Elliot Jerome Tramer


Current Position:


Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Earth, Ecological and Environmental Sciences, The University of Toledo, Toledo OH 43606


Other Positions:


Professor of Biology, The University of Toledo 1977-2000

Associate Professor of Biology, The University of Toledo, 1974-1977

Assistant Professor of Biology, The University of Toledo, 1969-1974

Research Associate, Department of Biology, Princeton University, 1968-1969




Director, Stranahan Arboretum, University of Toledo, 1994-2000

Director, Environmental Studies Program, University of Toledo, 1997-2001




A.B. (Biology), Western Reserve University, 1964

Ph.D. (Zoology/Ecology), The University of Georgia, 1968




50+ published articles, reviews, etc. on avian ecology, population dynamics of plant communities, stream fish populations, and ecology of Lake Erie.


 Recent publications:


Tramer, E. 2000. Bird behavior during a total solar eclipse.  Wilson Bull. 112:431-432.


Rankin, W. and E. Tramer. 2002. Understory succession and the gap regeneration cycle in a Tsuga canadensis forest.  Can. J. For. Res. 32:16-23.


Anderson, M., E. Durbin, T. Kemp, S. Lauer, and E. Tramer.  2002.  Birds of the Toledo Area. Ohio Biological Survey and Toledo Naturalists‘Association.183 p.


Rankin, W. and E. Tramer. 2002.  The gap dynamics of canopy trees in a Tsuga canadensis forest community.  Northeastern Natur. 9:391-406.


Tramer, E.  In Press.  Review of In Quest of Great Lakes Ice Age Vertebrates by L. Holman.  NW Ohio Quarterly.


Recent Grants and Honors:


Co-PI, U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to integrate Environmental, International and Women’s Studies.  Mark Denham, PI ($58,000).  1998-2001

Ohio Biological Survey, Small Grants Program (with K. McKenna) ($500). 1999.


Recent Grants and Honors (continued):


PI, Ohio Board of Regents Dwight D. Eisenhower Program.  Summer Institute in Plant Sciences.  ($62,719).  2001-2002.

Master Teacher, College of Arts & Sciences, 1999-2001 and 2002-2004.


Recent service activities of note:


College of Arts & Sciences Committee on Academic Personnel (CCAP), member 2001-2002, Chair 2002-2003

Founding Director, University of Toledo Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Programs

Chair, EEES Department Curriculum Committee

Environmental Science Majors Advisor




Plant Science Institute conducted under Dwight D. Eisenhower Grant was in Collaboration with the Toledo Botanical Garden.


Conducting bird censuses of Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Providing student interns to a variety of environmental agencies and companies, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge),

local environmental consulting firms, The Nature Conservancy, Toledo Zoo, Toledo Area Metroparks, City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services, etc.



Number of Graduate Students mentored:


3 Ph.D. and 17 M.S. students have received degrees under my direction. I currently have one Ph.D. and two M.S. students in progress.