Professor McTammany teaches in the Department of Biology and the Environmental Studies Program.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Virginia Tech
  • B.S., Bucknell University

Research Interests

  • Stream  and river ecology
  • Human impact on aquatic ecosystems
  • Restoration and management of aquatic ecosystems
  • Carbon and nutrient dynamics in ecosystems
  • GIS and remote sensing


  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Environmental Biology


Selected Publications

Wilson, M. J., and M. E. McTammany. 2016. Spatial scale and dispersal influence metacommunity dynamics of benthic invertebrates in a large river. Freshwater Science. DOI: 10.1086/685732.

Wilson, M. J., M. E. McTammany, M. D. Bilger, S. P. Reese, and B. R. Hayes. 2015. Combining data from multiple agencies to assess benthic macroinvertebrate communities in a large gravel-bed river. Freshwater Science 34(2):593-605.

Wilson, M. J., and M. E. McTammany. 2014. Direct and indirect mass effects: tributary influences on benthic macroinvertebrates in a large river. Hydrobiologia 738(1):75-85.

Bott, T. L., J. K. Jackson, M. E. McTammany, J. D. Newbold, S. T. Rier, B. W. Sweeney, and J. M. Battle. 2012. Abandoned coal mine drainage and its remediation: impacts on stream ecosystem structure and function. Ecological Applications 22(8), 2144-2163.

Hagen, E. M., M. E. McTammany, J. R. Webster, and E. F. Benfield. 2010. Shifts in allochthonous input and autochthonous production in streams along an agricultural landuse gradient. Hydrobiologia 655, 61-77.

McTammany, M. E., E. F. Benfield, and J. R. Webster. 2008. Effects of agriculture on wood breakdown and microbial biofilm respiration in southern Appalachian streams. Freshwater Biology 53, 842-854.

McTammany, M. E., E. F. Benfield, and J. R. Webster. 2007. Recovery of stream ecosystem metabolism from historical agriculture. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 26(3), 532-545.

MacCausland, A. L., and M. E. McTammany. 2007. The impact of episodic coal mine drainage pollution on benthic macroinvertebrates in streams in the Anthracite region of Pennsylvania. Environmental Pollution 149(2), 216-226.

McTammany, M. E., J. R. Webster, E. F. Benfield, and M. A. Neatrour. 2003. Longitudinal patterns of metabolism in a southern Appalachian river. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 22, 359-370.

Scott, M. C., G. S. Helfman, M. E. McTammany, E. F. Benfield, and P. V. Bolstad. 2002. Multiscale influences on physical and chemical stream conditions across southern Appalachian landscapes. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 38, 1379-1392.


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