Professional Profile

Curriculum Vitae: James H. Thorp


Kansas Biological Survey and Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Kansas, 104a Higuchi Hall, 2101 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS 66047–3759; 785-864-1532;




Current Position: Professor Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2001 to present).


Education: Ph.D. and Masters degrees: North Carolina State; B.A.: Univ. of Kansas.


Current Teaching: Principles of Ecology (Biol. 414), Ecology of Rivers and Lakes (Biol 661), Marine Ecology (Biol 520), Field Studies in Marine Biology (Biol 418).


Administrative Experience: Dean of Science (Clarkson Univ.), Dept. Chair (Univ. of Louisville), Field Station Director (Fordham Univ.), Director of Education Programs at SREL; Senior Co-Chair 2 national science meetings; President of the International Society for River Science (2006-2011).


Publications: > 100 “refereed” chapters, books, and publications in journals (e.g., BioScience, Ecology, Freshwater Biology, Freshwater Science, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Oecologia, Oikos, River Research and Applications, and River Systems.); senior author of The Riverine Ecosystem Synthesis (2008) and Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America (2011); and senior editor of Energy and Environmental Stress in Aquatic Systems (1978), three editions of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (1991, 2001, 2010), and series editor for the 4th edition, now called Thorp and Covich’s Freshwater Invertebrates (1 volume published in 2015, one in press for early 2016, and 9 more in development or planned.


Grants: Research, education, and equipment support from NSF, EPA, DOE, U.S.A.C.E., National Park Service, and Great Lakes Res. Consortium., and various corporate sponsors.


Editorial Experience: Former editorial boards for River Research and Applications and River Systems; former editor-in-chief Aquatic Ecology (Elsevier book series); former Assoc. Editor of Freshwater Invertebrate Biology (now Freshwater Science), multiple journal articles and books reviewed along with grant proposals for NSF, DOE, EPA, etc.; NSF and EPA panel member.


Research Interests: Community ecology (e.g., food webs) through macroecology (e.g., effects of landscape-level patch mosaics) of rivers and vernal wetlands; river management theory (e.g., endangered species, ecosystem services, rehabilitation); general invertebrate and fish ecology.



Ph.D. Program: Zoology Dept., North Carolina State, Raleigh, North Carolina. Dissertation: “Mechanisms of coexistence between two sympatric species of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes (Decapoda: Palaemonidae).” Advisors: Thomas Wolcott and Donald Hoss.

Masters Program: Zoology Dept. (minor in ecology); NCSU. Thesis: “Effect of crowding on growth rate and symbiosis in green hydra.” Advisor: George T. Barthalmus.

B.A. Program: Zoology Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.


Employment History – Research and Education:

Professor and Senior Scientist, Univ. of Kansas (2001 to present)

Bayard and Virginia Clarkson Distinguished Professor of Biology, Clarkson Univ. (1999-2001).

Professor, Biology Department, University of Louisville (1988-97).

Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Fordham University (1985-88).

Visiting Assoc. Prof., Cornell Univ., Ecology & Systematics and Dept. Nat. Resources (1983-1985).

Ecologist at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (1975-1982).


Teaching – Current Classes: Biol 661: Ecology of Rivers and Lakes; Biol 520: Marine Biology


Administrative Responsibilities:

Assoc. Director, Center for Environmental Management, Clarkson Univ. (1999-2001).

Dean, School of Science, Clarkson University (1997-1999).

Chair, Dept. of Biology, University of Louisville (1993-97).

Director, Water Resources Lab., Univ. of Louisville (1988-93).

Director, Calder Conservation and Ecology Center (field campus) of Fordham Univ. (1985-88).

Director, Education Programs at the Savannah River Ecology Lab, U. of Georgia (1979-81).


Additional Professional Experiences:

“International Visiting Professor” at Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan (July 2012)

President of the International Society for River Science (2006 – 2011); Past-President (2011-2013)

Trustee, Advisory Board for The Nature Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership (2010-2012)

“Intermittent Expert” (government category) for EPA to advise on rivers (~2008-2012)

Editor-in-chief of Aquatic Ecology, a professional book series on freshwater (primarily) communities and ecosystems; first publication was in 1994.

Associate Editor, River Research and Management (editor for the Arenas section): 2004 – 2015.

Associate Editor, Freshwater Invertebrate Biology (1982-83) [The journal was adopted in 1985 by the N. Am. Benthol. Soc. and became JNABS, with a complete change in editorial board.]

Editorial Board, River Systems (2010-2015).

Sigma Xi (Officer: President, 1996-97, Univ. of Louisville)

American Institute of Architects, Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team, Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN, 1989: planning recommendations for urban development and environmental protection for the Red River corridor.

Organizing Committee for Meetings of Scientific Groups

Scientific Organizing Committee for 2015 meeting of ASLO in Granada, Spain.

Co-Chair of Organizing Committee for 2010 meeting of NABS/ASLO in Santa Fe, NM.

Organizer and Program Senior Co-Chair for 1992 meeting of NABS in Louisville, KY.

Program Chairman and Senior Editor for “Energy and Environmental Stress in Aquatic Systems,” D.O.E. Symposium Series (CONF-771114), Nov. 1977 (publ. 1978).


Scientific and Scholarly Societies:

Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Ecological Society of America (ESA)

International Society for River Science (ISRS)

Society for Freshwater Sciences (SFS)


Grant Support From Agencies and Foundations: >$6 million (primarily from NSF and EPA).


Seminars/Posters Presented Outside of North America (other than society meetings):

Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, and Switzerland.


TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (89 refereed journal articles in print or in press, 2 senior-authored books, 5 edited books in print [5 as senior editor], 1 edited books in press as senior editor, 20 chapters in those 6 edited books, and numerous published reviews and reports):


Published Books – Authored and Edited (6 + 3 additional currently under contract):

Thorp, J.H. (ed.). Thorp and Covich’s freshwater invertebrates. Academic Press, Waltham, MA.

Thorp, J.H. and D.C. Rogers (ed.). 2015. Volume I. Ecology and general biology. 1091 pages

Thorp, J.H. and D.C. Rogers (eds.). 2016. Volume II. Keys to Nearctic fauna. [16 chapters; public. [should appear in print in mid-December 2015]

Rogers, D.C. and J.H. Thorp (eds.). Volume III. Keys to Palaearctic fauna. [15 chapters; volume under contract with submission in late 2016]

3 books (2 Neotropical and 1 Australian Bioregion) under contract and in development.

Thorp, J.H. and D.C. Rogers. 2011. Field guide to freshwater invertebrates of North America. Elsevier, Boston, MA. 274 p. [ISBN: 978-0-12-381426-5]

Thorp, J.H. and A.P. Covich (eds.). Ecology and classification of North American freshwater invertebrates. Academic Press (now owned by Elsevier).

  1. Third Edition. 1021 p. [ISBN: 978-0-12-374855-3]
  2. Second Edition. 1038 pages
  3. First Edition. 911 pages.

Thorp, J.H., M.C. Thoms, and M.D. Delong. 2008. The riverine ecosystem synthesis. Academic Press, Boston, MA, USA. 208 p. [ISBN: 978-0-12-370612-6]

Thorp, J. H. and J. W. Gibbons. 1978. Energy and environmental stress in aquatic systems. D.O.E. Symposium Series (CONF-771114), Nat. Tech. Information Service, Springfield, Virginia. 854 p. [Given “Merit in Books” award from that society.]


Chapters in Encyclopedias and Edited Books (~15 in print):


Thorp, J.H. and D.C. Rogers (ed.). 2015. Volume I. Ecology and General Biology. Thorp and Covich’s Freshwater Invertebrates. 1118 p.

Thorp, J.H., D.C. Rogers, and Walter W. Dimmick. 2015. Chapter 1: Introduction to invertebrates of inland waters. Pages 1-21.

Thorp, J.H. and A.P. Covich. 2015. Chapter 2: Overview of inland water habitats. Pages 23-56.

Rogers, D.C. and J.H. Thorp. 2015. Chapter 3: Collection and culturing techniques. Pages 57-62.

Thorp, J.H. 2015. Chapter 4: Functional relationships of freshwater invertebrates. Pages 65-82.

Thorp, J.H. and D.C. Rogers. 2015. Chapter 24: Introduction to the phylum Arthropoda. Pages 591-597.

Thorp, J.H., D.C. Rogers, and A.P. Covich. 2015. Chapter 27: Introduction to “Crustacea”. Pages 671-686.

Thorp, J.H. and B.J. O’Neill. 2015. Chapter 33: Subphylum Hexapoda – introduction to insects and Collembola. Pages 849-871.

Thorp, J.H., G.A. Lamberti, and A.F. Casper. 2010. Chapter. 22. St. Lawrence River. Pages 418-435 in: A.C. Benke and C.E. Cushing (eds.), Field Guide to Rivers of North America. Academic Press (Elsevier). 459 p. ISBN-13:978-0-12-375088-4.

Thorp, J.H. 2009. Models of ecological processes in river ecosystems. Pages 448-455 in: G.E. Likens (editor-in-chief), Encyclopedia of inland waters. Vol. 1. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Thorp, J.H. 2009. Arthropoda and related groups. in: V.H. Resh and R.T. Cardé (eds.), Encyclopedia of insects. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

2009: Second Edition. Pages 50-56.

2003: First Edition. Pages 59-66.

Thorp, J.H. and A.P. Covich (eds.). Chapters in: Ecology and classification of North American freshwater invertebrates. Academic Press, San Diego. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions:


Thorp, J. H., A. P. Covich, and W.W. Dimmick. Chapter 1. Introduction to invertebrates of inland waters. Pages 1-23.

Thorp, J. H. and A. P. Covich. Chapter 2. An overview of inland aquatic habitats. Pp 25-47.

Covich, A. P., J. H. Thorp, and D. C. Rogers. Chapter 19. Introduction to the subphylum Crustacea. Pages 695-723.


Thorp, J. H. and A. P. Covich. Chapter 1. Introduction to freshwater invertebrates. Pages 1-18.

Thorp, J. H. and A. P. Covich. Chapter 2. An overview of freshwater habitats. Pages 19-41.

Covich, A. P. and J. H. Thorp. Chapter 19. Introduction to the subphylum Crustacea. Pages 777-809.


Thorp, J. H. and A. P. Covich. Chapter 1. Introduction to freshwater invertebrates. Pages 1-15.

Thorp, J. H. and A. P. Covich. Chapter 2. An overview of freshwater habitats. Pages 17-36.

Covich, A. P. and J. H. Thorp. Chapter 18. Crustacea: Introduction and Peracarida.. Pages 665-689.

Thorp, J.H., G.A. Lamberti, and A.F. Casper. 2005. Chapter. 21. St. Lawrence River. Pages 983-1028 in: A.C. Benke and C.E. Cushing (eds.), Rivers of North America. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Thorp, J. H. 1995. Invertebrates, freshwater. Pages 357-370 in: W. A. Nierenberg (ed.), Encyclopedia of environmental biology. Volume 2. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.


Research Publications “Accepted or Published” in Refereed Scientific Journals (88):

O’Neill, B.J., D.C Rogers, and J.H. Thorp. 2015. Flexibility of ephemeral wetland crustaceans: environmental constraints and anthropogenic impacts. Wetlands Ecology and Management (In Press).

Bowes, R.E. and J.H. Thorp. 2015. Consequences of employing amino acid vs. bulk-tissue, stable isotope analysis: a laboratory trophic position experiment. Ecosphere 6 (Issue #1; Article 14):1-12.

Carroll, T.M. and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Ecotonal shifts in diversity and functional traits in zoobenthic communities of karst springs. Hydrobiologia 738: 1-20.

Bowes, R.E., M.H. Lafferty, and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Less means more: nutrient stress leads to higher δ15N ratios in fish. Freshwater Biology 59:1926-1931.

O’Neill, B.J. and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Untangling food-web structure in an ephemeral ecosystem. Freshwater Biology 59: 1462-1473.

Thorp, J.H. 2014. Metamorphosis in river ecology: from reaches to macrosystems. Freshwater Biology 59: 200-210. [On-Line in 2013 as DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12237.]

McCluney, K.E., N. L. Poff, M.A. Palmer, J.H. Thorp, G.C. Poole, B.S. Williams, M.R. Williams, and J.S. Baron. 2014. Riverine macrosystems ecology: sensitivity, resistance, and resilience of whole river basins with human alterations. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(1): 48-58.

Thorp, J.H., J.E. Flotemersch, B.S. Williams, and L.A. Gabanski. 2013. Critical role for hierarchical geospatial analyses in the design of fluvial research, assessment, and management. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185:7165-7180.

Williams, B.S., E. D’Amico. J.H. Kastens, J.H. Thorp, J.E. Flotemersch, and M.C. Thoms. 2013. Automated riverine landscape characterization: GIS-based tools for watershed-scale research, assessment, and management. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185: 7485-7499.

O’Neill, B.J. and J.H. Thorp. 2011. A simple channel complexity metric for analyzing river ecosystem responses. River Systems 19(4): 327-335.

Sluss, T.D., J.D. Jack, and J.H. Thorp. 2011. A comparison of sampling methods for riverine zooplankton. River Systems 19(4): 315-326.

Delong, M.D., J.H. Thorp, M.C. Thoms, and L.M. McIntosh. 2011. Trophic niche dimensions of fish communities as a function of historical hydrological conditions in a plains river. River Systems 19: 177-187.

O’Neill, B.J. and J.H. Thorp. 2011. Zoobenthos of a sand bed river: coping with hydrogeomorphic fluctuations. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30(2):546-558.

Thorp, J.H., J.E. Flotemersch, M.D. Delong, A.F. Casper, M.C. Thoms, F. Ballantyne, B.S. Williams, B.J. O’Neill, and C.S. Haase. 2010. Linking ecosystem services, rehabilitation, and river hydrogeomorphology. BioScience 60(1): 67-74.

Summers, R.B., J.E. Alexander, M.D. Delong, and J.H. Thorp. The effects of colonization by Dreissena polymorpha (zebra mussels) on the amphipod Gammarus fasciatus in the Ohio River. Proc. Indiana Academy of Sciences (In Press).

Delong, M.D. and J.H. Thorp. 2009. Mollusc shell periostracum as an alternative to tissue in isotopic studies. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 7:436-441.

Roach, K.A., J.H. Thorp, and M.D. Delong. 2009. Influence of lateral gradients of hydrologic connectivity on trophic position of fishes in the Upper Mississippi River. Freshwater Biology 54:607-620.

Sluss, T.D., G.A. Cobbs, and J.H. Thorp. 2008. Impact of turbulence on riverine zooplankton: a mesocosm experiment. Freshwater Biology 53:199-2010.

Moore, S.L. and J.H. Thorp. 2008. Coping with hydrogeomorphic variations in a prairie river: resiliency in young-of-the-year fishes. River Research and Applications 24:237-248.

Casper, A.F. and J.H. Thorp. 2007. Diel and lateral patterns of zooplankton distribution in the St. Lawrence River. River Research and Applications 23(1):73-86.

Jack, J.D. W. Fang, and J.H. Thorp. 2006. Vertical, lateral and longitudinal movement of zooplankton in a large river. Freshwater Biology 51:1646-1654.

Casper, A.F., J.H. Thorp, S.P. Davies, and D.L. Courtemanch. 2006. Ecological responses of zoobenthos to dam removal on the Kennebec River, Maine, USA. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Large Rivers Vol 16 (4):541-555.

Thorp, J.H., M.C. Thoms, and M.D. Delong. 2006. The riverine ecosystem synthesis: biocomplexity in river networks across space and time. River Research and Applications 22(2):123-147.

Delong, M. D. and J. H. Thorp. 2006. Significance of instream autotrophs in trophic dynamics of the Upper Mississippi River. Oecologia 147(1):76-85.

Thorp, J.H. and S. Mantovani. 2005. Zooplankton in turbid and hydrologically dynamic, prairie rivers. Freshwater Biology 50(9):1474-1491.

Hein, T., W. Reckendorfer, J. Thorp, and F. Schiemer. 2005. The role of slackwater areas and the hydrologic exchange for biogeochemical processes in river corridors: examples from the Austrian Danube. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Suppl. Vol. 155 (Large Rivers Vol. 15): 425-442.

Buijse, A.D., F. Klijn, R.S.E.W. Leuven, H. Middelkoop, F.Schiemer, J.H. Thorp, H.P. Wolfert. 2005. Rehabilitation of large rivers: references, achievements and integration into river management. Archiv für Hydrobiologie Suppl. Vol. 155 (Large Rivers Vol. 15): 715-738.

Thorp, J.H. and A.F. Casper. 2003. Importance of biotic interactions in large rivers: an experiment with planktivorous fish, dreissenid mussels, and zooplankton in the St. Lawrence. River Research and Applications 19:265-279.

Thorp, J.H, J.E. Alexander, Jr., and G. A. Cobbs. 2002. Coping with warmer, large rivers: a field experiment on potential range expansion of northern quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis). Freshwater Biology 47(9):1779-1790.

Thorp, J.H. and M.D. Delong. 2002. Dominance of autochthonous autotrophic carbon in food webs of heterotrophic rivers. Oikos 96(3):543-550.

Jack, J.D. and J.H. Thorp. 2002. Impacts of fish predation on an Ohio River zooplankton community. Journal of Plankton Research 24(2):119-127.

Thorp, J.H. and A.F. Casper. 2002. Potential effects on zooplankton from species shifts in mussel planktivory: a field experiment in the St. Lawrence River. Freshwater Biology 47:107-119.

Greenwood, K.S. and J.H. Thorp. 2001. Aspects of ecology and conservation of sympatric, prosobranch snails in a large river. Hydrobiologia 455:229-236.

Delong, M.D., J.H. Thorp, K.S. Greenwood, and M.C. Miller. 2001. Responses of consumers and food resources to a high magnitude, unpredicted flood in the upper Mississippi River basin. Regulated Rivers: Research and Management 17(3):217-232.

Greenwood, K.S., J.H. Thorp, R.B. Summers, and D.L. Guelda. 2001. Effects of an exotic bivalve mollusc on benthic invertebrates and food quality in the Ohio River. Hydrobiologia 462:169-172.

Bukaveckas, P.A., E. Jourdain, R. Koch, and J.H. Thorp. 2000. Longitudinal gradients in nutrients and phytoplankton in the Ohio River. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 27:3107-3110.

Jack, J.D. and J.H. Thorp. 2000. Effects of the benthic suspension feeder Dreissena polymorpha on zooplankton in a large river. Freshwater Biology 44:569-579.

Thorp, J.H., M.D. Delong, K.S., Greenwood, and A.F. Casper. 1998. Isotopic analysis of three food web theories in constricted and floodplain regions of a large river. Oecologia 117:551-563.

Brown, K.M., J.E. Alexander, and J.H. Thorp. 1998. Differences in the ecology and distribution of lotic pulmonate and prosobranch gastropods. American Malacological Bulletin 14(2): 91-101.

Thorp, J.H., M.D. Delong, and A.F. Casper. 1998. In situ experiments on predatory regulation of a bivalve mollusc (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Freshwater Biology 39:649-661.

Thorp, J.H., J.E. Alexander, Jr., B.L. Bukaveckas, G.A. Cobbs, and K.L. Bresko. 1998. Responses of Ohio River and Lake Erie dreissenid molluscs to changes in temperature and turbidity. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 55(1):220-229.

Wehr, J.D., S.P. Lonergan, and J.H. Thorp. 1997. Concentrations and controls of dissolved organic matter in a constricted-channel region of the Ohio River. Biogeochemistry 38:41-65.

Wehr, J. D. and J. H. Thorp. 1997. Effects of navigation dams, tributaries, and littoral zones on phytoplankton of the Ohio River. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 54:378-395.

Summers, R.B., M.D. Delong, and J.H. Thorp. 1997. Ontogenetic and temporal shifts in the diet of the amphipod Gammarus fasciatus in the Ohio River. Amer. Midl. Nat. 137(2):329-336.

Summers, R.B., J.H. Thorp, J. E. Alexander, Jr., and R. D. Fell. 1996. Respiratory adjustment of dreissenid mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. bugensis) in response to chronic turbidity. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci.53(7):1626-1631.

Thorp, J. H., A. R. Black, J.D. Jack, and A. F. Casper. 1996. Pelagic enclosures – modification and use for experimental study of riverine plankton. Archiv. für Hydrobiologie, Supplement 113, Large Rivers 10:583-589.

Jack, J.D. and J.H. Thorp. 1995. Daphnia lumholtzi: appearance and likely impacts of an exotic cladoceran in the Ohio River. Trans. Kentucky Acad. Sci. 56(3/4):101-103.

Thorp, J. H., A. R. Black, K. H. Haag, and J. D. Wehr. 1994. Zooplankton assemblages in the Ohio River: seasonal, tributary, and navigation dam effects. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 51:1634-1643.

Thorp, J. H., J. E. Alexander, K. S. Greenwood. A. F. Casper, R. K. Kessler, A. R. Black, W. Fang, A. F. Westin, R. B. Summers, T. W. Sellers, and B. Lewis. 1994. Predicting the success of riverine populations of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) – a case history of early colonization and microhabitat distribution in the Ohio River. Pages 457-476 in: A. H. Miller (ed.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Zebra Mussel Conference, March 7-10, 1994, Madison, WI. University of Wisconsin System, Sea Grant Institute, 718 p.

Thorp, J. H. and M. D. Delong. 1994. The riverine productivity model: an heuristic view of carbon sources and organic processing in large river ecosystems. Oikos 70(2):305-308.

Alexander, J. E., Jr., J. H. Thorp, and R. D. Fell. 1994. Turbidity and temperature effects on oxygen consumption in zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha). Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 51(1):179-184.

Delong, M. D., R. B. Summers, and J. H. Thorp. 1993. Influence of food type on the growth of a riverine amphipod, Gammarus fasciatus. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 50(9):1891-1896.

Delong, M.D., J.H. Thorp, and K. H. Haag. 1993. New device for sampling macroinvertebrates from woody debris (snags) in nearshore areas of aquatic systems. Am. Midl. Nat. 130(2):413-417.

Kessler, R. K. and J. H. Thorp. 1993. Microhabitat segregation of the threatened spotted darter (Etheostoma maculatum) and closely related orangefin darter (E. bellum). Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 50(5):1084-1091.

Thorp, J. H. 1992. Linkage between islands and benthos in the Ohio River, with implications for riverine management. Can. J. Fish. Aquatic Sci. 49(9):1873-1882.

Georgian, T. and J. H. Thorp. 1992. Effects of microhabitat selection on feeding rates of net-spinning caddisfly larvae. Ecology 73:229-240.

Mellett, B. J., R. W. Bosserman, and J. H. Thorp. 1992. Use of fractal dimension to analyze meandering patterns in the Redbird River of eastern Kentucky. Trans. Kentucky Acad. Sci. 53(1-2):46-49.

Haag, K. H. and J. H. Thorp. 1991. Cross-channel distribution patterns of invertebrate benthos in a regulated reach of the Tennessee River. Regulated Rivers: Research and Management 6:225-233.

Thorp, J. H., L. D. Goldsmith, J. A. Polgreen, and L. M. Mayer. 1989. Foraging patterns of nesting and non-nesting sunfish (Centrarchidae: Lepomis auritus and L. gibbosus). Can. J. Fish. Aquatic Sci. 46:1342-1346.

Mayack, D. T., J. H. Thorp, M. Cothran. 1989. Effects of burial and floodplain retention on stream processing of allochthonous litter. Oikos 54:378-388.

Thorp, J. H. 1988. Patches and the responses of lake benthos to sunfish nest-building. Oecologia 76(2):168-174.

Thorp, J. H., J. B. Wallace, and T. J. Georgian, Jr. 1986. Untangling the web of caddisfly evolution and distribution. Oikos 47(2):253-256.

Thorp, J. H. 1986. Two distinct roles for predators in freshwater assemblages. Oikos 47(1): 75-82.

Thorp, J.H. and S. P. Gloss. 1986. Field and laboratory tests on acute toxicity of cadmium to freshwater crayfish. Bull. Environ. Contam. & Toxicol. 37:355-361.

Thorp, J. H., E. M. McEwan, M. F. Flynn, and F. R. Hauer. 1985. Invertebrate colonization of submerged wood in a cypress-tupelo swamp and blackwater stream. Amer. Midl. Nat. 113:56-68.

Cothran, M. L. and J. H. Thorp. 1985. Tests of prey preference and switching behavior of the dragonfly Celithemis fasciata. Oikos 44(2):350-355.

Diggins, M. R. and J. H. Thorp. 1985. Winter-spring depth distribution of Chironomidae in a southeastern reservoir. Freshwat. Invertebr. Biol. 4(1):8-21.

Thorp, J. H. and M. L. Cothran. 1984. Regulation of freshwater community structure at multiple intensities of dragonfly predation. Ecology 65(5): 1546-1555.

Thorp, J. H. 1984. Evolutionary differentiation of caddisfly catchnets: perspectives on the roles of competition and predation. Oikos 43:121-125.

Thorp, J. H. 1984. Theory and practice in crayfish communication studies. J. Chem. Ecol. 10(8):1283-1288.

Thorp, J. H. 1983. An evaluation of hypotheses on the evolutionary differentiation of catchnets

in net-spinning caddisflies (Trichoptera: Hydropsychidae). Oikos 40(2):308-312.

Thorp, J. H. and R. K. Chesser. 1983. Seasonal responses of lentic midge assemblages to environmental gradients. Holarctic Ecology 6(2):123-132.

Cothran, M. L. and J. H. Thorp. 1982. Emergence and size variation of Odonata in a thermal reservoir. Freshwat. Invertebr. Biol. 1(4): 30-39.

Gresens, S. E., M. L. Cothran and J. H. Thorp. 1982. The influence of temperature on the functional responses of the dragonfly Celithemis fasciata (Odonata: Libellulidae). Oecologia 53:281-284.

Thorp, J. H. and M. L. Cothran. 1982. Floating field microcosms for studying benthic

communities. Freshwater Invertebrate Biology 1(1):44-49.

Thorp, J. H. and H. Itagaki. 1982. Verification versus falsification of existing theory: analysis of possible chemical communication in crayfish. J. Chem. Ecol. 8(7):1073-1077.

Thorp, J. H. and M. R. Diggins. 1982. Factors affecting depth distribution of dragonflies and other benthic insects in a thermally destabilized reservoir. Hydrobiologia 87:33-44.

Thorp, J. H. and E. A. Bergey. 1981. Field experiments on interactions between vertebrate predators and larval midges (Diptera: Chironomidae) in the littoral zone of a reservoir. Oecologia 50:285-290.

Itagaki, H. and J. H. Thorp. 1981. Laboratory experiments to determine if crayfish can communicate in a flow-through system. J. Chem. Ecol. 7(1): 115-126.

Thorp, J. H. and E. A. Bergey. 1981. Field experiments on responses of a freshwater, benthic macroinvertebrate community to vertebrate predators. Ecology 62(2): 365-375.

Thorp, J. H. and S. A. Winewriter. 1981. Stress and growth response of juvenile crayfish to rhythmic and arrhythmic temperature fluctuations. Arch. Environ. Contam. & Toxicol. 10:69-77.

Caldwell, J. P., J. H. Thorp, and T. O. Jervey. 1980. Predator-prey relationships among larval dragonflies, salamanders and frogs. Oecologia 46(3):285-289.

Thorp, J. H., J. P. Giesy and S. A. Winewriter. 1979. Effects of chronic cadmium exposure on crayfish survival, growth, and tolerance to elevated temperature. Arch. Environ. Contam. & Toxicol. 8:449-456.

Thorp, J. H. 1978. Agonistic behavior in crayfish in relation to temperature and reproductive period. Oecologia 36(3):273-280.

Thorp, J. H. and K. S. Ammerman. 1978. Chemical communication and agonism in the crayfish Procambarus a. acutus. Amer. Midl. Nat. 100(2):471-474.

Thorp, J. H. 1976. Interference competition as a mechanism of coexistence between two sympatric species of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes (Decapoda: Palaemonidae). J. Exp. Mar. Biol. & Ecol. 25:19-35.

Thorp, J. H. and D. E. Hoss. 1975. Effects of salinity and cyclic temperature on survival of two sympatric species of grass shrimp (Palaemonetes) and their relationship to natural distributions. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. and Ecol. 18:19-28.

Thorp, J. H. and G. T. Barthalmus. 1975. Effects of crowding on growth rate and symbiosis in green hydra. Ecology 56:206-212.


Other Publications (5):

Poff, L., J. Thorp, and S. Stanley. 2012. Conceptual model. Chapter 2, Pages 5-15 in: Healthy watersheds integrated assessments workshop synthesis. EPA/600/R-11/207. 66 p.

Flotemersch, J.E., J.H. Thorp, and B.S. Williams. 2010. Application of the Riverine Ecosystem Synthesis (RES) and the Functional Process zone (FPZ) approach to EPA environmental mission tasks for rivers. U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development. 20 p.

Thorp, J.H., J.A. Stanford, M.C. Thoms, and G.E. Petts. 2007. Editorial: Global partnerships and the International Society for River Science (ISRS). River Res. and Applications 23:1-5.

Alexander, J.E., Jr., J.H. Thorp, and J.C. Smith. 1997. Biology and potential impact of zebra mussels in large rivers. American Water Works Association Research Foundation 104 p.

Hobbs, H. H., III, J.H. Thorp, and G. E. Anderson. 1976. The freshwater decapod crustaceans (Palaemonidae, Cambaridae) of the Savannah River Plant, South Carolina. Public. of SR-Nat. Environ. Res. Park. 63 p.


Published Reviews (10):

Thorp, J.H. . [For CHOICE (Current Reviews for Academic Libraries; also on, etc.)]

  • 2015: Spitzer, M. Return of the gar. Univ. of North Texas Press, 237 p.
  • 2013: Thompson, D.M. The quest for the golden trout: environmental loss and America’s iconic fish. University Press of New England, 311 p.
  • Goldman, C.R. et al. (eds.). Climatic change and global warming of inland waters: impacts and mitigation for ecosystems and societies. Wiley-Blackwell, 472 p.
  • Reynolds, J. et al. Management of freshwater biodiversity: crayfish as bioindicators, Cambridge, 374 p.
  • Wohl, E. A word of rivers: environmental change on ten of the world’s great rivers. Univ. of Chicago Press, 359 p
  • Minckley, W.L. and P.C. Marsh. Inland fishes of the greater southwest: chronicle of a vanishing biota. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 426 p .
  • Stromberg, J.C. and B. Tellman. Ecology and conservation of the San Pedro River. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  • S.M. Haslam. The riverscape and the river. Cambridge Press. 404 p.

Thorp, J.H. 2001. R.T. Dillon, Jr. The ecology of freshwater molluscs. Cambridge Univ. Press. 509 p. [For: Quarterly Review of Biology 76(1):102.]

Thorp, J. H. 1989. S. R. Carpenter (editor), Complex interactions in lake communities, Springer-Verlag, New York. [For: J. North Am. Benthol. Soc. 8:370-371.]


Postdoctoral Fellows (P.F.) and Research Associates (R.A.) Who Have Worked in My Laboratory:

James E. Alexander, Jr. (P.F.), A. Ross Black (P.F.), Michael D. Delong (P.F.), Maureen R. Diggins (R.A.), Kim H. Haag (R.A.), F. Richard Hauer (R.A.), Jeffrey D. Jack (P.F.), and Sara Mantovani (R.A.).


Graduate Students and Date of Degree:

Completed Graduate Students:

Masters (11):

            University of Louisville: Kimberly S. Greenwood (1992), Richard K. Kessler (1992), Wei Fang (1993), R. Brent Summers (1995), and Timothy Sellers (1997)

            University of Kansas: Teresa M. Carroll (2005), Obie Pennington (2005), Stephanie E. Moore (2006), Katherine A. Roach (2007), Micaleila D. Desotelle (2008), Brian J. O’Neill (2010), and Sarah J. Schmidt (2014).

Doctoral (3):

            University of Georgia (SREL): David T. Mayack (1983)

            University of Louisville: Richard K. Kessler (1997).

            University of Kansas: Teresa M. Carroll (2009); Brian O’Neill (2014)

Current Graduate Students (University of Kansas):

Doctoral (1): Rachel E. Bowes

Masters (2): Emily Arsenault and Michael Thai