G. Wayne Minshall

Professor Emeritus
Department of Biology
Idaho State University

E-mail: minswayn@isu.edu
Phone: (208) 282-2236

 

Dr. Minshall is Professor of Ecology at Idaho State University. He received his B.S. in Fisheries Management from Montana State University and his Ph. D. in Zoology from the University of Louisville. He later served as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Freshwater Biological Association Laboratory in England. Dr. Minshall is an internationally recognized expert on the ecology of flowing waters. He has over 35 years experience in research and teaching. His research interests emphasize aquatic benthic invertebrates, community dynamics, stream ecosystem structure and function, and effects of disturbance - including wildfiire. For the past 25 years he has been conducting research on the long-term effects of wildfires on stream ecosystems. He has authored over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles and 130 technical reports. He is co-editor of "Stream ecology: application and testing of general ecological theory" (with J. R. Barnes) and of "River and stream ecosystems of the world" (with C. E. Cushing and K. W. Cummins). He also has co-authored several books on stream/riparian habitats and methods for their assessment, all published by the U. S. Forest Service. Eighteen Ph. D. and 36 Master's students have completed their programs under his direction. With his final cohort of 4 graduate students, he is working to complete several long-term projects on fire ecology as well as more recent work on riparian fertilization, inorganic sediment impacts, and effects of livestock grazing in stream ecosystems. He has received well over 100 research grants and contracts from a variety of sources including: National Science Foundation, U. S. Forest Service, U. S. Soil Conservation Service, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U. S. Department of Energy, U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The Nature Conservancy, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has received several honors and awards, including the Distinguished Researcher Award from Idaho State University, the Outstanding Scientist of the Northwest Award from the Northwest Scientific Association, the Award of Excellence from the North American Benthological Society (the premier organization of stream ecologists), and election as a AAAS fellow. He also among the 100 individuals profiled in the publication HERE WE HAVE IDAHO: PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE, published by the Idaho Centennial Commission. He has served on numerous national and regional science work groups and advisory committees, including the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, U. S. Forest Service, National Science Foundation Advisory Panel for Environmental Biology (1973-1976), Long-Term Ecological Research (1980-1981), and NATO Post-Doctoral Fellowships (1990) and the National Research Council Advisory Panel for Graduate Fellowships in Biology (1984-1985) and Committee on Inland Ecosystems (1994-1996). He currently serves on the board of directors for the Pacific Rivers Council and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the National Council of the Paper Industry for Air & Stream Improvement.

Selected Recent Publications

Link to complete list of publications

Rugenski, A. T., and G.W. Minshall. 2014. Climate-moderated responses to wildfire by macroinvertebrates and basal food resources in montane wilderness streams. Ecosphere 5(3):25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-00236.1

Davis, J M., C.V. Baxter, G.W. Minshall, N.F. Olson, C. Tang, and B.T. Crosby. 2013. Climate-induced shift in hydrologic regime alters basal resource dynamics in a wilderness river ecosystem. Freshwater Biology 58:306319.

Mineau, M.M., C.V. Baxter, A.M. Marcarelli, G.W. Minshall. 2012. An invasive riparian tree reduces stream ecosystem efficiency via a recalcitrant organic matter subsidy. Ecology 93:15011508.

Relyea, C.D., G.W. Minshall, and R.J. Danehy. 2012. Development and validation of an aquatic fine sediment biotic index. Environmental Management 49: 242-252.

Romme, W., M. Boyce, R. Gresswell, E. Merrill, G.W. Minshall, C. Whitlock, and M. Turner. 2011. Twenty years after the 1988 Yellowstone fires: lessons about disturbance and ecosystems. Ecosystems 14: 1196-1215.

Minshall, G.W and A.T. Rugenski. 2006. Riparian processes and interactions. In Methods in Stream Ecology. Editors. R. Hauer and G. Lamberti.

Cushing, C.E., K. W. Cummins, and G. W. Minshall (eds). 2006. River and stream ecosystems of the world. University of California Press.

Mihuc, T. B., and G. W. Minshall. 2005. The trophic basis of reference and post-fire stream food webs 10 years after wildfire in Yellowstone National Park. Aquatic Sciences 67:541-548.

Snyder, E. B. and G. W. Minshall. 2005. An energy budget for the Kootenai River, Idaho (USA), with application for management of the Kootenai white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus. Aquatic Sciences 67:472-485.

Varricchione, J., S. A. Thomas, and G. W. Minshall. 2005. Vertical and seasonal distribution of hyporheic invertebrates in streams with different glacial histories. Aquatic Sciences 67:434-453.

Newbold, J.D., S.A. Thomas, G.W. Minshall, C.E. Cushing, and T. Georgian. 2005. Deposition, benthic residence, and resuspension of fine organic particles in a mountain stream. Limnology and Oceanography 50(5):1571-1580.

Robinson, C. T., U. Uehlinger, and G. W. Minshall. 2005. Functional characteristics of wilderness streams twenty years following wildfire. Western North American Naturalist 65:1-10.

Karr, J. R., J. J. Rhodes, G. W. Minshall, F. R. Hauer, R. L. Beschta, C. A. Frissell, and D. A. Perry. 2004. The effects of postfire salvage logging on aquatic ecosystems in the American West. BioScience 54:1029-1033.

G. W. Minshall, T. V. Royer, and C. T. Robinson. 2004. Stream ecosystem responses to fire: the first ten years. Pages 165-188, in: L. L. Wallace (ed.) After the Fires: the ecology of change in Yellowstone National Park. Yale University Press, New Haven.