Biology

Eric Snyder

Eric Snyder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Aquatic Biology

Office: 207 Henry
Phone: (616) 331-2417
Email:
snydeeri@gvsu.edu

Click to see Curriculum Vitae

 
 
 
Education:
 
Doctor of Philosophy. Idaho State University, 1993-200. Major: Zoology, emphasis Stream Ecology. Advisor: Dr. G. Wayne Minshall

Master of Science. Central Michigan University, 1991-1993. Major: Aquatic Biology. Advisors: Drs. Robert H. and Donna K. King

Bachelor of Science. Manchester College, Indiana, 1986-1990. Major: Biology and Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Fish ecology
  • Aquatic restoration ecology
  • Groundwater ecology
  • Aquatic insect entomology
  • Lotic ecosystem metabolism
  • Organic matter budgets in lotic ecosystems
  • Lotic diatom community composition and function
  • Trophic structure of lotic ecosystems
  • Landscape ecology
  • Large river ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courses taught at GVSU:

*denotes frequently taught   courses

BIO 104 Biology for the 21st Century
BIO 107 Great Lakes and Water Resources*
BIO 120 General Biology I
*BIO 215 Ecology
BIO 301 Biodiversity of the Americas
BIO 352 Animal Behavior
BIO 413 Freshwater Algae
BIO 442 Fish Ecology
BIO 450 Stream Ecology*
BIO 495 Evolutionary Biology*
BIO 575 Ecology of the Great Lakes
-Course Syllabus
BIO 610 Scientific Methods

NRM 580 Aquatic Ecosystem Management*

 

 

 

Publications:

DeBoer*, J.A., J.M. Holtgren, S.A. Ogren, and E.B. Snyder. Accepted with revisions. Resiliency of resident fish to a 100-year flood in a low-gradient Michigan stream. American Midland Naturalist.

Salas, A., and E.B. Snyder. 2009. Diel Summer Movement Patterns of Fish in Sickle Creek, Manistee County, Michigan American Midland Naturalist 163:33-43.

Snyder, E.B., S.A. Ogren, J.M. Holtgren, J.D. DeBoer, K. Nault, N. De Mol, N. Gressick, A. Wright.  In progress.  Does reach-scale sediment abatement have a measurable impact on stream structure and function?  River Research and Applications.

Snyder, E.B., and G.W. Minshall. 2005. An energy budget for the Kootenai River, Idaho (USA), with application for management of the Kootenai white sturgeon, Acipenser transpontanus. Aquatic Sciences 67:472-485.

Thomas, S.A., T.V. Royer, E.B. Snyder, and J.C. Davis. 2005. Organic carbon spiraling in an Idaho river. Aquatic Sciences 67:424-433.

Stanford, J.A., F.R. Hauer, S.A. Gregory, E.B. Snyder. 2005. The Columbia River. Pages 591-654 in A.C. Benke, C.E. Cushing (eds.) The Rivers of North America. Academic Press.

Salas, A., E.B. Snyder. In press. Diel Summer Movement Patterns of Fish in Sickle Creek, Manistee County, Michigan. GVSU McNair Scholars Journal.

Snyder, E.B., C.P. Arango, D.J. Eitemiller, J.A. Stanford, M.L. Uebelacker. 2003. Floodplain hydrologic connectivity and potential for restoration in the Yakima River Basin, USA. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. Vol. 28(4):1653-1657.

S.A. Thomas, T.V. Royer, G.W. Minshall, E.B. Snyder. 2003. Assessing the historic contribution of marine-derived nutrients to Idaho streams. Pages 41-58 in J.G. Stockner, editor. Nutrients in salmonid ecosystems: Sustaining production and biodiversity. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 34, Bethesda, Maryland.

E.B. Snyder, C.T. Robinson, S.R. Rushforth, G.W. Minshall. 2002. Patterns in periphyton accrual and diatom assemblage structure across a heterogeneous landscape. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 59:564-577.

J.T. Brock, T.V. Royer, E.B. Snyder, and S.A. Thomas. 1999. Periphyton metabolism: A chamber approach (pages 217-224) In R.H. Webb, J.C. Schmidt, G.R. Marzolf, and R.A. Valdez (editors). The controlled flood in Grand Canyon. Geophysical Monograph 110, American Geophysical Union. 367 pgs.

T.L. Bott, J.T. Brock, A. Baattrup-Pedersen, P.A. Chambers, W.K. Dodds, K.T.
Himbeault, J.R. Lawrence, D. Planas, E.B. Snyder, G.M. Wolfaardt. 1997. An evaluation of techniques for measuring periphyton metabolism in chambers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 54:715-725.

E.B. Snyder, C.T. Robinson, S.R. Rushforth, and G.W. Minshall. In preparation. Patterns in periphyton accrual and diatom assemblage structure across a heterogeneous landscape. (chapter 1 of dissertation)

E.B. Snyder and G.W. Minshall. In preparation. Ecosystem metabolism in the Kootenai River, Idaho: Use of chamber and open-system techniques to examine patterns related to the changing habitat template. (chapter 2 of dissertation)

E.B. Snyder and G.W. Minshall. In preparation. Organic matter spiraling and mass balance for three physically distinct river reaches. (chapter 3 of dissertation)

E.B. Snyder and G.W. Minshall. In preparation. A simple energetics model of macroinvertebrate and fish standing stock sustained by autotrophic productivity and transported organic matter. (chapter 4 of dissertation).

 

Technical Reports:

(expert model review panelist contracted by Battelle) Planning Model Quality Assurance Review Report for the Sacramento River Bank Protection Project Standard Assessment Methodology (SAM) and SAM Electronic Calculation Template (ECT). 2010. For: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ecosystem Restoration Planning Center of Expertise. Contract No. W911NF-07-D-0001.

Caldwell, C., and E.B. Snyder. 2009. Response of chemicophysical variables and macroinvertebrate communities to the presence and drawdown of a low-head dam. Final report prepared for Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Undergraduate Research Grant Experiences.

Snyder, E.B., J. Nelson, J. Drogowski, M. Harju.  2008.  Aquatic ecosystem response to storm-water abatement measures in the ravines of the GVSU Allendale campus: establishment of base-line biological condition.  Submitted to GVSU Facilities Management.

Snyder, E.B.,
J. DeBoer, K. Nault.  2007.  Biophysical response summaries in Bear, Pine, and Sickle Creeks, Manistee, MI.  2007.  S. Ogren and J. Holtgren (co-principle investigators and editors) In Big Manistee River Targeted Watershed Initiative Final Technical Report.  Submitted to EPA.  74 pgs.

E.B. Snyder
, N. DeMol, N. Gressick, M. Holtrgen, S. Ogren, and A. Wright.  2006.  Development of conservation recommendations for riparian, in-stream restoration projects, and Lake Sturgeon spawning site reclamations in the Manistee River watershed.  Submitted to EPA.  56 pgs.

Salas, A., E.B. Snyder.  2006.  Diel Summer Movement Patterns of Fish in Sickle Creek, Manistee County, Michigan.  McNair Scholars Journal.

Gabriel, A., and E.B. Snyder.  2006.  Restoration of the Wapato Floodplain: A Template for the Preservation, Restoration, and Monitoring of Critical Habitat within the Wapato Floodplain of the Yakama River Basin, Washington.  Annual Progress Report for The Yakama Nation,Wildlife Resource Management.  35 pgs.

Snyder, E.B.
, and A. Fuentes.  2006.  Effect of substrate improvements on the primary production of riverine ecosystems.  Final report for Faculty Research and Development grant.

Snyder, E.B., and A. Gabriel. 2005. Restoration of the Wapato Floodplain: A Template for the Preservation, Restoration, and Monitoring of Critical Habitat within the Wapato Floodplain of the Yakama River Basin, Washington. Annual Progress Report for The Yakama Nation,Wildlife Resource Management. 33 pgs.

Donner, K., and E.B. Snyder. 2005. Energetics of a Super-abundant Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) Population in Pine Creek, MI. Final Report, Student Summer Scholars. 27 pgs.

Snyder, E.B., and A. Fuentes. In preparation. Effect of substrate improvements on the primary production of riverine ecosystems. Final report for Faculty Research and Development grant.

Snyder, E.B., A. Gabriel, M.L. Lorang, D. Whited, D. Eitemiller. 2004. Restoration of the Wapato Floodplain: A Template for the Preservation, Restoration, and Monitoring of Critical Habitat within the Wapato Floodplain of the Yakama River Basin, Washington. Yakama Nation, Wildlife Management. 49 pgs.

Liefer, J., and E.B. Snyder. 2004. Plant diversity and biogeochemistry across a wetland inundation gradient. Final Report, Student Summer Scholars Program, GVSU. 17 pgs.

E.B. Snyder, J.A. Stanford, and J.L. Chaffin. 2002. Derivation of normative flows for a damaged floodplain river ecosystem. Bureau of Reclamation. 97 pgs.

E.B. Snyder and J.A. Stanford. 2001. Review and synthesis of data related to instream flow provision in the Yakima River ecosystem, Washington. Bureau of Reclamation. 122 pgs.

E.B. Snyder and G.W. Minshall. 1996. Ecosystem metabolism and nutrient dynamics in the Kootenai River in relation to impoundment and flow enhancement for fisheries management. Final Report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 102 pages.

T.V. Royer, G.W. Minshall, J.D. Schomberg, E.B. Snyder, and S.E. Relyea. 1996. Development of biomonitoring protocols for large rivers in Idaho. Idaho Division of Environmental Quality, Boise, Idaho. 16 pages

E.B. Snyder and G.W. Minshall. 1994. Ecosystem metabolism and nutrient dynamics in the Kootenai River in relation to impoundment and flow enhancement for fisheries management. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 42 pages.

S.A. Thomas, E.B. Snyder, and G.W. Minshall. 1994. Ecosystem metabolism. Pages 67-91 in G.W. Minshall and C.T. Robinson (eds.). Middle Reach of the Snake River: Water Quality, Ecosystem Metabolism, and Nutrient Spiraling. SCIRO - IDHW, Division of Environmental Quality. Twin Falls, Idaho.

S.A. Thomas, E.B. Snyder, and G.W. Minshall. 1994. Carbon spiraling. Pages 92-101 in G.W. Minshall and C.T. Robinson (eds.). Middle Reach of the Snake River: Water Quality, Ecosystem Metabolism, and Nutrient Spiraling. SCIRO - IDHW, Division of Environmental Quality. Twin Falls, Idaho.

 

Presentations:

Snyder, E.B., C. Caldwell. 2010. Functional and structural responses to reservoir draw-down and dam removal, Thornapple River, MI. (oral) North American Benthological Society, Santa Fe, NM.

Snyder, E.B., P. Wampler, J. Nelson, J. Drogowski, M. Harju. 2009. An argument for the preservation and protection of a unique set of 1st order tributary streams and their response to a press disturbance. North American Benthological Society, Grand Rapids, MI. Snyder, E. (Presenter & Author), CLAS colloquium and Sabbatical Showcase, GVSU, "Alpine stream response to glacial retreat". (2009).

Ettema, N. (Presenter & Author – Graduate Student), Davis, J., Davis, G., Snyder, E., Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Fish and Wildlife Society, Springfield, IL, "Metabolism as an indicator of river ecosystem health: a case study on the Little Susitna River, Alaska", Academic, Regional. (November 2009).

Caldwell, C. (Presenter & Author – Undergraduate Student), Snyder, E., West Michigan Undergraduate Research Conference, GVSU and Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, "Response of chemicophysical variables and macroinvertebrate communities to the presence and drawdown of a low-head dam". (October 2009).

Caldwell, C., (Presenter & Author – Undergraduate Student), Snyder, E., Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Undergraduate Research Grant Experiences Symposium, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI, "Response of chemicophysical variables and macroinvertebrate communities to the presence and drawdown of a low-head dam". (August 2009).

Snyder, E. (Presenter & Author), Annual meeting  of the N. Am. Benthol. Soc., NABS, Grand Rapids, MI, "An argument for the preservation and protection of a unique set of 1st order tributary streams and their response to a press disturbance", Academic, International. (June 2009).

Ettema, N. (Presenter & Author), Davis, J., Davis, G., Snyder, E., Annual Meeting, North American Benthological Society, NABS, Grand Rapids, MI, "Recreational impacts on ecosystem processes: potential effects of recreational boat traffic on metabolism in the Little Susitna River, Alaska", Academic, International, peer-reviewed/refereed. (June 2009)

Snyder, E.B., J.A. DeBoer, K.N. Nault, J.M. Holtgren, S.R. Ogren.  2008.  Long-term monitoring of sand reduction in the Manistee River watershed, MI (USA):  Assessing ecological recovery trajectories for physical, chemical, biological and functional metrics.  (poster) North American Benthological Society, Salt Lake City, UT. 

Snyder, E.B.  2008.  Using structural and functional metrics to assess stream restoration.  Invited seminar.  EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), Dubendorf, CH. 

Snyder, E.B., J.M. Holtgren, S.A. Ogren.  2007.  Using functional metrics to assess stream restoration.  Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Madison, WI.

Snyder, E.B., N. De Mol, J. DeBoer, N. Gressick, K. Nault, S. Ogren, A. Wright.  2007.  Physical, biological and functional responses to river restoration.  Invited presentation at the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians town-hall meeting (EPA, LRBOI, GVSU grant wrap-up).

Snyder, E.B., N. De Mol, J. DeBoer, N. Gressick, K. Nault, S. Ogren, A. Wright.  2007.  Physical, biological and functional responses to river restoration.  GVSU CLAS Colloquium. 

Snyder, E.B.  2007.  Stream restoration:  Does it work?  Invited seminar.  Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN. 

Snyder, E.B., A. Fuentes, M. Holtgren, S. Ogren. 2006. Measuring functional responses to stream restoration using in situ metabolism. Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society, Anchorage, AK.

Snyder, E.B. 2005. An energetic approach to stream management. Invited presentation at Stream Ecology Symposium in honor of G. Wayne Minshall, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID.

Snyder, E.B., and P. Roth. 2004. Benthic metabolism in sand-impacted streams that differ in land use: The energetics of high production to respiration ratios. North American Benthological Society, Vancouver, BC.

Roth, P., and E.B. Snyder. 2003. Does the metabolic energy base in sand-impacted streams differ as nutrient, riparian, and land-use conditions change? GVSU Student Summer Research Symposium. AWRI, Muskegon, MI.

E.B. Snyder, J.A. Stanford, J.L. Chaffin. 2003. Floodplain/riverine connectivity and the restoration of alluvial rivers in the Pacific Northwest: Does the model work for Michigan rivers? Michigan Academy of Sciences. Holland, MI.

E.B. Snyder. 2002. Derivation of normative river flows: Implications for salmon restoration (otherwise known as, fish vs. farmers in the Pacific Northwest). Divisional Colloquium, GVSU, Allendale, MI.

E.B. Snyder, J.A. Chaffin, D. Whited, J.A. Stanford, D.J. Eitemiller, and C.P. Arango. 2002. Floodplain productivity in spring brooks: nutrients, algae, macroinvertebrates, and fish. North American Benthological Society. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

E.B. Snyder, D.J. Eitemiller, M.L. Uebelacker, J.A. Stanford. 2001. Floodplain hydrologic connectivity and fisheries restoration in the Yakima River, USA. XXVIII Congress of the Societas Internationalis Limnologiae. Melbourne, Australia.

E.B. Snyder and J.A. Stanford. 2000. Occurrence of large-bodied hyporheos in another large gravel-bed river. North American Benthological Society. Keystone, Colorado.

E.B. Snyder and J.A. Stanford. 2000. Review and synthesis of data related to instream flow provision in the Yakima River ecosystem. Bureau of Reclamation and Yakima Basin wildlife managers, Yakima, Washington.

E.B. Snyder. 2000. The ecology of large river ecosystems: present conditions in an historical context. Keynote Address: Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Annual Habitat Specialist Meeting. Wenatchee, WA.

Gibson, A.M., L.M. Villalobos, and E.B. Snyder. Ecosystem responses to low-head dam removal: Assessment of physical habitat, water chemistry, and macroinvertebrates. Final report prepared for Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Undergraduate Research Grant Experiences.

Scientific & Professional Societies:

North American Benthological Society
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
American Academy of Sciences
Michigan Fisheries Society

 

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