Ph. D. Degree
Water Resources Science
1979 University of Michigan
1973 Syracuse University
1972 State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Dr. Auer teaches in the area of environmental engineering, specializing in surface water quality engineering. He works with students at all levels: coordinating freshman orientation, teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, and offering graduate instruction in surface water quality modeling. Dr. Auer's research involves field and laboratory studies and mathematical modeling of water quality in lakes and rivers. Since joining MTU in 1981, he has overseen nineteen masters theses and three doctoral dissertations. Dr. Auer has served as project director or co-principal investigator for more than $2.5 million in externally funded research, has published more than 55 papers in the peer-reviewed literature and has authored or co-authored more than 100 presentations at professional meetings. Dr. Auer's work has appeared in Environmental Science and Technology, the Journal of Environmental Engineering, the Journal of Great Lakes Research, the Journal of Lake and Reservoir Management, and Water Research. Dr. Auer is also one of seven MTU faculty and graduates who collaborated in co-authoring the textbook, Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering.
Special Achievements and/or Awards
· Auer, M.T., Kieser, M.S., and R.P. Canale. 1986. Identification of critical nutrient levels through field verification of models for phosphorus and phytoplankton growth. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 43(2): 379-388.
· Canale, R.P. and M.T. Auer. 1987. Personal computers and environmental engineering. Environmental Science and Technology, 21(10): 936-942.
· Auer, M.T. and S.W. Effler. 1989. Variability in photosynthesis: Impact on DO models. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 115(5): 944-963.
· Effler, S.W., Brooks, C.M., Auer, M.T., and S.M. Doerr. 1990. Free ammonia and toxicity criteria in a polluted urban lake. Research Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 62(6): 771-779.
· Auer, M.T. and S.L. Niehaus. 1993. Modeling fecal coliform bacteria: I. Field and laboratory determination of loss kinetics. Water Research, 27(4): 693-701.
· Storey, M.L., Auer, M.T., Barth, A.K., and J.M. Graham. 1993. Site-specific determination of kinetic coefficients for modeling algal growth. Ecological Modelling, 66: 181-196.
· Heidtke, T.M. and M.T. Auer. 1993. Application of a GIS-based nonpoint source nutrient loading model for assessment of land development scenarios and water quality in Owasco Lake, New York. Water Science and Technology, 28(3-5): 595-604.
· Penn, M.R., Auer, M.T., VanOrman, E.L., and J.J. Korienek. 1995. Phosphorus diagenesis in lake sediments: Investigations using fractionation techniques. Marine and Freshwater Research, 46: 89-99.
· Auer, M.T., Johnson, N.A., Penn, M.R., and S.W. Effler. 1996. Pollutant sources, depositional environment, and the surficial sediments of Onondaga Lake, New York. Journal of Environmental Quality, 25(1): 46-55.
· Gelda, R.K., Auer, M.T., Effler, S.W., Chapra, S.C., and M.L. Storey. 1996. Determination of reaeration coefficients: A whole lake approach. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 122(4): 269-275.
· Auer, M.T., Doerr, S.M., Effler, S.W. and E.M. Owens. 1997. A zero degree of freedom total phosphorus model: Development for Onondaga Lake. Lake and Reservoir Management, 13(2): 118-130.
· Auer, M.T., Tomasoski, K.A., Babiera, Needham, M.L., Effler, S.W., Owens, E.M. and J.M. Hansen. 1998. Phosphorus bioavailability and P-cycling in Cannonsville Reservoir. Lake and Reservoir Management, 14(2/3): 278-289.
Current Research Projects