

  • Riesch RM , Plath M, Schlupp I, Marsh-Matthews E. 2010. Matrotrophy in the cave molly: an unexpected provisioning strategy in an extreme environment. Evolutionary Ecology 24:789-801 DOI: 10.1007/s10682-9335-z

  • Cashner RC, Matthews WJ, Marsh-Matthews E,  Unmack PJ, Cashner FM. 2010. Recognition and redescription of a distinctive stoneroller from the southern Interior Highlands Copeia 2010: 300-311.

  • Marsh-Matthews E. 2009. Fish, Characteristics. Pages 452-463 in: Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. (G. E. Likens, editor) Volume 3. Oxford: Elsevier.

  • Matthews WJ, Marsh-Matthews E. 2007. Extirpation of red shiner in direct tributaries of Lake Texoma (Oklahoma-Texas): a cautionary case history from a fragmented river-reservoir system. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136:1041-1062.

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Deaton R. 2006. Resources and offspring Provisioning: test of the Trexler-DeAngelis model for matrotrophy evolution. Ecology 87:3014-3020.

  • Matthews, WJ, Marsh-Matthews E. 2006. Persistence of fish species associations in pools of a small stream of the southern Great Plains. Copeia 2006:696-710.

  • Matthews WJ, Marsh-Matthews E. 2006. Temporal changes in replicated experimental stream fish assemblages: predictable or not? Freshwater Biology 51:1605-1622.

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Brooks M, Deaton R, Tan H. 2005. Effects of maternal and embryo characteristics on post-fertilization provisioning in livebearing fishes of the genus Gambusia. Oecologia 144:12-24.

  • Matthews WJ, Marsh-Matthews E. 2003. Effects of drought on fish across axes of space, time and ecological complexity. Freshwater Biology 48: 1232-1253.

  • Schaefer J, Marsh-Matthews E, Spooner DE, Gido KB, Matthews WJ. 2003. Effects of barriers and thermal refugia on local movement of the threatened leopard darter, Percina pantherina. Environmental Biology of Fishes 66: 391-400.

  • Edwards RJ, Garrett GP, and Marsh-Matthews E.  2002. Conservation and status of the fish communities inhabiting the Río Conchos Basin and Middle Rio Grande, México and U.S.A.  Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 12: 119-132.

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Matthews WJ. 2002. Temporal stability of minnow species co-occurrence in streams of the central United States. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science (Frank Cross Memorial Issue) 105(3-4): 162-177.

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Matthews WJ, Gido KB,  Marsh RL. 2002.  Reproduction by young-of-year red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis) and its implications for invasion success. Southwestern Naturalist 47:605-610

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Skierkowski P, DeMarais A. 2001. Direct evidence for mother-to-embryo transfer of nutrients in the livebearing fish Gambusia geiseri. Copeia 2001: 1-6.

  • Matthews W.J, Gido KB, Marsh-Matthews E. 2001. Density-dependent overwinter survival and growth of red shiner from a southwestern river. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130:478-488.

  • Marsh-Matthews E, Matthews WJ. 2000. Spatial variation in relative abundance of a widespread, numerically-dominant fish species and its effect on fish assemblage structure. Oecologia 125:283-292. 

  • Marsh-Matthews E,  Matthews WJ. 2000. Geographic, terrestrial, and aquatic factors: Which most influence structure of midwestern USA stream fish assemblages? Ecology of Freshwater Fish 9: 13-21.




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