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photo of Robert G. Werner outdoorsRobert G. Werner Professor Emeritus

256 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

Telephone: (315) 470-6804
Email: rgwerner@syr.edu


Research focuses on the ecology of fishes, particularly during their early life history. Efforts have been made to try to understand the factors governing recruitment in fish populations using bioenergetic modeling, population and habitat analysis. Species studied include muskellunge, lake sturgeon, white sucker, bluegill, pumpkinseed and Atlantic herring.

Hart, T.F. and R.G. Werner. 1987. Growth and survival of larval white sucker (Catostomus commersoni) and pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) in relation to prey density. Env. Biol. Fishes 18(1):41-50.

Werner, R.G. 1993. Freshwater fishes of New York. A field guide. 2nd Ed. Syracuse University Press 186 p.

Werner, R.G. and M.J. Lannoo. 1994. Development of the olfactory system of the white sucker Catostomus commersoni, in relation to imprinting and homing: A comparison to the salmonid model. Environmental Biology of Fishes 40:125-140.

Werner, R.G. and J. Raymond. 1996. Observations on the limnology and geochemistry of three subtropical crater lakes on the island of Dominica, West Indies. Submitted to J. Caribbean Research.

Werner, R.G., B.V. Jonckheere, M.D. Clapsadl and J.M. Farrell. 1996. A bioenergetic exploration of piscivory and planktivory during the early life history of two species of freshwater fishes.


Courses taught include a fall semester lecture course dealing with the principles of limnology and a laboratory course that exemplifies and applies those principles using lakes in central New York. In the spring a 3 credit crouse in Ichthyology is taught which focuses on freshwater fishes of the northeast. We have developed a course in Tropical Ecology which is jointly taught with Dr. Drew from the Forestry Faculty. It involves an 11-day field trip to the island of Dominica in the Caribbean as a key element of this course. The Aquatic Ecology seminar is offered each year, but the responsibility for it is shared between Drs. Stewart, Ringler and Werner.

EFB 524 - Limnology
EFB 524 - Limnology Laboratory
EFB 486 - Ichthyology
EFB 523 - Tropical Ecology
EFB 797 - Aquatic Ecology Seminar
Service efforts are primarily within the profession as outlined below; local public service responsibilities are primarily those associated with identification and explanation of phenomena in local lakes and streams.
Member, NY Sea Grant Program Advisory Council
Trustee, Upstate Freshwater Institute
Chairman, Resolutions Committee, American Fisheries Society, NY Chapter
Member, Board of Directors, Tri-County Skaneateles Lake Association
American Fisheries Society
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
Ecological Society of America
Institute of Fishery Research Scientists
Hudson River Foundation
Great Lakes Research Consortium
National Science Foundation