Thomas Lauer

Thomas Lauer

Distinguished Professor


Room:CL 232c

Related Links
Personal Web site
ABF Center

Purdue University, Ph.D. 1997
Ball State University, M.S. 1975
Ball State University, B.S. 1973

Research Interests
Aquatic ecology, limnology, fisheries, exotic species, the Great Lakes

  • Yellow perch management
  • Competitive interaction among sessile invertebrates with emphasis on the zebra mussel
  • Sponges and bryozoans
  • Community fisheries of the Wabash River
  • Warm-water pond and lake management

Recent Publications

Cain, M., T. E. Lauer, and J. K. Lau. Accepted. Habitat use of grass pickerel Esox americanus vermiculatus in Indiana streams. American Midland Naturalist.

Pyron, M., T. E. Lauer, D. LeBlanc, D. Weitzel, J. Gammon. Accepted. Temporal and spatial variation in an index of biological integrity for the middle Wabash River. Hydrobiologia.

Headley, H. C. and T. E. Lauer. Accepted. Fluctuating abundance of yellow perch and their relationship to growth in southern Lake Michigan, 1984-2004. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.

Lauer, T. E., J. C. Doll, P. J. Allen, B. Briedert, and J. Palla. 2008. Changes in yellow perch length frequencies and sex ratios following closure of the commercial fishery and reduction in sport bag limits in southern Lake Michigan. Fisheries Management and Ecology 15:39-47.

Weinman, M. and T. E. Lauer. 2007. Diet of Grass Pickerel (Esox americanus vermiculatus) in Indiana Streams. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 22(3): 451-460.

Truemper, H. A., T. E. Lauer, T. S. McComish and R. Edgell. 2006. Response of yellow perch diet to a changing forage base in southern Lake Michigan, 1984-2002. Journal of Great Lakes Research 32:806-816.

Lau, J. K., T. E. Lauer, and M. L. Weinman. 2006. Impacts of channelization on stream habitats and associated fish assemblages in East Central Indiana. American Midland Naturalist 156:319-330

Pyron, M., T. E. Lauer, and J. R. Gammon. 2006. Stability of the Wabash River fish assemblages from 1974-1998. Freshwater Biology 51:1789-1797.

LaBay, S. R. and T. E. Lauer. 2006. An evaluation of the accuracy of age estimation methods for southern Lake Michigan alewives. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26:571-579.

Lauer, T. E. 2005. Eating your way through ecology class: It’s a realistic way to learn. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 86(4): 315-319.

Lauer, T. E., S. M. Shroyer, J. M. Kilpatrick, T. S. McComish, and P. J. Allen. 2005. Yellow perch length-fecundity and length-egg size relationships in Indiana waters of Lake Michigan. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 25:791-796.

Lauer, T. E. 2005. Teaching critical thinking skills using course content material: a reversal of roles. Journal of College Science Teaching 34(6): 34-37.

Truemper, Holly A. and T. E. Lauer. 2005.Gape limitation and prey size-selection by yellow perch in extreme southern Lake Michigan, with emphasis on two exotic prey items. Journal of Fish Biology 66:135-149.

Lauer, T. E. and A. Spacie. 2004. An association between freshwater sponges and the zebra mussel in a southern Lake Michigan harbor. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 19:631-637.

Pyron, M. and T. E. Lauer. 2004. Hydrologic variation and fish assemblage structure in the middle Wabash River. Hydrobiologia 525 (1-3): 203-213.

Lauer, T. E. and A. Spacie. 2004. Space as a limiting resource in freshwater systems: competition between zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and freshwater sponges (Porifera). Hydrobiologia. 517(1-3):137-145.

Sullivan, B.E., L.S. Rigsby, A. Beier, M.R. Jones, T. P. Simon, T.E. Lauer, and M. Pyron. 2004. Habitat influence on fish community assemblage in an agricultural landscape in four east central Indiana streams. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 19(1):141-148.

Lauer, T. E., P. J. Allen, and T. S. McComish. 2004. Changes in mottled sculpin and johnny darter trawl catches after the appearance of round gobies in the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133: 185-189.

Lauer, T. E. 2003. Conceptualizing ecology: A learning cycle approach. The American Biology Teacher 65(7):518-522.

Barnes, D. K., and T. E. Lauer. 2003. Distribution of freshwater sponges and bryozoans in northwest Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 112(1):29-35.