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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Martha Carlson Mazur

earth and environmental sciences

Martha Carlson Mazur

Martha L. Carlson Mazur, Visiting Assistant Professor
M.S., Ph.D. Aquatic Ecology, University of Michigan (2002, 2009)
B.A. Geology, Carleton College (1998)

Phone: 617-552-0634


Ecohydrology, Plant-Hydrology Interactions, Wetland and Stream Ecology, Coastal Ecosystems, Great Lakes Rivermouth Ecosystems


GE 202 – Ecosystems (fall)
GE 203 – Water Resources (spring)
GE 420 – Ecohydrology (fall)
GE 580 – Environmental Seminar (spring)

Current Research Projects

Science for effective restoration of rivermouth zones: Distribution and controls over habitat and food-web structures and processes in Great Lakes estuaries

Phragmites distribution and habitat suitability in the Great Lakes coastal zone.

Professional Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College (2012-)

Lecturer, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan (2011)

Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center (2004-2011)

Teaching/Research Assistant, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan (2004-2009)

Selected Publications

Bourgeau-Chavez, L., K. P. Kowalski, M. L. Carlson Mazur, K. A. Scarbrough, R. B. Powell, C. N. Brooks, B. Huberty, L. K. Jenkins, E. C. Banda, D. M. Galbraith, Z. Laubach, and K. Riordan. 2012. Mapping invasive Phragmites australis in the coastal Great Lakes with ALOS PALSAR satellite imagery for decision support. Journal of Great Lakes Research in press.

Wiley, M. J., D. W. Hyndman, B. C. Pijanowski, A. D. Kendall, C. Riseng, E. S. Rutherford,  S.T. Cheng, M.L. Carlson, J.A. Tyler,  R.J. Stevenson, P.J. Steen, P.L. Richards, P.W. Seelbach, and J.M. Koches. 2010. A multi-modeling approach to evaluating climate and land use change impacts in a Great Lakes tributary river basin. Hydrobiologia 657:243-262.

Carlson, M. L., K. P. Kowalski, D. A. Wilcox. 2009. Promoting species establishment in a Phragmites-dominated Great Lakes coastal wetland. Natural Areas Journal 29:263-280.

Wilcox, D. A., K. P. Kowalski, H. L. Hoare, M. L. Carlson, H. N. Morgan. 2008. Cattail invasion of sedge/grass meadows in Lake Ontario: Photointerpretation analysis of sixteen wetlands over five decades. Journal of Great Lakes Research 34: 301-323.

Wilcox, D. A., M. J. Sweat, M. L. Carlson, and K. P. Kowalski.  2006. A water-budget approach to hydrologic restoration of a sedge fen.  Journal of Hydrology 320: 501-517.

Baker, M. E., M. J. Wiley, P. W. Seelbach, and M. L. Carlson. 2003. A GIS model of subsurface water potential for aquatic resource inventory, assessment, and environmental management. Environmental Management 32:706-719.