Larry Bowman

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: Address: Warf-Pickel Hall, 321A, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: 423-439-7544
Personal Website:


Ph.D., 2019, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University 
M.S., 2016, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
M.S., 2014, Biological Sciences, East Tennessee State University
A.B., 2011, Biological Sciences, English Literature, Dartmouth College

Research Interests

  • Conservation and adaptive management of commercial and recreation fisheries
  • Population genetics and genomics
  • Species delimitation and phylogenetics
  • Evolutionary ecology and life history evolution
  • Applications of molecular ecology for conservation
  • Theory and mathematical modeling
  • STEM education and outreach

Current and planned research projects

  • eDNA as a monitoring and diagnostic tool in estuarine ecosystems
  • Biomonitoring of freshwater ecosystems for Zebra mussel invasions
  • Identification and Optimization of a Disomic Microsatellite Panel for use in
    Population Genetics of Shortnose Sturgeon
  • Developing a Sex-Linked DNA Marker for Cobia for use in Stock Enhancement,
    Aquaculture Efforts, and Stock Assessments


  • Bowman, Jr., LL and DM Post. 2023. The evolution of life history traits and their thermal plasticity in Daphnia. Hydrobiology, 2(1), 55-74.
  • Bowman, Jr., LL, DW Wieczynski, LY Yampolsky, and DM Post. 2022. Warming overcomes dispersal-limitation to promote non-native expansion in Lake Baikal. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 48 (5), 1219-1229.
  • Bowman, Jr., LL, KJ Culhane, ARJ Park, and KT Kucera. 2020. Course-based pre-faculty training introduces instructional methods, increases self-efficacy, and promotes professional development. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education: 48(2):156-167.
  • Bowman, Jr., LL, DJ MacGuigan, ME Gorchels, MM Cahillane, MV Moore. 2019. Revealing paraphyly and placement of extinct species with Epischura (Copepoda: Calanoida) using molecular data and quantitative morphometrics. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution: 140:106578.
  • Bowman, Jr., LL, Kondrateva ES, Timofeyev MA, Yampolsky LY. 2018. Temperature gradient affects differentiation of gene expression and SNP allele frequencies in the dominant Lake Baikal zooplankton species. Molecular Ecology: 27:2544–2559.
  • Bowman, Jr., LL, KJ Culhane, ARJ Park, S Lin, and KT Kucera. 2017. Teaching Scholar Bootcamp: a professional development technique to enhance self-efficacy and confidence in graduate student instructors. Proceedings of the National Teaching as Research Conference. Cornell University: Ithaca.
  • Bowman, Jr., LL, ES Kondratieva, P Wilburn, EA Silow, and LY Yampolsky. 2017. A capital breeder in a heterogenous environment: lipid reserves and RNA:DNA ratio in Lake Baikal’s endemic Epischura. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 43(2), 280-288.
  • Hampton, SE, et al. Ecology under lake ice. Ecology Letters. 20(1), 98-111.
  • Bowman, Jr., LL and AL Govett. 2015. Becoming the change: A critical evaluation of the changing face of life science, as reflected in the NGSS. Science Educator. 24(1):51-61.
  • Bowman, Jr., LL and AL Govett. 2014. Changes to the TN middle grades science curriculum according to NGSS. Tennessee Educational Leadership Journal. 41(2):26-31.