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Scott Tiegs

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Scott Tiegs
Professor, Ph.D.
366 DH
(248) 370-2695
Lab location: 364 DH, 365 DH
Lab phone: (248) 370-3546
[email protected]

Tiegs lab website


BIO 1300  Biology II
BIO 3330  Ecology
BIO 4330  Ecology of Streams & Rivers
BIO 4333  Tropical Field Ecology


Geographically separate ecosystems are often ecologically connected by flows of carbon and nutrients. Rivers receive nitrogen subsidies from the Pacific ocean in the form of migrating salmon; streams receive carbon from autumn-shed riparian leaves; riparian soils receive riverine sediments during flood events. Do human activities alter these connections? And if so, what are the ecological consequences? To answer these types of questions, Dr. Tiegs employs field-based experimental and observational approaches — usually in aquatic ecosystems — with the aim of better understanding how human activities impact aquatic ecosystems, and how undesired effects can be ameliorated through ecological restoration.

Selected Publications:

Scott Tieg list of publications

Tiegs, S.D., D.M. Costello, M.W. Isken, G. Woodward, P.B. McIntyre, M.O. Gessner, E. Chauvet, N.A. Griffith, et al. (2019). Global patterns and drivers of ecosystem functioning in rivers and riparian zones. Science Advances 5: eaav0486. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav0486. D. Ethaiya* is a co-author.

Wensink*, S. and S.D. Tiegs. (2016). Shoreline hardening alters freshwater shoreline ecosystems. Freshwater Science 35:764-77. DOI: 10.1086/687279.

Tiegs, S.D., K.A. Berven, D. Carmack*, and K. Capps. (2016). Stoichiometric implications of a bi-phasic lifecycle. Oecologia 180:853-63. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3504-2.

Tiegs, S.D., J.E. Clapcott, N.A. Griffiths and A.J. Boulton. (2013). A standardized cotton-strip assay for measuring organic-matter decomposition in streams. Ecological Indicators 32:131-139. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.03.013.

Woodward, G., M.O. Gessner, P.S. Giller, V. Gulis, S. Hladys, A. Lecerf, B. Malmqvist, B.G. McKie, S.D. Tiegs, H. Cariss, M. Dobson, A. Elosegi, V. Ferreira, M.A.S. Graca, T. Fleituch, J.O. Lacoursiere, M. Nistorescu, J. Pozo, G. Risnoveanu, M, Schindler, A Vadineanu, L.B.-M. Vought and E. Chauvet. (2012). Continental-scale effects of nutrient pollution on stream ecosystem functioning. Science 336:1438-1440. DOI: 10.1126/science.1219534.

Greiner*, H.G., D.R. Kashian and S.D. Tiegs. (2012). Impacts of invasive Asian (Amynthas hilgendorfi) and European (Lumbricus rubellus) earthworms in a North American temperate deciduous forest. Biological Invasions 14:2017-2027. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0208-y.

Tiegs, S.D., P.S. Levi, J. Rüegg, D.T. Chaloner, J.L. Tank and G.A. Lamberti. (2011). Ecological effects of live salmon exceed those of carcasses during an annual spawning migration. Ecosystems 14:598-614. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9431-0. Article featured with cover photograph.

*OU student

Department of Biological Sciences

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