Biology Faculty | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Biology Faculty and Staff

Mary Kostalos Ph.D.

Mary Kostalos
Faculty Emeritus
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 1973

Academic Areas of Interest

Stream monitoring, aquatic invertebrates

Personal Areas of Interest

Running, Outdoor activities, Reading


I am an ecologist by training and inclination and am also an environmental activist. I have been involved in local environmental issues since before Earth Day, 1970. I am particularly interested in water qualilty issues. My current research is concerned with monitoring the restoration area of Nine Mile Run, a local wtershed.


  • Ph.D., Univeristy of Pittsburgh, 1971
  • B.S.(Honors), Chatham College(Pittsburgh, PA), 1967


  • The Wilson J. of Ornithology.(2007) Newell, Felicity and Mary S. Kostalos
  • FROGLOG(Newsketter of the Declining Amphibian Task Force).(2002) Haney, J and M. Kostalos.
  • J of Undergrad Research.(2002) Anderson, Amy, Joseph MacNeil , and Mary Kostalos


  • NSF MSP Grant to improve Math and Science ed(K-12), co-PI(2003-2009)
  • NSF Women in Science Grant(Director), 1981-1983
  • Grwoing Greener Grant through the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, 2005
  • Chatham College Distinguished Almna Award, 2007


  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • Ecological Society of America


  • Chair of Science Division: 1993-1994
  • Director, Environmental Studies Program, Chatham U.: 1992-1997
  • Founding Director, Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University, 1989-1991


  • Kostalos, Mary. Taming Storm Water Runoff and its Pollution Problems, Invited lecture as part of the Science Serving the Environment Lecture Series, Oglebay Institute Schrader Center, October, 2008