Thomas Simon

Adjunct Professor

(812) 855-7980
Room Number:
SPEA 412

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Illinois, 1994
  • M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin, 1985
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Michigan, 1981


We regret to report that Professor Simon passed away on July 16, 2016. Please read his obituary here.

Dr. Thomas Simon is an expert in aquatic biology, ecological indicators, and the early life of fishes. His research interests include ecosystem health and sustainability; environmental indicator development; effects of pollution; and management of freshwater natural resources.

Prior to joining SPEA in 2009, Simon served as an aquatic biologist with the EPA for 14 years and as a senior contaminants biologist with the Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service for 11 years. He was awarded three Congressional Bronze Medals from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his work on various environmental enforcement-related cases, including the 1993 Meigs Mine collapse in southeast Ohio; 1995 US Steel Settlement in Northwest Indiana, and 1998 assessment of the Grand Calumet River.

Simon’s research investigates practical problems in water pollution and resource management in order to determine the function of community dynamics in freshwater systems. His research program includes applied concepts related to the ecology and conservation of aquatic systems with emphasis on freshwater fish and crayfish. Simon's studies involve applied research focused on the use of anthropogenically modified habitats affected by landscape change, contaminants, and disturbance gradients within watersheds. In his work he uses aquatic biological assemblages to evaluate patterns, develop indicators, and evaluate biological response associated with stressor gradients.

Simon is the author of several books and publications on ecosystem health, ecotoxicology, biological indicators, pollution impacts within changing landscapes, and evaluated patterns in aquatic species.


  • Government scientist for 25 years, Environmental Protection Agency; Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Associate Editor, International Fisheries and Aquaculture Journal (2014-present); Associate Editor, Indiana Academy of Science (1988-present) and Journal of Crustacean Biology (2005-2012)
  • Life member of American Fisheries Society, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Fellow of Indiana Academy of Science
  • Nominated for State of Indiana Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence

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