F. Richard Hauer

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F. Richard Hauer

UM Director-Institute on Ecosystems

Website: http://montanaioe.org
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Personal Summary

F. Richard (Ric) Hauer, is Director of the University of Montana’s Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE) and Professor of Limnology at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. Ric’s research interests encompass the broad interdisciplinary field of ecosystem ecology with focus on freshwaters, especially running waters and gravel-bed river floodplains and wetlands. He has worked on the Transboundary Watershed of the Flathead River/Lake Ecosystem of British Columbia and Montana for over 40 years, beginning with his PhD research in the mid-‘70s. In addition to his personal research, he has served at the USA national level in developing environmental policy and implementation of environmental assessment in the Clean Water Act working with both the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US EPA. Ric is past-President of the international scientific society “Society for Freshwater Science” and is a “Distinguished Scholar” of the University of Montana. He publishes scientific papers in international journals such as Science, Ecology, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and is the lead Editor of Methods in Stream Ecology, the most widely used book in the field of stream/river ecology worldwide, now entering its 3rd edition.


BS 1973 Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

MS 1975 Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Ph.D. 1980 University of North Texas, Limnology and Stream Ecology.




Teaching Experience

2001-2014 Professor of Limnology: Flathead Lake Biological Station University of Montana 27 years teaching Stream Ecology at FLBS - other courses; limnology, wetland ecology

1986-2001 Research Professor: Flathead Lake Biological Station University of Montana

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.

Field of Study

Stream/River Ecology

Professional Experience

2014 - present  Professor and Director, Center for Integrated Research on the Environment

2011-2015 Director, Montana Institute on Ecosystems at University of Montana

2001-2016 Professor of Limnology: Flathead Lake Biological Station University of Montana

1994-2001 Research Professor: Flathead Lake Biological Station University of Montana

1991-1996 Director, Leland Schoonover Freshwater Research Laboratory University of Montana

1989-1994 Associate Research Professor: Flathead Lake Biological Station University of Montana

1986-1989 Assistant Research Professor: Flathead Lake Biological Station University of Montana

1984-1985 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship University of Alabama

1981-1984 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Institute of Ecology - SREL University of Georgia

1976-1980 Graduate Fellow/Research Assistant: Department of Biological Sciences University of North Texas

1973-1975 Research Assistant: Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


Honors / Awards

UM Distinguished Scholar 2011.


Ric is a private pilot and owns and operates a Cessna 185.  He enjoys fly fishing and working with Conservation Colleagues on preserving western mountain gravel-bed rivers.

Selected Publications

Hauer, F.R., H. Locke, V. J. Dreitz, M. Hebblewhite, W. H. Lowe, C. C. Muhlfeld, C. R. Nelson, M. F. Proctor, S. B. Rood, 2016 Gravel-bed river floodplains are the ecological nexus of glaciated mountain landscapes. Sci. Adv. 2, e1600026.

Peipoch, M., M. Brauns, F. R. Hauer, M. Weitere and H. M. Valett. 2015. Ecological simplification: Human influences on riverscape complexity. BioScience doi: 10.1093/biosci/biv120

Kleindl, W.J., Rains, M.C., Marshall, L.A. and Hauer, F.R., 2015. Fire and flood expand the floodplain shifting habitat mosaic concept. Freshwater Science34(4), pp.1366-1382.

2015 Giersch, J. J., S. Jordan, G. Luikart, L.A. Jones, F.R. Hauer, and C.C. Muhlfeld. Climate-induced range contraction of a rare alpine aquatic invertebrate. Freshwater Science 34:53-65.

2013 Valett, H.M., F.R. Hauer, and J.A. Stanford. Landscape influences on ecosystem function: local and routing control of oxygen dynamics in a floodplain aquifer. Ecosystems DOI:10.1007/s10021–013–9717–5.

Hauer, F. R. and C. C. Muhlfeld. 2010. Compelling science saves a river valley. Science 327(5973):1576.

Stanford, J. A., F. R. Hauer, S. V. Gregory and E. B. Snyder. 2010. Columbia River Basin, pp. 258–283. IN:  Benke, A. C. and C. E. Cushing (eds.), Field Guide to Rivers of North America. Elsevier, San Diego, California. 459 pp.

Stein, E. D., M. Brinson, M. C. Rains, W. Kleindl and F. R. Hauer. 2010. A response to Tom Hruby. Wetlands Science and Practice 27(1):8–9

Muhlfeld, C.C., J. J. Giersch, F. R. Hauer, G. T. Pederson, G. Luikart, D. P. Peterson, C. C. Downs, and D. B. Fagre. 2011. Climate change links fate of glaciers and an endemic alpine invertebrate. Climatic Change 106:337-345.

Smith M.G., S.R. Parker, C.H. Gammons, S.R. Poulson, and F.R. Hauer. 2011. Tracing dissolved O2 and dissolved inorganic carbon stable isotope dynamics in the Nyack aquifer: Middle Fork Flathead River, Montana, USA. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (2011), doi:10.1016/j.gca.2011.07.033

Mouw, J. E. B., J. L. Chaffin, D. C. Whited, F. R. Hauer, P. L. Matson, and J. A. Stanford. 2013. Recruitment and successional dynamics diversify the shifting habitat mosaic of an Alaskan floodplain. River Research and Applications 29:671–685.

Lorang, M. S., F. R. Hauer, D. C. Whited, and P. L. Matson. 2013. Using airborne remote-sensing imagery to assess flow releases from a dam in order to maximize renaturalization of a regulated gravel-bed river. Pages 117–132 in J. V. D. Graff and J. E. Evans, editors. The Challenges of Dam Removal and River Restoration Geological Society of America Reviews in Engineering Geology.