Thomas Evans

Past Postdoctoral Research Fellow

214 Schaefer Hall
St. Mary’s City, Maryland, 20650

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Dr. Thomas Evans is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR), advised by Drs. Lars Rudstam and James Watkins of Cornell University, and Dr. Zachary S. Feiner of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Hosted by Cornell University, Dr. Evans is investigating the applications of Size Spectrum Theory in the food webs of the Great Lakes, or how bacteria and plankton surveys can inform our understanding of population dynamics in larger species that feed on these smaller organisms. Dr. Evans joined CIGLR in 2018, having received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York the year prior. Alongside his fellowship, he is also currently a visiting assistant professor with the University of Maryland Department of Biology.

  • Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (2017)
  • M.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University (2012)
  • B.S. in Biology, Juniata College (2008)
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
  • Size Spectrum Theory in Great Lakes food webs
  • Lamprey Feeding Ecology
  • Fish Migration Strategies
  • Fisheries Management
Recent Publications: 

Evans, T.M. and A.M. Weber. 2020. Multiple stable isotopes identify sediment organic matter as the primary nutritional source to American brook lamprey larvae along a stream gradient. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. (DOI:10.1139/cjfas-2018-0270).

Evans, T.M. and K.E. Limburg. 2019. Parasitism offers large rewards but carries high risks: Predicting parasitic strategies under different life history conditions in lampreys. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. (DOI:10.1111/jeb.13481).

Evans, T.M. and R. Lampman. 2019. Comparison of stable isotope ratios in larval Pacific lamprey tissues and their nutritional sources when reared on a mixed diet. Aquaculture. (DOI:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.01.012). [Altmetric Score]

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Recent Presentations:

Thomas M. Evans, James Watkins, Doran Mason, Zachary S. Feiner, and Lars Rudstam. June 2019. Using size spectrum modeling to inform ecosystem management of the Great Lakes? Brockport, NY.

Thomas M. Evans, Lars Rudstam, James Watkins, Doran Mason, and Zachary S. Feiner. 2019. Can size spectrum modeling be used to inform ecosystem management of the Great Lakes? Poughkeepsie, NY.

Thomas M. Evans, Maureen G. Walsh, and Brian C. Weidel. 2018. Lake Ontario Deepwater Sculpin diet identification using gut content and stable isotopes: Are all Mysis equal? Cooperstown, NY.

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