William J. Mattews

Phone: (405)325-6200/0786
Fax: (405)325-6202


William J. MatthewsCurrent Research Interests and Subject Areas Available for Graduate Research

For the next several years I will be placing emphasis on completion and publication of numerous long-term research projects that include surveys of fish communities in streams in Oklahoma and Arkansas throughout the last 40 years, as well as spatially broad datasets throughout the Great Plains, all in collaboration with Dr. Edie Marsh-Matthews.  I also plan to continue experimental work in our large, outdoor artificial streams, coupled with field work in south Oklahoma, to determine factors related to loss of one common minnow species from streams associated with Lake Texoma, and their failure to recolonize, also in collaboration with Dr. Marsh-Matthews.  We also hope to work toward an overall synthesis of all our research in recent decades, as a book.  Because I plan to retire in a few years, I am no longer taking doctoral students, but would consider taking graduate students at the MS level.  I do wish to continue active research on numerous projects with our ongoing “Fishlab”. 

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

M.S., Arkansas State University

B.S.E., Arkansas State University

Chair, Department of Biology, 2003-2011


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Representative publications:

  • Matthews, W. J. 1998. Patterns in Freshwater Fish Ecology. Chapman and Hall, New York, NY. 757 pages. Second printing, May 1998, Kluwer Academic Press.

  • Matthews, W. J. and D. C. Heins. Editors. 1987. Community and Evolutionary Ecology of North American Stream Fishes. University of Oklahoma Press. 310 pp.

  • Matthews W.J. and E. Marsh-Matthews. 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.

  • Marsh-Matthews E., W. J. Matthews, and N. R. Franssen. 2011. Can a highly invasive species re-invade its native habitat? The paradox of the red shiner. Biological Invasions 13:2911-2924.

  • Cashner, R. C., W. J. Matthews, E. Marsh-Matthews, P. J. Unmack, and F. M. Cashner. 2010. Recognition and redescription of a distinctive stoneroller from the southern Interior Highlands. Copeia 2010:300-311.

  • Matthews, W. J. 2010. Community ecology of stream fishes: Two decades later. Invited plenary chapter in: K. Gido and D. Jackson, editors, Community Ecology of Stream Fishes. American Fisheries Society Symposium 73:3-19

  • Marsh-Matthews, E., and W. J. Matthews. 2010. Proximate and residual effects of exposure to simulated drought on prairie stream fishes. In: K. Gido and D. Jackson, editors, Community Ecology of Stream Fishes. American Fisheries Society Symposium 73:461-486.

  • Matthews, W. J., and E. Marsh-Matthews. 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.

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

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




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