Robin Matthews

Professor and Director

Institute for Watershed Studies
Huxley College of the Environment
Western Washington University
(360) 650-3507
robin -dot- matthews -at- wwu -dot- edu

Robin Matthews is the Director of the Institute for Watershed Studies, a Professor in Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University. 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. 2016. Freshwater Algae in Northwest Washington, Volumn I. Cyanobacteria.

Matthews, R. 2016. Freshwater Algae in Northwest Washington, Volumn I. Chlorophyta and Rhodophyta.

*Peterson, M. and R. Matthews. 2009. Retention of salmon-derived N and P by bryophytes and microbiota in mesocosm streams. J. North Amer. Benth. Soc. 28:352--359.

Matthews, R. and E. DeLuna*. 2008. Metalimnetic oxygen and ammonium maxima in Lake Whatcom, Washington (USA). Northwest Science 82:18-29.

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. Hydrobiologia 486:107--121

*McGrath, C. and R. Matthews. 2000. Cellulase activity in the freshwater amphipod Gammarus lacustris. J. North Amer.Benthol. Soc. 19:298--307

Matthews, R, G. Matthews, and W. Landis. 1998. Application of community level toxicity testing to environmental risk assessment. Risk Assessment, Logic and Measurement (Edited by 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. & Chem. 15:597-603.

*Parsons, J. and R. Matthews. 1996. Analysis of the associations between macroinvertebrates and macrophytes in a freshwater pond. Northwest Science 69:265-275.

*Klaver, A. and R. Matthews. 1994. Effects of oxytetracycline on nitrification in a model aquatic system. Aquaculture 123:237-247.

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. 48:2184-2190.

Matthews, R., G. Matthews, and W. Ehinger*. 1991. Classification and ordination of limnological data: a comparison of analytical tools. Ecol. Modelling 53:167-187.