Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee

569 Dabney Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
elarson8@utk.edu
865-974-2913


Education 

PhD  (2011)                 Aquatic and Fishery Sciences    University of Washington

MS   (2007)                 Biology                                  University of Arkansas

BS    (2004)                 Fishery Resources                   University of Idaho


Professional Experience 

2012-           Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2007-2011     Graduate Assistant, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

2008             Visiting Scientist, Center for Environmental Risk, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki, Japan (summer)         

2005-2007     Graduate Assistant, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

2004-2005     Research Technician, Northwest Ecological Sciences, Moscow, Idaho

2003             Research Technician, Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University, Logan (summer) 

2002             Fisheries Bioaide, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, McCall (summer)

2001             Volunteer, Ashley National Forest and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Manila (summer)

2000-2003     Laboratory Technician, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow (part time)

1999-2000     Interpretive Marine Naturalist, Aquarium at Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas

 

Select Grants and Research Awards

Oregon Zoo Future for Wildlife Grant. Larson, E.R. 2009. Forecasting the Potential Spread 
and Impacts of Invasive Crayfish in the Northwestern United States. $4,250.

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Fellowship. Larson,
E.R.
2008. A Home-and-Away Comparison of the Effects of an Invasive Crayfish on Aquatic Food
Webs. $5,000 + $5,600 match from Japan Society for Promotion of Science.
 

Berkelund Undergraduate Research Award. Larson, E.R. 2003. Evaluation of Stream Restoration
Efforts on Paradise Creek, Latah County, ID using a Bioassessment of the Macroinvertebrate
Community. $1,400.

 

Teaching

Applied Multivariate Statistics for Ecologists (Teaching Assistant, Winter 09)


Student Advising

Undergraduate
Kim Wood, University of Washington Senior Capstone Project, 2011
“Morphological variation in the signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus across populations”

Ben Clemence, University of Washington Senior Capstone Project, 2008
"Effects of invasive red swamp crayfish on shelter occupancy of native signal crayfish" 

Clint Turner, University of Arkansas Senior Honors Thesis, 2006/2007
“Effects of drying on survival of an introduced and native crayfish species”

High School
Andrea Wong, AFS Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, 2011

Francis Lin and Kerry Ung, AFS Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, 2009


Professional Service

Journal Reviewer
American Midland Naturalist, Aquatic Ecology, Aquatic Invasions, Biological Conservation, Biological 
Invasions (4), Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Conservation Biology, Ecological
Applications
, Ecology (3), 
Ecology and Evolution, Fisheries Research, Freshwater Science (3), Global
Change Biology, 
Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Crustacean
Biology
(2), Journal of the North American Benthological Society, Knowledge and Management of Aquatic
Ecosystems
 (KMAE Journal), Marine Ecology Progress Series, PLoS One, Proceedings of the National
Academy of 
Sciences, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society

Department Committees and Service                                    
Aquatic ecologist faculty search committee, 2003/2004
Tenure review committee, 2002/2003
Editor, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources student newsletter, 2001-2003 

Professional Society Service
Special Session Co-Organizer, American Fisheries Society National Meeting, 2011
Student Social Co-Organizer, American Fisheries Society National Meeting, 2011
Vice President, University of Washington Subunit of the American Fisheries Society, 2009
President, University of Arkansas Subunit of the American Fisheries Society, 2006/2007
Vice President, Palouse Unit of the American Fisheries Society, 2003/2004 

Professional Society Membership
American Fisheries Society
Ecological Society of America
North American Benthological Society

 

Select Honors and Awards

University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Faculty Merit Award, 2011
North American Benthological Society Meeting Runner-Up Best Presentation in Basic Research, 2010
Western Division American Fisheries Society and Sustainable Fisheries Foundation William Trachtenberg Scholarship, 2010
North American Benthological Society Meeting Best Presentation in Basic Research, 2009
University of Washington Victor and Tamara Loosanoff Fellowship, 2007-2009
University of Washington ARCS Fellowship, 2007-2009
University of Arkansas Scott D. Shull Award for Outstanding Coop Unit Grad Student, 2007
University of Arkansas American Fisheries Society Subunit Outstanding Member, 2007
Summa Cum Laude, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, 2004
University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Senior of the Year, 2004
Morris K. Udall Scholar for Environmental Policy, 2002 and 2003
University of Idaho Alumni Association Award for Excellence, 2003
University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Dean’s List, 2000-2004 


Invited Presentations

Emerging tools for managing the risk of species invasions and imperilment under
data-limited circumstances. Ohio State University School of the Environment and
Natural Resources, October 25, 2012. (Link)

 

Media Coverage

Print or Online

"Boiled Away: The Fate of Crayfish in Warming Waters" - Conservation Biology News,
Kira Clingen (link and link), 2013

"UW Professor Leading Effort to Eliminate Invasive Crayfish in Pine Lake" - Sammamish
Review, Ari Cetron, March 6 2013 (link)

"Ecological Avatars Predict Species Invasions" - Real Clear Science, Lauren Kuehne, 
November 29 2012 (link)

"Stuck in the Craw" - The Portland Oregonian, Jack Ohman, August 10 2012 (link)

"Survey: Many Science Teachers, Including in the PNW, Release Aquatic Invasive
Species into Environment" - The Columbia Basin Bulletin, August 10 2012 (link)

"Invasive Species Could be Transmitted by School Teachers Releasing Critters 
into the Wild" - The Portland Oregonian, Ian C. Campbell, August 8
 2012 (link)

"How Your Science Teacher may be Spreading Invasive Species" - MSNBC, August 
7 2012 (link)

"Crayfishing is a Delicious Outdoor Sport; No License Require." - The Seattle Times,
Tan Vinh, July 11 2012 (link)

"Urbanization alters food consumption patterns among lake-dwelling crayfish" - 
Anthrophysis, Caitlin Knight, July 14 2011 (link)

“Invasive Crayfish may be Class Pets First” – Oregon Public Broadcasting News,
Vince Patton, February 17 2011 (link)

Television or Radio

"Crayfish Turf Wars of the Northwest" - KUOW.ORG, July 15 2013 (link)

“Classroom Culprits? Invasive Crayfish Threaten Western Waterways” –PBS Newshour,
PBS National Broadcast, March 10 2011 (link)

“Crayfish Invasion” – Oregon Field Guide Episode 2210, Oregon Public Broadcasting,
February 2011 (link)