Mažeika Patricio Sulliván

Director, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science
Professor, Deparment of Forestry and Environmental Conservation
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Experiment Station, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Sci
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Natural Resources
University of Vermont 2004

M.S. Biology
University of Vermont 2001

B.A. Anthropology & Native American Studies
Dartmouth College 1997

 Courses Taught

Previous courses:
Stream Ecology
Methods in Aquatic Ecology
Ecology, History, and Sustainability of Large Rivers
Riparian Ecology and Management
Natural Resource Management
Marine Ecology


Dr. Mažeika Patricio Sulliván is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation and Director of the Baruch Institute for Coastal Ecology and Forest Science at Clemson University. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College, and earned his Master’s degree in Biology and Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Subsequently, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Idaho. From 2008-2022, he was faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State University (OSU), and the Director of the Ramsar-designated Schiermeier Olentangy Wetland Research Park from 2014-2022. Dr. Sulliván’s research focuses on community and trophic ecology; water quality and quantity; and land-water linkages in watershed, wetland, and coastal ecosystems. His work integrates ecology, fluvial geomorphology, and biogeochemistry. He is particularly interested in approaches that apply science to conservation, restoration, and policy. Dr. Sulliván conducts research in multiple geographic regions of the U.S. and internationally in Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. Research in the Streams, Rivers, and Estuaries (STRIVE) Lab are consistently linked to outreach activities that serve broad and diverse populations.

Dr. Sulliván has authored 73 peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, and 210 presentations. National leadership includes serving as a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (2013-2014) and on the Board of Directors for the Society for Freshwater Science (2019 to current). Dr. Sulliván was recognized as a Distinguished University teacher and a Distinguished College researcher at OSU, and was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (Colombia, 2014-2015). His research has been funded by several sources, including the USFWS, CDC, USEPA, USDA, NSF, NOAA, and Ohio Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources.

Dr. Sullivan is actively engaged in promoting and supporting equity, inclusion, and diversity in ecology and natural resources through teaching, research, and service activities. In addition to having served as Chief Diversity Officer in SENR at OSU, he currently leads the JEDI Task Force for the Society for Freshwater Science and works with the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of northern Idaho on issues relative to Native American water rights. His most recent NSF award - EVOLVED - contributes to a collaborative effort to catalyze cultural change towards JEDI principles at multiple organizational levels within Consortium of Aquatic Sciences Societies (CASS).

Dr. Sullivan is also actively engaged in promoting and supporting equity, inclusion, and diversity in ecology and natural resources through teaching, research, and service activities. At the national level, Dr. Sullivan leads the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force for the Society for Freshwater Science, and is working with the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of northern Idaho on issues relative to Native American water rights.

 Research Interests

Research in the Stream, River, and Estuaries (STRIVE) Lab addresses the ecology and conservation of stream, river, and wetland ecosystems, from headwaters to estuaries. Unified by the themes of ecosystem-scale dynamics, connectivity, and ecological networks, we are broadly interested in two questions:

1. How do both natural environmental variability and human activities shape biodiversity, community and food-web organization, and ecosystem condition and function in linked aquatic-riparian ecosystems?

2. How can we apply findings from Q1 to management, conservation, restoration, and policy of water quality and aquatic ecosystems?

To address these questions, we employ a highly interdisciplinary approach, drawing from stream and wetland ecology, fluvial geomorphology, trophic ecology, and landscape and coastal ecology to holistically address basic ecological questions as well as applications to conservation, management, and policy. Ongoing themes include ecological and biogeochemical connections between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; linkages between stream geomorphology and ecology; ecological trophic networks; ecosystem contamination and water quality.

 Lab Members

Please visit the following page for a roster of STRIVE lab members:


Author order is in order of relative contribution (i.e., greatest to least); first author is corresponding author, unless otherwise noted. * indicates student and ^ indicates postdoc whom I directly supervised. For In Press and published articles, Thomson Reuters impact factors in parentheses following citation for the year published.

Daufel, S.M., ^Bohenek, K.R., and S.M.P. Sulliván. In press. Artificial light at night has species-specific effects on oviposition behavior of mosquitoes. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. (2.43)

Qian, S.S., Arend, K.K., Jacquemin, S.J., Sulliván, S.M.P., and K.P. Kowalski. 2023. Estimating phosphorus retention capacity of flow-through wetlands. Ecological Engineering 187: 106869. (4.38)

Mills, M., Lee, S., Mollenkopf, D., Wittum, Sullivan, S.M.P, and J. Lee. 2022. Comparison of environmental microbiomes in an antibiotic resistant polluted urban river highlights periphyton and fish gut communities as reservoirs of concern. Science of the Total Environment. 851:158042

Ballash, G.A., Baesu, A., Lee, S., Mills, M.C., Mollenkopf, D.F., Sullivan, S.M.P., Lee, J., Bayen, S., and T.E. Wittum. In press. Fish as sentinels of antimicrobial resistant bacteria, epidemic carbapenemase genes, and antibiotics in surface water. PLoS One 17(9): e0272806. (4.17)

*Rieck, L.O. and S.M.P. Sullivan. 2022. Ecological impacts of altered stream hydrogeomorphic characteristics extend beyond the channel boundary: evidence from urban streams of Columbus, Ohio, USA. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. (4.17)

Carlson, A.K., Taylor, W.W., DeVries, D.R., Ferreri, C.P., Fogarty, M.J., Hartman, K.J., Infante, D.M., Kinnison, M.T., Levin, S.A., Melstrom, R.T., Newman, R.M., Pinsky, M.L., Rubenstein, D.I., Sullivan, S.M.P., Venturelli, P.A., Weber, M.J., Wuellner, M.R., and G.B. Zydlewski. 2022. Stepping up: a U.S. perspective on the 10 Steps to Responsible Inland Fisheries. Fisheries 47:68-77. (2.94)

*Torres-Bejarano, A.M., S.M.P Sulliván, W. González-Daza, ^C. Cáceres, and G.J. Colorado Z. 2022. Riparian vegetation structure and seasonality influence taxonomic and functional characteristics of stream fish assemblages in the Colombian Amazon. Aquatic Ecology 56:153-172. (1.64)

*Corra, J.W. and S.M.P. Sullivan. 2021. Temperature and land use influence Tree Swallow individual health. Conservation Physiology 9:coab084. (3.08)

Baesu, A., G. Ballash, D. Mollenkopf, T. Wittum, S.M.P. Sulliván, S. Bayen. 2021. Suspect screening of pharmaceuticals in fish livers based on QuEChERS extraction coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry. Science of the Total Environment 783:146902. (6.55)

^Manning, D.W.P., and S.M.P. Sullivan. 2021. Conservation across aquatic-terrestrial boundaries: linking continental-scale water quality to emergent aquatic insects and declining aerial insectivorous birds. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.3389/fevo.2021.633160. (2.42)

Diesburg, K.M., Sullivan, S.M.P, and ^D.W.P. Manning. 2021. Stream-riparian trophic linkages respond to a terrestrial invader. Biological Invasions 23:1-22. (3.09)

Sullivan, S.M.P., *Corra, J.W., and *J.T. Hayes. 2021. Urbanization mediates the effects of water quality and climate on a model aerial insectivorous bird. Ecological Monographs e01442. (7.72)

Sulliván, S.M.P., ^Bohenek, J.R., ^Cáceres, C.L. and L.W. Pomeroy. 2021. Multiple urban stressors drive fish-based ecological networks in streams of Columbus, Ohio, USA. Science of the Total Environment (Invited) 754:141970. (6.55)

Sullivan, S.M.P., Rains, M.C., Rodewald, Buzbee, W.W., and A.D Rosemond. 2020. Distorting science, putting water at risk. Science 369:766-768. (41.85)

*Rieck, L.O., and S.M.P. Sullivan. 2020. Coupled fish-hydrogeomorphic responses to urbanization in streams of Columbus, Ohio, USA. PLoS ONE 15: e0234303. (2.78)

*Goss, C.W., Sullivan, S.M.P., and P.C. Goebel. 2020. Effects of land-cover transitions on emerging aquatic insects and environmental characteristics of headwater streams in an agricultural catchment. River Research and Applications 36:1097-1108. (1.95)

Ballash, G., Lee, S., Mollenkopf, D., Mathys, D., Albers, A., Sechrist, E., Feicht, S., Van Belen Rubio, J, Sullivan, S.M.P., Lee, J., and T. Wittum. 2020. Pulsed electric field application reduces carbapenem- and colistin-resistant microbiota and blaKPC spread in urban wastewater. Journal of Environmental Management 265:110529. (4.87)

*Jackson, B.K, and S.M.P. Sullivan. 2020. Influence of wildfire severity on geomorphic features and riparian vegetation of forested streams of the Sierra Nevada, California, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire 29:611-617. (2.66)

Mutumi, G.L., Cumming, G.S., Sullivan, S.M.P. (corresponding author), Caron, A., and ^C. Cáceres. 2020. Using a multi-isotope approach to understand waterfowl movement in southern Africa. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 121(4):1-10. (2.80)

Sullivan, S.M.P., and ^D.W.P. Manning. 2019. Aquatic-terrestrial linkages as complex systems: insights and advances from network models. (Feature Article). Freshwater Science 38(4):936-945. (2.48)

Sullivan, S.M.P., Rains, M.C., and A.D. Rodewald. 2019. The proposed change to the definition of “waters of the United States” flouts sounds science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(24):11558–11561. (9.50)

Carlson, A.K., Taylor, W.W., Kinnison, M.T., Sullivan, S.M.P., Weber, M.J., Melstrom, R.T., Venturelli, P.A., Wuellner, M.R., Newman, R.M., Hartman, K.J., Zydlewski, G.B., DeVries, D.D., Gray, S.M., Infante, D.M., Pegg, M.A., Harrell, R.M., and A.E. Todgham. 2019. Threats to freshwater fisheries in the United States: perspectives and investments of state fisheries administrators and agricultural experiment station directors. (Feature Article). Fisheries 44(6): 276-287. (3.00)

Colvin, S.A.R., Sullivan, S.M.P., Shirey, P.D., Colvin, R.W., Winemiller, K.O., Hughes, R.M., Fausch, K.D., Infante, D.M., Olden, J.D., Bestgen, K.R., Danehy, R.J., and L. Eby. 2019. Headwater streams and wetlands are critical for sustaining fish, fisheries, and ecosystem services. (Feature Article) Fisheries 44(2):73-91. (3.00)

Santos, F., Wymore, A.S., *Jackson, B.K., Sullivan, S.M.P., McDowell, W.H., and A.A. Berhe. 2019. Fire severity, time since fire, and site-level characteristics influence streamwater chemistry at baseflow conditions in catchments of the Sierra Nevada, California, USA. Fire Ecology 15:3. (1.61)

*Zapata, M.J., Sullivan, S.M.P, and S.M. Gray. 2019. Artificial lighting at night in estuaries – ecological implications from individuals to ecosystems (Selected as Editor’s Choice). Estuaries and Coasts 42(2):309-330. (2.18)

*Zapata, M.J., and S.M.P. Sullivan. 2019. Spatial and seasonal variability of emergent aquatic insects in a subtropical estuary. Marine and Freshwater Research 70:541-553. (1.67)

*Diesburg, K.M., Sullivan, S.M.P, and D.W.P. Manning. 2019. Changes in benthic invertebrate communities of central Appalachian streams attributed to hemlock woolly adelgid invasion. Aquatic Sciences 81(1):11. (3.62)

Sullivan, S.M.P., ^Hossler, K. and *L.A. Meyer. 2019. Artificial lighting at night alters aquatic-riparian invertebrate food webs (Feature Article). Ecological Applications 29:e01821. (4.39)

*Cook, D.R., and S.M.P. Sullivan (corresponding author). 2018. Associations between riffle development and aquatic biota following lowhead dam removal. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 190(6):339. (1.69)

Sullivan, S.M.P., ^D.W.P. Manning, and *R.P. Davis. 2018. Do the ecological impacts of dam removal extend across the aquatic-terrestrial boundary? Ecosphere 9:e02180. 10.1002/ecs2.2180. (2.49)

*Jackson, B.K., and S.M.P. Sullivan. 2018. Ecosystem size and flooding drive trophic dynamics of riparian spiders in a fire-prone Sierra Nevada river system. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75(2):308-318. (2.44)


Google Scholar Profile
“Improving water quality could help conserve insectivorous birds” by Anna Sigurdsson and Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers Science News, February, 2021
“Trump’s deregulatory disregard for law and science” by W.W. Buzbee and S.M.P. Sullivan, The Hill, August 2020
“Night lights are rewiring estuary ecosystems”, The Wildlife Society by Joshua Rapp Learn, September 2019
“What the Amazon fires mean for wild animals”, National Geographic by Natasha Daly, August 2019