Luke Bower

Assistant Professor
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: Lehotsky Hall 234
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 Educational Background

PhD Wildllife and Fisheries
Texas A&M Unversity 2019

MS Biology
Southeastern Louisiana University 2013

BS BIology
Erskine College 2010

 Courses Taught

Functional ecology

 Research Interests

I apply community, evolutionary, and functional ecology concepts to inform the management and conservation of freshwater fishes. My research focuses on understanding how changes in environmental gradients influences assemblage and functional structure of aquatic systems across multiple scales. I explore how the flow regime influences population and assemblage change across landscape gradients to better inform state flow standards. Another major research focus is the use of functional traits to examine ecological questions, assemblage responses to environmental alteration, and describe patterns across levels of biological organization, niche dimensions, and spatial scales to inform the conservation and management of aquatic systems.


Bower, L. M., & Winemiller, K. O. (2019). Fish assemblage convergence along stream environmental gradients: an intercontinental analysis. Ecography, 42(10), 1691-1702.
Bower, L. M., & Winemiller, K. O. (2019). Intercontinental trends in functional and phylogenetic structure of stream fish assemblages. Ecology and Evolution, 9(24), 13862-13876.
Bower, L. M., Andrade, M. C., Arantes, C. C., Bokhutlo, T., Cunha, E. R., Keppeler, F. W., López-Delgado, E. O., Quintana, Y., Saenz, D. E., Mayes, K. B., Roberston, C. R., Winemiller, K. O., (2019). Effects of hydrology on fish diversity and assemblage structure in a Texan coastal plains river. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 148(1).
Luciano F. A. Montag, Kirk O. Winemiller, Friedrich W. Keppeler, Híngara Leão, Naraiana L. Benone, Naiara R. Torres, Bruno S. Prudente, Tiago O. Begot, Luke M. Bower, David E. Saenz, Edwin O. Lopez-Delgado, Yasmin Q. Morales, David J. Hoeinghaus, & Leandro Juen. (2018). Land cover change and stream fish assemblages in the lower Amazon: relationships with riparian and instream habitat. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. Accepted.
Bower, L. M., Jawad, L., Gnohossou, P., & Tossou, A. G. (2018). Intraspecific Morphological Divergence in two Cichlid Species from Benin. African Journal of Aquatic Science. 43(4).
Peterson, C. C., Keppeler, F. W., Saenz, D. E., Bower, L. M., & Winemiller, K. O. (2017). Seasonal variation in fish trophic networks in two clear-water streams in the Central Llanos region, Venezuela. Neotropical Ichthyology, 15(2).
Bower, L. M., & Piller, K. R. (2015). Shaping up: a geometric morphometric approach to assemblage ecomorphology. Journal of Fish Biology, 87(3), 691-714.
Winemiller, K. O., Fitzgerald, D. B., Bower, L. M., & Pianka, E. R. (2015). Functional traits, convergent evolution, and periodic tables of niches. Ecology Letters, 18(8), 737-751.
Foster, K., Bower, L., & Piller, K. (2015). Getting in shape: habitat?based morphological divergence for two sympatric fishes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 114(1), 152-162.