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Eric Strauss


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Specialty area(s)

Limnology, Ecosystem Ecology, Water Quality

Brief biography

Dr. Eric Strauss is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at UW-L. In this position, he leads an undergraduate and graduate research program examining nutrient cycling and other ecosystem processes in stream and river systems. He also teaches several courses in the fields of limnology, water quality, ecology, and general biology. Prior to UW-L, he spent two years as an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University and several years as a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse. With the U.S. Geological Survey, he collaborated with other scientists to determine spatial and temporal patterns of nitrogen cycling in the Upper Mississippi River and to estimate the effects of these processes on nitrate and total nitrogen load and export in the Mississippi River. His education includes a B.S. in Fisheries Biology and a M.S. in Biology (Dr. Walter Dodds, advisor) from Kansas State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Biology (Dr. Gary Lamberti, advisor) from the University of Notre Dame where he studied the interactive effects of chemical/biological factors on nitrogen cycling in stream ecosystems.

Current courses at UWL

BIO 105 - General Biology
BIO 341 - Limnology
BIO 447 - Standard Methods and Quality Assurance of Water Analysis
BIO 476 - Ecosystem Ecology
BIO 491 - Senior Capstone in Biology

Professional history

2007 – Present Dept. Biology, Univ. Wisconsin – La Crosse
2005 – 2007 Dept. Biological Sciences, Fort Hays State Univ.
2004 – 2005 Biologist, USGS, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
1999 – 2004 Dept. Biology, Univ. Wisconsin – La Crosse

Research and publishing

Recent Publications:
Mooney, R.J., E.A. Strauss, and R.J. Haro. 2014. Nutrient recycling by caddisflies alleviates phosphorus limitation in case periphyton. Freshwater Science. 33(4): 1086–1092.

Kreiling, R.M., J.P. Schubauer-Berigan, W.B. Richardson, L.A. Bartsch, P.E. Hughes, J.C. Cavanaugh, and E.A. Strauss. 2013. Wetland management and restoration for wildlife reduces sediment and nutrient loading to the Upper Mississippi River: mechanisms and outcomes. Journal of Environmental Quality. 42: 573-583.

Strauss, E.A., W.B. Richardson, L.A. Bartsch, J.C. Cavanaugh. 2011. Effect of habitat type on in-stream nitrogen loss in the Mississippi River. River Systems. 19(3): 261–269.

Stelzer, R.S., L.A. Bartsch, W.B. Richardson, and E.A. Strauss. 2011. The dark side of the hyporheic zone: depth profiles of nitrogen and its processing in stream sediments. Freshwater Biology. 56(10): 2021–2033.

Austin, B.J. and E.A. Strauss. 2011. Nitrification and denitrification response to varying periods of desiccation and inundation in a western Kansas stream. Hydrobiologia. 658: 183-195.

Duff, J.H., A.J. Tesoriero, W.B. Richardson, E.A. Strauss, and M.D. Munn. 2008. Whole-stream response to nitrate loading in three streams draining agricultural landscapes. Journal of Environmental Quality. 37: 1133–1144.

Strauss, E.A., W.B. Richardson, J.C. Cavanaugh, L.A. Bartsch, R.M. Kreiling, and A.J. Standorf. 2006. Variability and regulation of denitrification in an Upper Mississippi River backwater. Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 25(3): 596-606.

Cavanaugh, J.C., W.B. Richardson, E.A. Strauss, and L.A. Bartsch. 2006. Nitrogen dynamics in sediment during water level manipulation on the Upper Mississippi River. River Research and Applications. 22: 651-666.

Bruesewitz, D.A., J.L. Tank, M.J. Bernot, W.B. Richardson, and E.A. Strauss. 2006. Seasonal effects of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) on sediment denitrification rates in Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 63: 957-969.


Ph.D. 2000 Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
M.S. 1995 Biology, Kansas State University
B.S. 1992 Fisheries Biology, Kansas State University
B.S. 1992 Chemical Science, Kansas State University