David Wooster

Riparian Entomologist

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Research Interests: 

My research interests would be stream ecology, aquatic invertebrate biology, restoration effectiveness monitoring, stream food webs, stream and riparian linkages.


Aquatic Entomology


  • Ph.D. - 1997 - Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • M.S.- 1990 - Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • B.S. - 1988 - Biology, University of Nevada, Reno

Organizations and Affiliations:

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society for Wetland Scientists
  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • North American Benthological Society


  • DeBano, S.J., D.E. Wooster, J. Walker, L. McMullen, and D. Horneck. 2016. Interactive influences of climate change and agriculture on aquatic habitat in a Pacific Northwestern watershed. Ecosphere 7(6):e01357.10.1002/ecs2.1357.
  • Wooster, D.E., S. W. Miller, and S.J. DeBano. 2016. Impact of season-long water abstraction on invertebrate drift. Hydrobiologia 772(1): 15-30.
  • Wooster, D., J.L. Snyder, and A. Madsen.  2012.  Environmental correlates of signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus (Dana, 1852), density and size at two spatial scales in its native range.  Journal of Crustacean Biology 32(5):741-752.
  • Wooster, D.E., Miller, S.W, and S.J DeBano. 2012. An examination of the impact of multiple disturbances on a river system: taxonomic metrics versus biological traits. River Research and Applications 28(10): 1630-1643.
  • Brown, P., Wooster, D.E., Johnson, S. and S.J. DeBano. 2012.  Effects of water withdrawals on macroinvertebrate emergence: unexpected results for three holometabolous species.  River Research and Applications 28(3): 347-358.
  • Miller, S.W., D. Wooster, and J. Li. 2012.  Developmental, size structure and population biomass responses of a river dwelling caddisfly (Brachycentrus occidentalis) to irrigation water withdrawals. Hydrobiologia 679: 187-203. 
  • Wooster, D.E., DeBano, S.J., and A. Madsen. 2011. Impact of conspecifics, predators, and temperature on the microdistribution and behavior of a detritivorous stonefly.  Fundamental and Applied Limnology 179(3) 215-223.
  • Scherr, M., D. Wooster, and S. Rao. 2011. Interactions between macroinvertebrate taxa and complexenvironmental gradients influencing abundance and distribution in the Umatilla River, northeastern Oregon. Journal of Aquatic Ecology 26: 255-266
  • Doğramacı, M., DeBano, S.J., Kimoto, C. and D.E. Wooster.  2011. A back pack mounted suction apparatus for collecting arthropods from various habitats and vegetation. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 139(1): 86-90.
  • Scherr, M., D. Wooster, and S. Rao. 2010. Effects of temperature on growth rates, development and behavior of Epeorus albertae nymphs.  Environmental Entomology 39: 2017-2024.
  • Doğramacı, M., DeBano, S.J., Wooster, D.E. and C. Kimoto.  2010. A method for subsampling terrestrial invertebrate samples in the laboratory: Estimating abundance and taxa richness. Journal of Insect Science10:25, 17pp., available on-line at insectscience.org/10.25
  • Miller, S.W., D. Wooster, and J. Li.  2010. Does species trait composition influence macroinvertebrate responses to irrigation water withdrawals: evidence from the Intermountain West, U.S.A. River Research and Application  26(10): 1261-1280
  • Doğramaci, M., DeBano, S.J., Wooster, D.E. and C. Kimoto.  2009. A laboratory technique to speed processing of samples with large numbers of invertebrates. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 133(3) 217-222.
  • Miller, S.W., D. Wooster, and J. Li.  2007.  Resistance and resilience of macroinvertebrates to irrigation water withdrawals.  Freshwater Biology, 52: 2494-2510.
  • Wooster, D.E. and S.J. DeBano.  2006.  Impact of woody riparian patches on stream invertebrate communities.  Archiv für Hydrobiologie 165(2): 241-268. 
  • Silver, P., D. Wooster, and M.A. Palmer. 2004. Chironomid responses to spatially structured, dynamic, streambed landscapes. Journal of the North American Benthological society, 23:69-77.
  • Silver, P., C.E. Brown, and D. Wooster. 2004. Habitat partitioning by chironomid larvae in arrays of leaf patches in streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 23:69-77.
  • Wooster, D. 1998. Amphipod (Gammarus minus) responses to predators and predator impact on amphipod density. Oecologia, 115:253-259.
  • Sih, A., G. Englund, and D. Wooster. 1998. Emergent impacts of multiple predators on prey. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 13:350-355.
  • Wooster, D. and A. Sih. 1995. A review of the drift and activity responses of stream prey to predator presense. Oikos, 73:3-8.
  • Arnqvist, G. and D. Wooster. 1995. Meta-analysis: synthesizing research findings in ecology and evolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 10:236-240.
  • Arnqvist, G. and D. Wooster. 1995. Reply from G. Arnqvist and D. Wooster. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 10:460-461.
  • Wooster, D. 1994. Predator impacts on stream benthic prey. Oecologia, 99:7-15.
  • Sih, A. and D. Wooster. 1994. Prey behavior, prey dispersal and predator impacts on stream prey. Ecology, 75:1199-1207.
  • Post, D.W., O.J. Reichman, and D. Wooster.  1993.  Characteristics and significance of the caches of eastern woodrats (Neotoma floridana).  Journal of Mammalogy 74: 688-692.

Published Datasets:  

  • DeBano, S.J., D.E. Wooster, J. Walker, L. McMullen, and D. Horneck. 2016. Data from: Interactive influences of climate change and agriculture on aquatic habitat in a Pacific Northwestern watershed. Dryad Digital Repository http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.564q7

Content by David Wooster

Seeing Climate Change in Bugs and Salmon

Mar 2019
There are many ways to measure climate change. In northeast Oregon, scientists are investigating aquatic insects and how land management around waterways could potentially help or hinder salmon, which spawn in the streams.

By David Wooster, Sandy DeBano | Video

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