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Clemson University
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Luke Bower

Assistant Professor
Asst. Unit Leader - SC Cooperative Research Unit
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.


Stoczynski, L., Scott, M. C., Bower, L., & Peoples, B. (2023). Effects of environment and metacommunity delineation on multiple dimensions of stream fish beta diversity. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 11, 182.

Winemiller, K. O., Andrade, M. C., Arantes, C. C., Bokhutlo, T., Bower, L. M., Cunha, E. R., Bower, L. M., & Robertson, C. R. (2023). Can spatial food web subsidies associated with river hydrology and lateral connectivity be detected using stable isotopes?. Food Webs, 34, e00264.

Bower, L. M., & Peoples, B. K. (2022). Microhabitat use of larval fish in a South Carolina Piedmont stream. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 37(1), 583-596.

Grady, J. T., Bower, L. M., Gienger, C. M., & Blanton, R. E. (2022). Fish scale shape follows predictable patterns of variation based on water column position, body size, and phylogeny. Evolutionary Ecology, 1-24.

Kubicek, K. M., Britz, R., Pinion, A. K., Bower, L. M., & Conway, K. W. (2022). Three scleral ossicles in the West African Denticle herring Denticeps clupeoides (Clupeiformes: Denticipitidae). Journal of fish biology.


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