Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Biology
Office Location: 210 Academic Affairs Suite, Clarke Hall
- Environmental Studies
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Academic Affairs
Dr. Maynard Schaus currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) at Virginia Wesleyan University.Â Dr. Schaus received his B.S. in Biology from California Lutheran University and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University (Ohio). He has been a member of the Virginia Wesleyan Biology faculty since 1998, and contributed to the development of the Environmental Studies program. He previously served as Associate Provost and Dean of University College, Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Director of Undergraduate Research.Â Since assuming the role of VPAA, Dr. Schaus has emphasized strategic program development, increased campus sustainability efforts, managed the academic division’s response to the COVID pandemic, and led an update to the campus strategic plan.
Dr. Schaus’s research on aquatic ecology and the role of fish in lake nutrient cycles in Florida and Ohio has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.Â He also received funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District (FL) to support this work, as a part of the effort to restore Lake Apopka, Florida.Â He has mentored students on many undergraduate research projects, including studies on green roof runoff, salt marsh bird community composition, and nutrient uptake by stormwater management ponds.Â He has also collaborated on investigations of the ecology of neotropical harvestmen in Belize and Costa Rica, and has led several travel courses to these areas.Â Dr. Schaus was awarded the Virginia Wesleyan University Batten Scholar Award in 2008 in recognition of his scholarly efforts.
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.