Kelly O. Maloney

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Kelly Maloney

Curriculum vitae (pdf)


Contact Info:
US Geological Survey
Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory
176 Straight Run Road
Wellsboro, PA 16901

office: (570) 724-3322 ext. 239
fax: (570) 724-2525


Title: Research Ecologist


1994 - B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Environmental Resource Management
2000 - M.S. Lehigh University, Earth and Environmental Sciences
2004 - M.S. Auburn University, Probability and Statistics
2004 - Ph.D. Auburn University, Biology


Auburn University, 2005
Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 2005-2007
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 2007-2010


Research Interests:
Effects of catchment-scale anthropogenic disturbance on freshwater systems
Restoration of impaired freshwater systems from human-based disturbance
Ecological flows in managed systems
Identification of land-use legacies (i.e., imprint of historic disturbance) on contemporary ecosystem structure and function
Controlling mechanisms behind species distribution and diversity patterns, metacommunities
Elucidating the controlling factors behind ecosystem structure and function
Effects of predicted climate change scenarios on freshwater resources



Upper Delaware River riverine environmental flow decision support system (REFDSS)



Entrekin, S.A., K.O. Maloney, K.E. Kapo, A.W. Walters, M.A. Evans-White, and K.M. Klemow. 2015. Stream vulnerability to widespread and emergent stressors: a focus on uncoventional oil and gas. PLoS ONE. 10(9): e0137416.

Maloney, K.O. and D.R. Shull. 2015. Sediment and discharge yields within a minimally disturbed, headwater watershed in North Central Pennsylvania, USA, with an emphasis on Superstorm Sandy. Water and Environment Journal 29:402-411.

Maloney, K.O., C.B. Talbert, J.C. Cole, H.S. Galbraith, C.J. Blakeslee, L. Hanson, and C.L. Holmquist-Johnson. 2015. An integrated riverine environmental flow decision support system (REFDSS) to evaluate the ecological effects of alternative flow scenarios on river ecosystems. Fundamental and Applied Limnology/Archiv für Hydrobiologie 186:171-192.

Talbert, C., K.O. Maloney, C.L. Holmquist-Johnson, and L. Hanson. 2014. User’s manual for the upper Delaware River riverine environmental flow decision support system (REFDSS), Version 1.1.2: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1183, 23 p.

Honeyfield, D.C. and K.O. Maloney. 2014. Seasonal patterns in stream periphyton fatty acids and community benthic algal composition in six high-quality headwater streams. Hydrobiologia 744:35-47.

Brittingham, M., K.O. Maloney, A.M. Farag, D.D. Harper, and Z.H. Bowen. 2014. Ecological risks of shale oil and gas development to wildlife, aquatic resources and their habitats. Environmental Science & Technology 48:11034-11047.

Cole, J.C., K.O. Maloney, M. Schmid, and J.E. McKenna. 2014. Developing and testing temperature models for regulated systems: a case study on the upper Delaware River. Journal of Hydrology 519:588-598.

Alley, W.M., E.J. Evenson, N.L. Barber, B.W. Bruce, K.F. Dennehy, M.C. Freeman, W.O. Freeman, J.M. Fischer, W.B. Hughes, J.G. Kennen, J.E. Kiang, K.O. Maloney, M. Musgrove, B. Ralston, S. Tessler, and J.P. Verdin. 2013. Progress toward establishing a national assessment of water availability and use. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1384, 34 p.

Maloney, K.O., D.E. Weller, D.E. Michaelson, and P.J. Ciccotto. 2013. Species distribution models of freshwater stream fishes in Maryland and their implications for management. Environmental Modeling and Assessment 18: 1-12.

Schmid, M., F. Wickler, K.O. Maloney, R.M. Mitchell, N. Fenske, and A. Mayr. 2013. Boosted beta regression. PLoS ONE. 8(4): e61623.

Maloney, K.O. and D.A. Yoxtheimer. 2012. Production and disposal of waste materials from gas and oil extraction from the Marcellus Shale Play in Pennsylvania. Environmental Practice 14: 278-287.

Maloney, K.O., W.A. Lellis, R.M. Bennett, and T.J. Waddle. 2012. Habitat persistence for sedentary organisms in managed rivers: the case for the federally endangered dwarf wedgemussel (Alasmidonta heterodon) in the Delaware River. Freshwater Biology 57: 1315-1327.

Maloney, K.O., M. Schmid, and D.E. Weller. 2012. Applying additive modelling and gradient boosting to assess the effects of watershed and reach characteristics on riverine assemblages. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3: 116-128.

Maloney, K.O. and D.E. Weller. 2011. Anthropogenic disturbance and streams: land use and land-use change affect stream ecosystems via multiple pathways. Freshwater Biology 56: 611-626.

Schmid, M., T. Hothorn, K.O. Maloney, D.E. Weller, and S. Potapov. 2011. Geoadditive regression modeling of stream ecological condition. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 18: 709-733.

Maloney, K.O. and P. Munguia. 2011. Distance decay of similarity in temperate aquatic communities: effects of environmental transition zones, distance measure, and life histories. Ecography 34: 287-295.

Brown, B.L., C.M. Swan, D.A. Auerbach, E.H. Campbell Grant, N.P. Hitt, K.O. Maloney and C. Patrick. 2011. Metacommunity theory as a multispecies, multiscale framework for studying the influence of river network structure on riverine communities and ecosystems. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30: 310-327.

Maloney K.O., P. Munguia, and R.M. Mitchell. 2011. Anthropogenic disturbance and landscape patterns affect diversity patterns of aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30: 284-295.

Carey, M.P., K.O. Maloney, S.R. Chipps, and D.H. Wahl. 2010. Effects of littoral habitat complexity and sunfish composition on fish production. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 19: 466-476.

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