Faculty/Staff Directory

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Office Address
3390E Kindschi Hall of Science

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Areas of Expertise
Aquatic Biology, Ecology

Professional Societies

Society for Freshwater Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters
Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Courses Taught at GVSU

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
BIO 610 Scientific Methods

Research Interests

Niche partitioning between Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and Brown Trout (Salmo trutta):  Exploration of the behavioral and feeding interactions between these species in a small, headwater stream.  Experimental manipulations are planned.  (1 graduate student, ongoing)

 Ecology of River Redhorse (Moxostoma carinatum):  Graduate student research will focus on habitat selection and eDNA sampling to explore distribution of this state threatened species. (1 graduate student, ongoing)

 Ecology of Neotropical cloud forest streams, Ecuador:  A study-abroad class participated in research to establish baseline biological conditions using macroinvertebrate, chemical and physical characteristics in 3 river systems located within the Pichincha Province of Ecuador—a cloud forest biome. Graduate student research has continued with an assessment of the riparian amphibian population and a food web study using stable isotopes focusing on several species of glass frogs and upcoming research will explore the potential impacts of rainbow trout farming on the aquatic ecosystems within the cloud forest. (2 graduate & multiple undergraduate students, ongoing)

Ecology and management of freshwater dune wetlands:  Graduate research will focus on the relationship between interdunal wetland characteristics such as size, hydroperiod, and biogeographic proximity to other wetlands, and biodiversity with an emphasis on amphibian community structure. (1 graduate & 2 undergraduate students, ongoing)

Establishing base-line biophysical condition in the Coldwater River, MI, post riparian removal and dredging:  Undergraduate research focused on establishing physical habitat template, and assessment of freshwater mussel, crayfish, and fish community structure and population abundance estimates.  This was in response to the riparian clearing and partial dredging of 14 river miles of the Coldwater River in 2014-15 in a misguided attempt to improve stormwater flow. (5 undergraduate students, completed)

 Consequences and solutions to multiple stream culverts, Cedar Creek, MI:  How do undersized and poorly designed road-stream crossings affect river biota including insects and fish? Ongoing research involving multiple undergraduate students have explored these questions in two river restoration projects, one on High Banks Creek where an old mill dam was removed and banks were stabilized using novel techniques, and before and after culvert replacement in Cedar Creek, south-central Michigan. (completed 2017)

 Understanding the habitat preferences of adult rainbow trout in the Henry’s Fork, Snake River, ID:  Collaborative research project between GVSU and the Henry’s Fork Foundation in support of a supporting a graduate student thesis project.  Research involved telemetry tracking of forty-plus rainbow trout and focal point surveys, in addition to significant habitat evaluation and modeling. (1 graduate student, completed 2015)

 Relationship between freshwater mussels and benthic macroinvertebrates:  Using macroinvertebrates and freshwater mussels to examine pre-restoration conditions in the Cedar Creek, a 3rd order tributary of the Thornapple River, MI.  Research question revolves around the potential community interactions between these organisms. (2 undergraduate students, completed 2014)


Ph. D. Idaho State University, 1993-200. Major: Zoology, emphasis Stream Ecology. Advisor: Dr. G. Wayne Minshall
M. S. Central Michigan University, 1991-1993. Major: Aquatic Biology. Advisors: Drs. Robert H. and Donna K. King
B. S. Manchester College, Indiana, 1986-1990. Major: Biology and Chemistry

Select Publications

Wagner , A.S., A.L. LaValley , K.L. Kyrnak, T.J., Krynak, and E.B. Snyder.  2017.  Anolis gemmosus (Gem anole). Sleep site fidelity.  Herpetological Review, Natural History Notes. 48(3):636.

Kuzniar*, Z., R. VanKirk, E.B. Snyder.  2016Seasonal Effects of Macrophyte Growth on Rainbow Trout Habitat Availability and Selection in a Low-gradient, Groundwater-dominated River.  Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 26:653-665.

DeBoer*, J.A., J.M. Holtgren, S.A. Ogren, and E.B. Snyder.  2015.  Movement and habitat use by mottled sculpin in a sand-dominated 1st order stream following habitat restoration.  American Midland Naturalist. 173:335-345.

Keller, T.A., E.B. Snyder, J.W. Feminella.  2011.  Mechanisms and potential implications of fragmentation in low-order streams (Introduction to special issue on Biotic Implications of Fragmentation of Low-Order Streams). Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 30:1093-1094.

DeBoer*, J.A., J.M. Holtgren, S.A. Ogren, and E.B. Snyder.  2011.  Resiliency of resident fish to a 100-year flood in a low-gradient Michigan stream.  American Midland Naturalist 166:446-452.

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.,  and G.W. Minshall.  2005An energy budget for the Kootenai River, Idaho (USA), with application for management of the Kootenai white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus.  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.  2005The Columbia River.  Pages 591-654 in A.C. Benke, C.E. Cushing (eds.) The Rivers of North America.  Academic Press.

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.

Thomas, S.A., 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.

Snyder, E.B., 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.

Brock, J.T., 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.

Bott, T.L., 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. 

Recent Presentations

Snyder, E.B., N. Preville*, and J. Radecki .  2017.  Consequences of riparian removal and dredging on the ecological health of the Coldwater River, MI.  (oral) Invited seminar – Barry County Conservation District and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

Snyder, E.B.  2016.  River regulation and dam removal in Michigan: lessons learned.  (oral) Invited seminar – Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, noon seminar series.

Snyder, E.B., A.H. Harris, and J. Lyons.  2016.  Physical habitat, macroinvertebrate community structure, and stream metabolism in the headwaters of an Ecuadorian cloud forest stream network.  (poster) Annual meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science, Sacramento, CA. 

Snyder, E.B.  2016.  River ecology in the Neotropics and United Kingdom applied to teaching and research.  (poster) Sabbatical show-case.

Snyder, E.B., T. Krynak, K. Krynak, & J. Lyons.  2015.  Ecology and management of neotropical rivers: Lessons from the cloud forest in Ecuador.  (oral) Annual meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science, Milwaukee, WI.

Snyder, E.B.  2015.  Intersections between ecology, evolution, the arts and religion.  (oral) Invited Seminar – Community Arts Program, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, MI.

Snyder, E.B.  2015.  Evolutionary Biology, the Arts, and Religion.  (oral) Invited Seminar – Community Artist and Speaker Series, First Presbyterian Church, Grand Haven, MI.

Snyder, E.B.  2014.  Ecology and management of neotropical rivers: lessons from Ecuador.  (oral) Invited Seminar – Annis Water Resources Institute, Muskegon, MI.

Snyder, E.B., J. McNair, N. Morrison†, & M. Krause†.  2013.  FPOM transport modeling: surface and mid-depth injection using corn pollen as an analog.  (poster) Annual meeting of the Society of for Freshwater Science, Jacksonville, FL.

Snyder, E.B.  2013.  Importance of river corridors for birds.  (oral) Invited Seminar – Grand Haven Audubon Chapter.


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