Ric at Anapurna

Research Interests

My research interests encompass the fields of stream and wetland ecology. By the nature of its scope, aquatic ecology spans a broad array of subdisciplines such as geomorphology, hydrology, nutrient cycling, bioenergetics, energy flow through food webs, and population and community ecology. The continuing goal of my research is a synthesis of these many areas of organismal biology and ecology and their application toward holistic understanding of stream and wetland environments. This goal has led me to investigate a broad range of topics, for example the interaction of temperature and stream hydrologic cycles on growth and production of stream invertebrates; nutrient and organic matter dynamics in disturbed stream systems; the role of large wood debris in bull trout spawning habitat; and the role of hydrology and geomorphology on wetland vegetation structure and function.

Teaching Interests

Teaching has always been an important part of my professional life. I have taught across a range of students and courses from General Biology for non-majors to upper level undergraduate and graduate level courses in Stream Ecology and Limnology. I find teaching to be exciting and a new challenge each year with a different cohort of students with varied personalities and backgrounds. Currently, I teach stream ecology each summer at Flathead Lake Biological Station, and have done so since summer 1983. Teaching stream ecology within the Flathead Lake Biological Station teaching environment stimulated the conception and development of the book Methods in Stream Ecology, which I co-edited with my colleague, Dr. Gary Lamberti.

Most Recent Publications

  • Hauer, F.R. and C.C. Muhlfeld. 2010. Compelling science saves a river valley. Science. 2010 Mar 26;327(5973):1576.
  • Stein, E. D., M. M. Brinson, M. C. Rains, W. J. Kleindl, and F. R. Hauer. 2010. A response to Tom Hruby. Wetland Science and Practice 27(1):8-9.
  • Stein, E. D., M. M. Brinson, M. C. Rains, W. J. Kleindl, and F. R. Hauer. 2009.  Wetland assessment alphabet soup: How to choose (or not choose) the right assessment method. Wetland Science and Practice 26(4):20-24.
  • Wyatt, K.H., F.R. Hauer, and G.F. Pessoney. 2008. Benthic algal response to hyporheic-surface water exchange in an alluvial river. Hydrobiologia 607: 151-161.
  • Cook, B.J. and F.R. Hauer. 2007.  An intermontane depressional wetland landscape: effects of hydrologic connectivity on water chemistry, soils and vegetation structure and function.  Wetlands 27(3): 719-738.
  • Hauer, F. R., J. A. Stanford and M.S. Lorang. 2007. Pattern and process in northern Rocky Mountain headwaters: Ecological linkages in the headwaters of the Crown of the Continent.  Journal of the American Water Resources Association: 43(1) 104-117.
  • Whited, D.C., M. S. Lorang, M. J. Harner F. R. Hauer, J. S. Kimball and J. A. Stanford. 2007. Climate, hydrologic disturbance, and succession: drivers of floodplain pattern. Ecology: Vol. 88, No. 4, pp. 940–953.
  • Hauer, F. R., J. A. Stanford, M. S. Lorang, B. K. Ellis, and J. A. Craft. 2007. Aquatic Ecosystem Health. p117-134. (IN T. Prato and D. Fagre, Eds). Sustaining Rocky Mountain Landscapes: Science, Policy and Management of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. RFF Press, Washington, D.C. p.321.
  • Hauer, F. R. and W. R. Hill. 2006. Temperature, Light and Oxygen. pp. 103-117. IN F. R. Hauer and G. A Lamberti (eds). Methods in Stream Ecology 2nd Edition.  Academic Press/Elsevier. New York.  p 877.
  • Hauer, F. R. and V. H. Resh. 2006. Macroinvertebrates. pp. 435-464. IN F. R. Hauer and G. A Lamberti (eds). Methods in Stream Ecology 2nd Edition.  Academic Press/Elsevier. New York.  p 877.
  • Lorang, M. S. and  F.R. Hauer. 2006. Fluvial Geomorphic Processes. pp. 145-168. IN F. R. Hauer and G. A Lamberti (eds). Methods in Stream Ecology 2nd Edition.  Academic Press/Elsevier. New York.  p 877.