Thomas Lauer

Distinguished Professor

CL 232c  Phone: 765-285-8825  

Department of Biology
Ball State University
Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121
Muncie, IN 47306

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
Book Published:
Jennings, C., B. Vondracek, and T. E. Lauer. 2012. Scientific Communications for Natural Resource Professionals. American Fisheries Society. Bethesda MD.

Journal and Book Chapters:

  1. Doll, J. C. and T. E. Lauer. Submitted. Comparing Bayesian and frequentist methods of fisheries models: hierarchical catch curves. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 10/2013.
  2. Lau, J. K. and T. E. Lauer. Submitted. Nationwide Benthic Macroinvertebrate Water Quality Bioassessments: Identifying Inconsistencies and Limitations in 305(b) Reporting. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 6/2013.
  3. Lauer, T. E. Accepted. The fishery of the Laurentian Great Lakes. in John Craig ed., Ecology of Freshwater Fisheries. 
  4. Lauer, T. E. and M. Pyron. Accepted. Freshwater fisheries of the US. in John Craig ed., Ecology of Freshwater Fisheries.
  5. Doll, J. C., N. D. Thomas, and T. E. Lauer. Accepted. Gill-net selectivity of yellow perch. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 2/2014.
  6. Starzynski, D. and T. E. Lauer. Accepted. How temperature affects timing and duration of yellow perch spawning in the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 
  7. Gaston, K. A. and T. E. Lauer. Accepted. Morphometric variation in bluegill and green sunfish in lentic and lotic systems. Journal of Fish Biology, 8/2013. 
  8. Gaston, K. A., S. J. Jacquemin, and T. E. Lauer. 2013. The influence of preservation on fish morphology in museum collections based on two species of the genus Lepomis (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Centrarchidae). Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 43 (3): 219-227.
  9. Ferguson, P. J., M. J. Bernot, J. C. Doll, and T. E. Lauer. 2013. Detection of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in near-shore habitats of southern Lake Michigan. Science of the Total Environment458-460: 187-196. 
  10. Doll, J. C. and T. E. Lauer. 2013. Bayesian estimation of age and length at 50% maturity. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142 (4): 1012-1024. 
  11. Pratt, A. E. and T. E. Lauer. 2013. Habitat use and separation among congeneric darter species. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:568-577.
  12. Gaston, K. A., J. A. Eft, and T. E. Lauer. 2012. Morphology and its effect on niche selection of stream fishes. Indiana Academy of Science 121:71-78.
  13. Forsythe, P., J. Doll, and T. Lauer. 2012. Abiotic and biotic correlates of yellow perch recruitment to age-2 in southern Lake Michigan. Fisheries Management and Ecology 19:389-399.
  14. Lauer, T. E. 2012. Improving the learning process for both instructor and student using assessments. Fisheries 37:76-79. 
  15. Lauer, T. E. and A. H. Moerke. 2012. Publishing your thesis/dissertation: Facilitating the process. Book Chapter in: Jennings, C., T. E. Lauer, and B. Vondracek. Scientific Communications for Natural Resource Professionals. American Fisheries Society. Bethesda, MD. 
  16. Pyron, M., J. Beugly, J. Pritchett, S. Jacquemin, T. Lauer, and J. Gammon. 2010 Long-term fish assemblages of inner bends in a large river. River Research and Applications. 
  17. Willenberg, Z., J. Walters, T. Lauer, T. Stefanavage. 2010. Demographic comparison of channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus in commercially fished and non-commercially fished reaches of the Wabash River. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 25: 261-270.
  18. Rydell, J.J., T.E. Lauer, and P. Forsythe. 2010. The influence of abiotic factors on gill-net catch rates of yellow perch in southern Lake Michigan, 1989-2006. Fisheries Management and Ecology 17: 284-290.
  19. Lauer, T. E., and J. Hendrix. 2009. Quantifying student learning through assessing the value of discussion and repeated writing assignments. The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 20 (3):425-437.
  20. Cain, M. L., T. E. Lauer, and J. K. Lau. 2008. Habitat use of grass pickerel Esox americanus vermiculatus in Indiana streams. American Midland Naturalist 160: 96-109. 
  21. Headley, H. C. and T. E. Lauer. 2008. Fluctuating abundance of yellow perch and their relationship to growth in southern Lake Michigan, 1984-2004. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28:57-69.
  22. 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.
  23. Pyron, M., T. E. Lauer, D. LeBlanc, D. Weitzel, and J. R. Gammon. 2007. Temporal and spatial variation in an index of biological integrity for the middle Wabash River, Indiana. Hydrobiologia 600:205-214.
  24. 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.
  25. 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. 
  26. 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
  27. 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. 
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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. 
  32. 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. 
  33. 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. 
  34. Pyron, M. and T. E. Lauer. 2004. Hydrologic variation and fish assemblage structure in the middle Wabash River. Hydrobiologia 525 (1-3): 203-213. 
  35. 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. 
  36. 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.
  37. 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. 
  38. Lauer, T. E. 2003. Conceptualizing ecology: A learning cycle approach. The American Biology Teacher 65(7):518-522. 
  39. 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. 
  40. Lauer, T. E. A. Spacie, and D. Barnes. 2001. The distribution and habitat preference of freshwater sponges (Porifera) in four southern Lake Michigan harbors. American Midland Naturalist 146:243-253. 
  41. Lauer, T. E. and T. S. McComish. 2001. Impact of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) on fingernail clams (Sphaeriidae) in extreme southern Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 27(2)230-238. 
  42. Lauer, T. E. 2000. Jelly Belly jelly beans and ecological principles in the classroom: appealing to the students' stomach. The American Biology Teacher 62:42-45. 
  43. Lauer, T. E. and A. Spacie. 2000. The effects of sponge (Porifera) biofouling on zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) fitness: reduction of glycogen, tissue loss, and mortality. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 15:83-92. 
  44. Lauer, T. E. D. Barnes, A. Ricciardi, and A. Spacie. 1999. Evidence of recruitment inhibition of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) by a freshwater bryozoan (Lophopodella carteri). Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 18(3):406-413. 
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