Professor and Director
Robin Matthews is the Director of the Institute for Watershed
, a Professor in Huxley College of
. Dr. Matthews received her graduate training in
aquatic ecology at Indiana University (M.S.) and Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University (Ph.D). Her undergraduate work was
done at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to coming to
Western Washington University, she worked as a full-time consultant in
the areas of hazardous waste management and pollution control, and as
an environmental scientist for DuPont at the Savannah River Laboratory
studying the effects of heated effluents from nuclear production
reactors on 150 miles of the Savannah River and adjacent swamps.
Dr. Matthews has published and presented over 100 journal articles,
reports, and conference papers. Her major research areas include
aquatic ecology and pattern analysis of large ecological data sets.
She is the principal investigator on the Lake Whatcom
monitoring program funded by the City of Bellingham.
Selected Publications (*Indicates student co-authors)
Matthews, R. and E. DeLuna*. 2008. Metalimnetic oxygen and ammonium maxima in Lake Whatcom, Washington (USA).
Weiner, R. and R. Matthews. 2003.
Environmental Engineering, Fourth Edition.
Elsevier Science, Burlington, MA.
Matthews, R., M. Hilles, and G. Pelletier. 2002.
Determining trophic state in Lake Whatcom, Washington (USA), a soft
water lake exhibiting seasonal nitrogen limitation.
*McGrath, C. and R. Matthews. 2000. Cellulase
activity in the freshwater amphipod Gammarus
. J. North Amer.Benthol. Soc.
Matthews, R, G. Matthews, and W. Landis. 1998. Application of
community level toxicity testing to environmental risk assessment.
Risk Assessment, Logic and Measurement
M. C. Newman and C. L. Strojan), Ann Arbor Press, Chelsea, MI.
Matthews, R, W. Landis, and G. Matthews. 1996. Community
conditioning: an ecological approach. Environ. Toxicol. &
*Parsons, J. and R. Matthews. 1996. Analysis of the associations
between macroinvertebrates and macrophytes in a freshwater
pond. Northwest Science
*Klaver, A. and R. Matthews. 1994. Effects of oxytetracycline
on nitrification in a model aquatic system. Aquaculture
Matthews, G., R. Matthews, and B. Hachmoeller*. 1991. Mathematical
analysis of temporal and spatial trends in the benthic
macroinvertebrates of a small stream. Can. J. Fish. Aq. Sci.
Matthews, R., G. Matthews, and W. Ehinger*. 1991. Classification and
ordination of limnological data: a comparison of analytical tools.