Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Alaska
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Alaska Staff Member


Dr. Jeffrey Daniel Muehlbauer

Jeff Muehlbauer photo

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (907) 474 - 5773
Email: jmuehlbauer@usgs.gov
Faculty Email: jdmuehlbauer@alaska.edu
Faculty Website

Education

  • Ph D University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2013
  • MS University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2010
  • BS Northern Arizona University 2007

Biography

Dr. Muehlbauer received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Northern Arizona University and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He spent several years as a post-doctoral fellow and research ecologist at the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center prior to joining the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 2021. His research is focused on linking hydrological and geomorphic conditions in rivers to the structure of aquatic communities. Most of his work focuses on aquatic insects and macroinvertebrates, salmonid fisheries and feeding ecology, and freshwater and riparian food webs. He has been involved in basic and applied research in a variety of river ecosystems worldwide, including dam removal in Fossil Creek, Arizona, wetland mitigation in North Carolina, food web studies on the Danube River in Austria/Hungary/Serbia and glacially-fed rivers in Italy. Presently his research looks into the effects of large dam impacts on aquatic communities in the Colorado River and on the impacts of climate change, mining, and other stressors in Alaskan streams and rivers. Dr. Muehlbauer teaches courses in Aquatic Food Web Ecology and Stream Ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Areas of Expertise

Adaptive Management, Anthropogenic Impacts, Aquatic Ecology, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Ecological Flows, Ecological Services, Entomology, Fisheries Management, Habitat Management, Managed Flows/Hydrology, Policy, Population and Community Ecology, Statistics and Modelling, Stream Ecology, Water Quality

Taxon Groups Studied

Anadromous Fishes, Bats, Freshwater Fishes, Gamefish, Invertebrates/Insects, Nongame Fish/Wildlife, Salmonids

Research Publications Publication Date
Ward, N. K., A. J. Lynch, E. A. Beever, J. Booker, K. L. Bouska, H. Embke, et al. 2023. Reimagining large river management using the Resist–Accept–Direct (RAD) framework in the Upper Mississippi River. Ecological Processes 12:48. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13717-023-00460-x | Abstract | Publisher Website October 2023
Metcalfe, A.N., T.A. Kennedy, G.A. Mendez and J.D. and Muehlbauer. 2022. Applied citizen science in freshwater research. WIREs Water e1578:1-11. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1578 | Abstract | Publisher Website January 2022
Metcalfe, A. N., J. D. Muehlbauer, M. A. Ford, and T. A. Kennedy. 2023. Colorado River Basin. Pages 462-509 in M. D. Delong, T. D. Jardine, A. C. Benke and C. E. Cushing (editors). Rivers of North America. Academic Press, San Diego, California, USA. April 2023
Metcalfe, A. N., C. A. Fritzinger, T. J. Weller, M. J. Dodrill, J. D. Muehlbauer, C. B. Yackulic, P. B. Holton, C. M. Szydlo, L. E. Durning, J. B. Sankey, and T. A. Kennedy. 2023. Insectivorous bat foraging tracks the availability of aquatic flies (Diptera). The Journal of Wildlife Management 87:e22414. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.22414 | Abstract May 2023
Kennedy, T.A., A.N. Metcalfe, B.R. Deemer, M.A. Ford, C.M. Szydlo, C.B. Yackulic, and J.D. Muehlbauer. 2022. Little bugs, big data, and Colorado River adaptive management—Preliminary findings from the ongoing bug flow experiment at Glen Canyon Dam. Boatman's Quarterly Review. 35:26-31. | Publisher Website October 2022
Deemer, B.R., C.B. Yackulic, R.O. Hall, M.J. Dodrill, T.A. Kennedy, J.D. Muehlbauer, D.J. Topping, N. Voichick, and M.D. Yard. 2022. Experimental reductions in sub-daily flow fluctuations increased gross primary productivity for 425 river kilometers downstream. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Nexus pgac094. https://doi.org/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgac094 | Abstract | Publisher Website June 2022
Abernethy, E.F., J.D. Muehlbauer, T.A. Kennedy, J.D. Tonkin, R. Van Driesche and D.A. Lytle. 2021. Hydropeaking intensity and dam proximity limit aquatic invertebrate diversity in the Colorado River Basin. Ecosphere 12: e03559, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3559 | Abstract | Publisher Website June 2021
Abernethy, E. F., J. D. Muehlbauer, T. A. Kennedy, K. E. Dziedzic, H. Elder, M. K. Burke, and D. A. Lytle. 2023. Population connectivity of aquatic insects in a dam‐regulated, desert river. River Research and Applications 39:364-374. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3972 | Abstract | Publisher Website March 2023
Hermus, John
Master's
jwhermus@alaska.edu

Keller, Dakota
Master's
dkeller14@alaska.edu

Kwit, Ian
Master's
iakwit@alaska.edu

Robbins, Caleb
Post Doc
cjrobbins@alaska.edu

Wilson, Elias
Master's
eewilson@alaska.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
​​​​​Dunkle, M.D., K.K. Bartz., S.M. Collins, P.W.C. Gabriel, J.D. Muehlbauer and S.R. Textor. 2024. Understanding climate change impacts on subarctic lakes: insights from long-term monitoring in Katmai and Lake Clark national parks, southwest Alaska. Associated Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Annual Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, 02-07 June 2024. June 2024
​​​​Dunkle, M.D., K.K. Bartz., S.M. Collins, P.W.C. Gabriel, J.D. Muehlbauer and S.R. Textor. 2024. Understanding climate change impacts on subarctic lakes: insights from long-term monitoring in Katmai and Lake Clark national parks, southwest Alaska. Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seward, Alaska, 25-29 March 2024. March 2024
Wilson, E.E., J.D. Muehlbauer, F.J. Dekker, K.D. Keith, A.L. LaBarre, and M.G. Mazzacavallo. 2023. Effects of Watercraft Wakes on Shoreline Erosion, and Potential Impacts for Salmon at Big Lake, Alaska. Mat-Su Salmon Science & Conservation Symposium, Palmer, Alaska, 13-14 November 2023. November 2023
Wilson, E.E., J.D. Muehlbauer, F.J. Dekker, K.D. Keith, A.L. LaBarre and M.G. Mazzacavallo. 2024. Effects of watercraft wakes on shoreline erosion, and potential impacts for salmon at Big Lake, Alaska. Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seward, Alaska, 25-29 March 2024. March 2024
Wilson, E.E., J.D. Muehlbauer, F.J. Dekker, K.D. Keith, A.L. LaBarre and M.G. Mazzacavallo. 2024. Effects of Watercraft Wakes on Shoreline Erosion, and Potential Impacts for Salmon at Big Lake, Alaska. Alaska Section American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1-3 April 2024. April 2024
Ward, N., A.J. Lynch, K. Bouska, H. Embke, J. Kocik, T. Krabbenhoft, D. Lawrence, M. Magee, B.M. Maitland, J. Morton, J.D. Muehlbauer, R. Newman, H.M. Rantala, G.G. Sass, A. Schulz and J. Wilkening. 2022. Using the Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) framework to reimagine large river management. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Spokane, Washington, 21-25 August 2022. August 2022
Starbuck, M., A. Metcalfe, J. Muehlbauer, D. Lytle and T. Kennedy. 2023. A deep dive on net-spinning caddisflies (<i>Hydropsyche oslari</i>): measurements of adult body size and stable isotopes provides insights into growing conditions for aquatic insects during the Bug Flow Experiment. National Conference on Ecological Restoration, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 14-19 April 2024. April 2024
Robbins, C.J., T. Simmons and J.D. Muehlbauer. 2024. Spatial and decadal-scale temporal changes in water chemistry and macroinvertebrates in central Alaska. Annual Meeting, Society for Freshwater Science, 2-6 June 2024. June 2024
Robbins, C.J., T. Simmons and J.D. Muehlbauer. 2024. Spatial and decadal-scale temporal changes in water chemistry and macroinvertebrates in central Alaska. Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seward, Alaska, 25-29 March 2024. March 2024
Muehlbauer, J.D., W.T. Samuel and V.S. Zavoico. 2024. Alaskan stream macroinvertebrate diversity between burned and unburned catchments measured using eDNA. Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seward, Alaska, 25-29 March 2024. March 2024
Muehlbauer, J.D., T.A. Kennedy, A.N. Metcalfe, B.R. Deemer and C.B. Yackulic. 2023. Effects of experimental “Bug Flows” on aquatic insect populations downstream of a large hydropower dam. Annual Meeting, Society for Freshwater Science, 3-7 June 2023. June 2023
Muehlbauer, J.D. and W.T. Samuel 2023. Comparison of eDNA primers for aquatic invertebrate diversity in Interior Alaska streams. Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Fairbanks, Alaska, 27-31 March 2023. March 2023
Muehlbauer, J.D. and Gosselin, M.D. 2022. Wildfire effects on large wood in rivers: perspectives from Interior Alaska. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Spokane, Washington, 21-25 August 2022. August 2022
Muehlbauer, J.D. 2023. Woody debris export to large rivers following wildfire. Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Fairbanks, Alaska, 27-31 March 2023. March 2023
Muehlbauer, J.D. 2023. Woody debris export to large rivers following wildfire, Alaska EPSCoR All-Hands Meeting, Girdwood, Alaska, 7-8 February 2023. February 2023
Muehlbauer, J.D. 2022. Wildfire effects on large wood export to rivers: a synthesis. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 14-20 May 2022. May 2022
Muehlbauer, J.D. 2022. Piloting the quantification of large woody debris inputs to large rivers following wildfire. Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Virtual, 28 February-3 March 2022. February 2022
Metcalfe, A.N., T.A. Kennedy, C.A. Fritzinger, M.J. Dodrill, C.M. Szydlo, J.D. Muehlbauer, C.B. Yackulic, B.P. Holton, L.E. Durning, J.B. Sankey and T.J. Weller. 2022. Insectivorous bat foraging along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon is determined by the availability of aquatic flies (Diptera). 16th Biennial Conference of Science & Management on the Colorado Plateau & Southwest Region, Flagstaff, Arizona, 12-15 September 2022. September 2022
Metcalfe, A.N., T.A. Kennedy and J.D. Muehlbauer. 2024 Sticky situation: Insights from 12 years of monitoring emergent aquatic insects along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting. 2-6 June 2024. June 2024
Metcalfe, A., T. Kennedy, J. Muehlbauer, M. Dodrill, T. Weller, J. Sankey, L. Durning and C. Fritzinger. 2022. The role of insect abundance and riparian vegetation in driving bat foraging activity in Grand Canyon: insights from a community science project. Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program Annual Reporting Meeting, Virtual, 11-12 January 2022. January 2022
Kwit, I.A., J.D. Muehlbauer and J. Hagelin. 2024. An exploration of phenological mismatch between aquatic prey and a terrestrial consumer. Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seward, Alaska, 25-29 March 2024. March 2024
Kennedy, T.A., J.D. Muehlbauer, B.R. Deemer, C.B. Yackulic, M.A. Ford, C. Szydlo and A.N. Metcalfe. 2022. Experimental ‘Bug Flows’ increased algae production and insect diversity in the Colorado River, Grand Canyon. 16th Biennial Conference of Science & Management on the Colorado Plateau & Southwest Region, Flagstaff, Arizona, 12-15 September 2022. September 2022
Kennedy, T.A., A. Metcalfe, B.R. Deemer, M. Ford, C. Szydlo, C. Yackulic and J. Muehlbauer. 2022. Update on the Bug Flow Experiment: background, monitoring, and new analyses. Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program Adaptive Management Working Group Meeting, Flagstaff, AZ, 17-18 August 2022. August 2022
Kennedy, T.A. and J.D. Muehlbauer. 2022. Project F: Aquatic ecology and food base monitoring. Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program Annual Reporting Meeting, Virtual, 11-12 January 2022. January 2022
Keller, D.E., J.D. Muehlbauer, C. McGee and C. Buffington. 2024. Are we measuring the right things to inform stream restoration in Interior Alaska? Midnight Sun Science Symposium, Fairbanks, Alaska, 11-12 April 2024. April 2024
Keller, D.E., J.D. Muehlbauer, C. McGee and C. Buffington. 2024. Are we measuring the right things to inform stream restoration in Interior Alaska? Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seward, Alaska, 25-29 March 2024. March 2024
Hermus, J.H., J.D. Muehlbauer, D.J. Rinella, V.R. von Biela, J.A. Falke. 2023. The effects of water temperature and heat stress on juvenile Chinook <i>Oncorhynchus tshawytscha</i>, and Coho Salmon <i>Oncorhynchus kisutch</i> growth in the Deshka River watershed. Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium, Palmer, Alaska, 13-14 November 2023. November 2023
Hermus, J.H., J.D. Muehlbauer, D.J. Rinella, V.R. von Biela and J.A. Falke. 2024. The effects of water temperature and heat stress on juvenile Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) growth in the Deshka River watershed. Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seward, Alaska, 25-29 March 2024. March 2024
Deemer, B.R., C.B. Yackulic, R.O. Hall, M.J. Dodrill, T.A. Kennedy, J. Muehlbauer, D. Topping, N. Voichick and M. Yard. 2021. An experimental flow increases gross primary production up to 400 kilometers downstream in a regulated river. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Annual Meeting, Virtual, 22-27 June 2021. June 2021
Brown, P., E. Moody, J. Muehlbauer, B. Deemer, C. Yackulic, T. Kennedy and J. Corman. 2023. The role of calcium carbonate in gross primary production in the Little Colorado River, AZ, and implications for humpback chub growth rates. Desert Fishes Council Annual Meeting, Bluff, California, 14-19 November 2023. November 2023
Type Citation Publication Date
Data Release Muehlbauer, J.D. and E.F. Abernethy. 2021. Benthic macroinvertebrate tailwater data in the Colorado River Basin, 2013 & 2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9DM0X8U June 2021
Data Release Deemer, B.R., Yard, M.D., Voichick, N., Goodenough, D.C., Bennett, G.E., Hall Jr., R.O., Dodrill, M.J., Topping, D.J., Gushue, T., Muehlbauer, J.D, Kennedy, T.A., and Yackulic, C.B., 2022, Gross primary production estimates and associated light, sediment, and water quality data from the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9ZS6YLV. June 2022
Data Release Abernethy, E.F., and Muehlbauer, J.D., 2022, Population genetic analysis of three aquatic macroinvertebrate species from samples in Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) tributaries and nearby reference streams, 2016-2021: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9U429YG. March 2022