STEPHEN "MITCH" WAGENER

Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT 06810 USA
work: 203-837-8790
email: wagenerm@wcsu.edu
web page: http://people.wcsu.edu/wageners/


Research

Just starting. Local climate trends and their effect on soil communities.

2008 - present.The use of milfoil weevils as a biocontrol for Eurasian watermilfoil in Candlewood Lake.

2009 - present. Islands in Candlewood Lake as control sites free of invasive earthworms.

2006 - present. The use of graveyard data to examine patterns in historical human mortality along a rural-urban continuum in CT and NY

1997 - 2005. Study of the effect of historical stone walls on the ecology of organisms in the forest floor of Connecticut. Western Connecticut State University.

1995 - 2001. Study of the dynamics of litter decomposition across succession in floodplain and upland landscapes of the taiga. Part of Bonanza Creek Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) program. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

1990 - 1995. Study of the decomposition of birch leaf litter with attention to interactions of environment, microbes, and soil fauna. Part of Bonanza Creek Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) program. Joshua P. Schimel and Mark W. Oswood, advisors. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

1982 - 1984. Study of the impact of placer gold mining effluent on stream macroinvertebrates. Jacqueline D. LaPerriere, advisor. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Wagener, S.M., S.E. Slemmer, and B. Ostrander. 2007. Decomposition of American chestnut leaves. Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation 21(2):39-43.

Wagener, S.M., M.W. Oswood, and J.P. Schimel. 1998. Rivers and soils: Parallels in carbon and nutrient processing. Bioscience 48(2):104-108.

Wagener, S.M., and J.P. Schimel. 1998. Stratification of ecological processes: a study of the birch forest floor in the Alaskan taiga. Oikos 81(1):63-74.

Wagener, S.M., and J.D. LaPerriere. 1985. Effects of placer mining on the invertebrate communities of interior Alaska streams. Freshwater Invertebrate Biology 4(4):208-214.

LaPerriere, J.D., S.M. Wagener, and D.M. Bjerklie. 1985. Gold-mining effects on heavy metals in streams, Circle quadrangle, Alaska. Water Resources Bulletin 21(2):245-252.

LaPerriere, J.D., D.M. Bjerklie, R.C. Simmons, E. Van Nieuwenhuyse, S.M. Wagener, and J.B. Reynolds. 1983. Effects of gold placer mining on interior Alaskan stream ecosystems. Proceedings of the First Annual Meeting of the Alaska Chapter of the American Water Resources Association. November 10-11, 1983, Fairbanks, Alaska. pp. 12-1 - 12-34.

Other Publications

Wagener, Stephen M., and Joshua P. Schimel. The production of greenhouse gases in academic seminars. Appearing in the First International Virtual Conference on Mad Science.