Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology
Maynard Schaus received his B.S. in Biology from California Lutheran University and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University (Ohio). Dr. Schaus's research on the role of fish in lake nutrient cycles has been published in several peer reviewed journals. He has conducted research in Florida on the effects of a large scale fish removal on the nutrient cycles of Lake Apopka. He has been involved with the campus green roof project, to examine the effects of green roofs on the nutrient content of runoff water. He has also worked with students on a variety of basic and applied ecology projects, including work on salt marsh bird community composition, nutrient uptake by stormwater management ponds, and the ecology of neotropical harvestmen. He has received funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District, and in collaboration with other Virginia Wesleyan faculty members has received funding from EPA and NSF.
Vanni, M.J., P.B. McIntyre, and 72 others. 2017. A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals. Ecology 98:1475. [data paper] DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1792 [I contributed 900 data points, of 10,534 total (8.5% of the data)] .
Townsend, V.R. Jr., M.H. Schaus, T. Zvonareva, J.J. Illinik, and J.T. Evans. 2017. Leg Injuries and Wound Repair Among Cosmetid Harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones, Laniatores). Journal of Morphology 278:73–88. (T. Zvonareva, J. Illinik and J. Evans – VWC Undergraduates). DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20620
Zvonareva, T., V.R. Townsend, Jr., M.H. Schaus, N.J. Schaus, S. Locke, A.N. Borgard, and C.L. Richardson. 2016. Aspects of the Natural History of the Arboreal Harvestman Cynorta marginalis (Opiliones: Cosmetidae) Inhabiting a Costa Rican Forest. Journal of Insect Behavior 29:708–718. DOI: 10.1007/s10905-016-9592-y (T. Zvonareva, S. Locke, A. Borgard and C. Richardson – VWC Undergraduates).
Catalano, M.J. and M.H. Schaus. 2016. Harvest-Induced Size Structure Shifts Alter Nutrient Release by a Population of Omnivorous Fish, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 145: 637-648 DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2016.1143399
Fulton, R., W. Godwin and M.H. Schaus. 2015. Water Quality Changes Following Nutrient Loading Reduction and Biomanipulation in a Large Shallow Subtropical Lake, Lake Griffin, Florida. Hydrobiologia 753:243-263. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2210-8
Malcolm, E., M. Reese, M. Schaus, I. Ozmon and L. Tran. 2014. Measurements of Nutrients and Mercury from Green Roofs and Gravel Roof Runoff. Ecological Engineering 73:705-712 DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.09.030 (I. Ozmon and L. Tran – VWC Undergraduates).
Schaus, M.H., W. Godwin, L. Battoe, M. Coveney, E. Lowe, R. Roth, W.W. Morris and C. Hawkins. 2013. Effect of a size-selective biomanipulation on nutrient release by gizzard shad in Florida (USA) lakes. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems 411: 13 DOI: 10.1051/kmae/2013082 (W.W. Morris and C. Hawkins – VWC Undergraduates).
Schaus, M.H., V.R. Townsend and J.J. Illinik. 2013. Food Choice of the Neotropical Harvestman Erginulus clavotibialis (Opiliones: Laniatores: Cosmetidae). Journal of Arachnology 41:219-221. (J. Illinik – VWC Undergraduate).
Schaus, M.H., W. Godwin, L. Battoe, M. Coveney, E. Lowe, R. Roth, C. Hawkins, M. Vindigni, C. Weinberg and A. Zimmerman. 2010. Impact of the Removal of Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) on Nutrient Cycles in Lake Apopka, Florida. Freshwater Biology 55:2401-2413. (C. Hawkins, M. Vindigni, C. Weinberg & A. Zimmerman – VWC undergraduates)
Schaus, M. H., M. J. Vanni, and T. E. Wissing. 2002. Biomass-dependent Diet Shifts in Omnivorous Gizzard Shad: Implications for Growth, Food Web, and Ecosystem Effects. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 131:40-54.
Schaus, M. H. and M. J. Vanni. 2000. Effects of Omnivorous Gizzard Shad on Phytoplankton and Nutrient Dynamics: Role of Sediment Feeding and Fish Size. Ecology 81:1701-1719.
Schaus, M. H., M. J. Vanni, T. E. Wissing, M. T. Bremigan, J. E. Garvey, and R. A. Stein. 1997. Nitrogen and Phosphorus Excretion by Detritivorous Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) in a Reservoir Ecosystem. Limnology and Oceanography 42:1386-1397.
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