Meet the Faculty

Maynard Schaus

Maynard Schaus

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Biology

Office Location: 210 Academic Affairs Suite, Clarke Hall
Phone: 757-455-3210
- Biology
- Environmental Studies
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Academic Affairs

Dr. Maynard Schaus is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Virginia Wesleyan University. He has a Ph.D. in zoology from Miami University (Ohio) and a B.S. in biology from California Lutheran University. Previously at Virginia Wesleyan, he served as Associate Provost and Dean of University College, Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Director of Undergraduate Research. A member of the VWU faculty for over 20 years, he is also a professor of biology and has taught courses such as Principles of Biology, General Ecology, Humans and the Environment, and Topics in Tropical Biology.

Dr. Schaus' research has primarily focused on the role of fish in freshwater nutrient cycles. He has received funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District to investigate the impact of gizzard shad on the water quality of Lake Apopka, Florida. He has also involved students in research projects examining salt marsh bird community composition, runoff from green roofs, and the behavior of harvestmen (daddy longlegs) in Costa Rica and Belize. His work has been published in journals such as Freshwater Biology, Ecology, Limnology & Oceanography, and the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Dr. Schaus is originally from Southern California and lives in Norfolk, with his wife, Kathy. They have three children.

Vanni, M.J., P.B. McIntyre, and 72 others.  2017. A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals.  Ecology 98:1475. [data paper]  DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1792   [I contributed 900 data points, of 10,534 total (8.5% of the data)] .

Townsend, V.R. Jr., M.H. Schaus, T. Zvonareva, J.J. Illinik, and J.T. Evans.  2017.  Leg Injuries and Wound Repair Among Cosmetid Harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones, Laniatores). Journal of Morphology 278:73–88. (T. Zvonareva, J. Illinik and J. Evans – VWC Undergraduates).  DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20620

Zvonareva, T., V.R. Townsend, Jr., M.H. Schaus, N.J. Schaus, S. Locke, A.N. Borgard, and C.L. Richardson. 2016.  Aspects of the Natural History of the Arboreal Harvestman Cynorta marginalis (Opiliones: Cosmetidae) Inhabiting a Costa Rican Forest.  Journal of Insect Behavior 29:708–718.  DOI: 10.1007/s10905-016-9592-y (T. Zvonareva, S. Locke, A. Borgard and C. Richardson – VWC Undergraduates).

Catalano, M.J. and M.H. Schaus.  2016.  Harvest-Induced Size Structure Shifts Alter Nutrient Release by a Population of Omnivorous Fish, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 145: 637-648  DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2016.1143399

Fulton, R., W. Godwin and M.H. Schaus.  2015.  Water Quality Changes Following Nutrient Loading Reduction and Biomanipulation in a Large Shallow Subtropical Lake, Lake Griffin, Florida.  Hydrobiologia 753:243-263.  DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2210-8

Malcolm, E., M. Reese, M. Schaus, I. Ozmon and L. Tran.  2014.  Measurements of Nutrients and Mercury from Green Roofs and Gravel Roof Runoff.  Ecological Engineering 73:705-712  DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.09.030 (I. Ozmon and L. Tran – VWC Undergraduates).

Schaus, M.H., W. Godwin, L. Battoe, M. Coveney, E. Lowe, R. Roth, W.W. Morris and C. Hawkins.  2013.  Effect of a size-selective biomanipulation on nutrient release by gizzard shad in Florida (USA) lakes.  Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems 411: 13 DOI: 10.1051/kmae/2013082  (W.W. Morris and C. Hawkins – VWC Undergraduates).

Schaus, M.H., V.R. Townsend and J.J. Illinik.  2013.  Food Choice of the Neotropical Harvestman Erginulus clavotibialis (Opiliones: Laniatores: Cosmetidae).  Journal of Arachnology 41:219-221.  (J. Illinik – VWC Undergraduate).

Schaus, M.H., W. Godwin, L. Battoe, M. Coveney, E. Lowe, R. Roth, C. Hawkins, M. Vindigni, C. Weinberg and A. Zimmerman.  2010.  Impact of the Removal of Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) on Nutrient Cycles in Lake Apopka, Florida.  Freshwater Biology 55:2401-2413.  (C. Hawkins, M. Vindigni, C. Weinberg & A. Zimmerman – VWC undergraduates)

Schaus, M. H., M. J. Vanni, and T. E. Wissing.  2002.  Biomass-dependent Diet Shifts in Omnivorous Gizzard Shad: Implications for Growth, Food Web, and Ecosystem Effects.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 131:40-54.

Schaus, M. H. and M. J. Vanni.  2000.  Effects of Omnivorous Gizzard Shad on Phytoplankton and Nutrient Dynamics: Role of Sediment Feeding and Fish Size.  Ecology 81:1701-1719.

Schaus, M. H., M. J. Vanni, T. E. Wissing, M. T. Bremigan, J. E. Garvey, and R. A. Stein.  1997.  Nitrogen and Phosphorus Excretion by Detritivorous Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) in a Reservoir Ecosystem.  Limnology and Oceanography 42:1386-1397.