Teaching

Although I don’t have a teaching appointment at the University of Illinois, I do give the occasional lecture for Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences classes. I also give presentations on fishes and freshwater mussels and other aspects of stream ecology to the general public. Below are a few talks I have given.

  •  Damn those dams – their negative effects on stream ecosystems
  •  Chronicles of Mollusca: four short stories about mollusk related projects in Illinois
  •  Fish porn – reproductive behavior of madtoms

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One aspect that goes untaught in biology is choosing sampling music. I have spent some time compiling the ultimate music library when sampling in aquatic ecosystems. I call my creation “the River Continuum Concept” (named after a classic stream ecology paper). This 12-disc set contains music with an aquatic biology theme, and is great when cruisin’ on the river. Included in the list are title of song and artist (but because people shared songs with me, I don’t know the album name to every song… and I haven’t had time to look up the information). If you know of any other aquatic biology songs, feel free to contact me, for I am wanting to add new songs to my compilation.

  1. Headwaters – Redhorse
  2. Dry Creek – Owen Temple
  3. Deep River, Mountain High – Tommy Tornado
  4. Raincrow Bill Goes Up Cripple Creek – David Holt
  5. Wolf Creek Pass – CW McCall
  6. Kickapoo Creek – Jason Allen
  7. Swanee River Boogie – Dr. John
  8. Crawfish Boogie – Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers
  9. Rising River Blues – Paul Geremia
  10. The Five Pound Bass – Robert Earl Keen
  11. Catfish Christmas – Steve Azar
  12. Sandy River Belle – Craig Smith
  13. Way Down the River Road – John Hartford
  14. Take Me Back to My Mississippi River Home – John Hartford
  15. Skippin’ in the Mississippi Dew – John Hartford
  16. Slumberin’ on the Cumberland – John Hartford
  17. Watching the River Go By – John Hartford
  18. Gum Tree Canoe – John Hartford
  19. Bear Creek Hop – John Hartford
  20. Where Does an Old Time River Man Go – John Hartford
  21. Minnow Branch Run – Kevin Harris
  22. Foggy River – Del McCoury
  23. Over the Waterfall – The Hackensaw Boys
  24. Mama’s Got the Catfish Blues – Tom T. Hall
  25. New River Train – The Monroe Brothers
  26. River Man – Nick Drake
  27. James River Blues – Old Crow Medicine Show
  28. Beech Creek Dirge – Old Crow Medicine Show
  29. When Dey Wud No Crawfish – Old Crow Medicine Show
  30. Grey Ice Water – Modest Mouse
  31. In the River – Diesel Dog
  32. Take Me to the River – Talking Heads
  33. Orangefooted Pimplebacked Pearly Mussel – Swamp Doc & the Crawfish Band
  34. A Talking Frog is Cool – Yukon Rider
  35. It’s a Cold Night for Alligators – Roky Erickson
  36. Alligator Chomp – Shooter Jennings
  37. Yertle the Turtle – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  38. Snapping Turtle – SNFU
  39. Turtle Blues – Big Brother and the Holding Company
  40. Turtle Walk – Soul Donkey
  41. Mock Turtle Song – Steely Dan
  42. Turtle Beach – Blu Mar Ten
  43. Green Snakes – Johnny Bush
  44. Black Snake Moan – Samuel L. Jackson
  45. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
  46. The Eel – Eddie Condon
  47. Into the Stream – The Tallest Man on Earth
  48. Salt Creek – Norman Blake and Tony Rice
  49. Sugar Creek The Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band
  50. Big Head Blues – Redhorse
  51. Little Rock Reel – Redhorse
  52. Tennessee River – Alabama
  53. Stone River – J.J. Cale
  54. River – Yonder Mountain String Band
  55. Shootin’ Creek – Pine Tree String Band
  56. Elk River Blues – Pine Tree String Band
  57. Cumberland River – Dailey and Vincent
  58. Muddy Water Home – Leftover Salmon
  59. Bend in the River – Leftover Salmon
  60. River’s Rising – Leftover Salmon
  61. Fishcat Catfish – Songs To Wear Pants To
  62. Woman Across the River – Freddy King
  63. In the Mississippi River – Mavis Staples
  64. Mississippi River Blues – Big Bill Broonzy
  65. Catfish – Big Jack Johnson
  66. Catfish John – Old and In the Way
  67. Catfish Eatin’ Woman – Kinchafoonee Cowboys
  68. The Big Flood – Bob Dylan
  69. High Water – Bob Dylan
  70. Watching the River Flow – Bob Dylan
  71. Down by the River – Neil Young
  72. Cripple Creek Ferry – Neil Young
  73. Welcome to Goose Creek – Goose Creek Symphony
  74. Broken Creek Goose Down – Goose Creek Symphony
  75. Black Creek – Brent Cobb
  76. Brushy Creek – Josh Abbott Band
  77. Howlin’ Down the Cumberland – John Hiatt
  78. Cold River – John Hiatt
  79. Fish Ain’t Bitin’ – Corey Harris
  80. Catfish Blues – Corey Harris
  81. Blue River Rising – Duster Bennett
  82. Moon River – Louis Armstrong
  83. Old Man River – Louis Armstrong
  84. Gone Fishin’ – Louis Armstrong
  85. Down in the Swamp – Debbie Davies, Kenny Neal, and Tab Benoit
  86. Swamp Witch – Jim Stafford
  87. Catfish, Make Me Love You – Tony Spinner
  88. Catfish Fishin’ – Guthrie Kennard
  89. Mississippi Blues – Roy Book Binder
  90. Chattachoochee – Alan Jackson
  91. Dog River Blues – Alan Jackson
  92. Down by the River by the Sugar Plant – Mike Doughty
  93. Come to the River – The Jayhawks
  94. Down Where the River Bends – Dwight Yoakam
  95. Black River – Green on Red
  96. Big River – Johnny Cash
  97. The Winding Stream – Johnny Cash
  98. Five Feet High and Rising – Johnny Cash
  99. Sligo Creek – Al Petteway
  100. Mill Creek Road – Palmer and Riner
  101. Whiskey River – Willie Nelson
  102. Dream River – The Mavericks
  103. The Banks of the Ohio – The Carter Family With Johnny Cash
  104. Drifting Too Far from the Shore – Stone Creek
  105. Fish Oudda Water – Dave Fogarty
  106. Potomac River Blues – Johnny Maddox
  107. Native Trout – Frog Holler
  108. Where the Old Red River Flows – Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys
  109. Cripple Creek – John Jaeger
  110. Red River Blues – Jorma Kaukonen
  111. Big River Blues – Jorma Kaukonen
  112. Deep River Rag – John Campbell
  113. Deep River Blues – Salty Dog
  114. Flows Like a River – Dog Town
  115. Big Fish Little Fish – Karl Williams
  116. The Lonesome River – Ralph Stanley
  117. Fishing Blues – Shari Richards and Ernie Hawkins
  118. Brazos River Song – Skip Gorman
  119. Dunk You in the River – Slobberbone
  120. Up on Cripple Creek – The Band
  121. The River Runs Deep – Black River Band
  122. Midnight at Woody Creek – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  123. Travelin’ Riverside Blues – Hindu Love Gods
  124. Muddy Water – Mr Black and Blues
  125. Black Muddy River – Norma Waterson
  126. Waist Deep in the Big Muddy – Richard Shindell
  127. Creek Mud – Johnnie Johnson
  128. Mississippi Mud – Hank Williams III
  129. Wild River – The Samples
  130. New River – The Familiars
  131. The River Bend – Ray Wylie Hubbard
  132. This River Runs Red – Ray Wylie Hubbard
  133. Missouri River – Storyhill
  134. Big Boat Up the River – Harry Belafonte
  135. Blue River – Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trombauer
  136. Wabash Blues – Chris Barber
  137. Blood Red River – Josh White
  138. Down by the Riverside – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  139. Red River – Sonny Terry
  140. Crawdad Song – Woody Guthrie
  141. Crawdad Hole – Doc Watson
  142. Craw-dad – Bo Diddley
  143. Craawfish Lady – Bryan Lee
  144. Crawfish, Crawdad, Mudbugs, Etc. – Cajun Man Ron
  145. Crawfish Bay – Grant Sabin
  146. The Crawfish Crawl – The Swamp Kings
  147. Grand Coulee Dam – Woody Guthrie
  148. Talkn’ Fishing Blues – Woody Guthrie
  149. Talkin’ Columbia – Woody Guthrie
  150. Misty River – Misty River
  151. I Walked Out In the River – Otis Gibbs
  152. Down to the River to Pray – Alison Krauss
  153. Chena Hot Springs – Yukon Rider
  154. Across the River – Alejandro Escovedo
  155. Red River Rising – Big Jeezus Truck
  156. Headed for the Ditch – The Bottle Rockets
  157. Get Down River – The Bottle Rockets
  158. The River’s Own – Chris Knight
  159. River Road – Chris Knight
  160. Down the River – Chris Knight
  161. Dry River – James McMurtry
  162. River Ran Dry – Reverend Horton Heat
  163. Green River – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  164. Harlem River Blues – Justin Townes Earle
  165. Downstream – New Monsoon
  166. Black Water – The Doobie Brothers
  167. Fish and Whistle – John Prine
  168. Bear Creek Blues – John Prine
  169. Banks of the Arkansas – Lucero
  170. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
  171. The River’s Rising – Bernard Allison
  172. Draggin the River – Buddy Miller
  173. Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  174. Fishin’ Hole – Stephen Lynch
  175. Smoke on the Water – Red Foley
  176. Bridge over Troubled Water – Johnny Cash
  177. Tears in the Holston River – Johnny Cash
  178. Holston River Hill – Don Cassell
  179. Travelin’ River Blues – Current Swell
  180. Ride the River – J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton
  181. Acadian Driftwood – Robbie Robertson
  182. Muddy the Waters – Black Ribbon
  183. Up a Lazy River – Bobby Darin
  184. River Euphrates – Pixies
  185. Everglades – Swamp
  186. The Legend of Wooley Swamp – The Charlie Daniels Band
  187. Black River Killer – Blitzen Trapper
  188. Swamp – Talking Heads
  189. Swamp River Days – John Fogerty
  190. Swamp Music – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  191. Bogged Down in the Bayou – Crawfish
  192. The Dam on Otter Creek – Live
  193. Dam that River – Alice in Chains
  194. Down by the Water – PJ Harvey
  195. Lake of Fire – Meat Puppets
  196. Where the River Goes – Stone Temple Pilots
  197. Fox Confessor Brings the Flood – Neko Case
  198. When the Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin
  199. The Ocean – Led Zeppelin
  200. Undertow – Green River Ordinance
  201. River in Reverse – Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello
  202. John the Fisherman – Primus
  203. Fish On (Fisherman Chronicles, Chapter II) – Primus
  204. Ol’ Diamondback Sturgeon (Fisherman Chronicles, Chapter III) – Primus
  205. Yellow-backed Fly – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
  206. I Love Fish but Fish Hate Me – Electric Eel Shock
  207. Keep Fishin’ – Weezer
  208. Weather Woman – The Gourds
  209. Don’t Trust the Weatherman – Jenna Fejervary
  210. Long Hot Summer Days – John Hartford
  211. Not a Drop of Rain – Robert Earl Keen
  212. Blue Sky – The Bottle Rockets
  213. Where the West Wind Blows – Green River Ordinance
  214. It’s a Dark Day – The Reverend Horton Heat
  215. Thunder on the Mountain – Bob Dylan
  216. Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
  217. Wild Wind – Robert Earl Keen
  218. Crazy Wind – James McMurtry
  219. Four Strong Winds – Johnny Cash
  220. When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s 40 Below) – Johnny Cash
  221. Prairie Wind – Neil Young
  222. More Bad Weather on the Way – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
  223. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
  224. Let it Rain – Eric Clapton
  225. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  226. Who’ll Stop the Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  227. Save it for a Rainy Day – The Jayhawks
  228. I Feel the Rain Fall – Red House Painters
  229. Hurricane – BR549
  230. Great Rain – John Prine
  231. Wicked Rain – Los Lobos
  232. Rains on Me – Tom Waits
  233. Fist Full of Rain – Warren Zevon
  234. Saddle in the Rain – John Prine
  235. Spent on Rainy Days – Bright Eyes
  236. Rain Please Go Away – Alison Krauss and Union Station
  237. It’s Always Raining Somewhere – Robbie Fulks
  238. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan
  239. Cold Hard Rain – The Meat Purveyors
  240. Tornadoes – Drive-by Truckers
  241. Out of the Storm – Green River Ordinance
  242. Black Rainbow – Paul Thorn
  243. In the Cold Cold Night – White Stripes
  244. Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground – Catfish Keith
  245. Respect for the Cold – Yukon Rider
  246. Snowin’ on Raton – Robert Earl Keen
  247. Footprints in the Snow – Ry Cooder
  248. Hello Mrs. Darkness – The Reverend Horton Heat
  249. Stumbling in the Dark – The Jayhawks
  250. Waiting for the Sun – The Jayhawks
  251. Stars – Hum
  252. Rare Bird Alert – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
  253. Bird on a Wire – Johnny Cash
  254. A Bird Without Feathers – Samuel L. Jackson
  255. Where do the Wild Geese Go – Greg Brown
  256. The Night Owl – Little River Band
  257. Pill Bug Blues – Heavy Ornamentals
  258. The Bug That Bit Me – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  259. Box of Spiders – Drive-by Truckers
  260. Spider, Spider – Mississippi John Hurt
  261. Spiders and Snakes – Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
  262. Wild Packs of Family Dogs – Modest Mouse
  263. Bobcat Tracks – Old Crow Medicine Show
  264. Red Eyes on a Mad Dog – The Del McCoury Band
  265. Another Late Night – Catfish Heaven
  266. Tired and Fried – Drag the River
  267. Beer:30 – The Reverend Horton Heat
  268. Beer Run – Todd Snider
  269. 15 Empty Beer Cans – Two Bits ‘a Gander

Thanks to Pops, I.B. Jellen, Biddy, Paul T., and T. Haas for sharing songs.