Gordon Bauer

Professor of Psychology; Peg Scripps Buzzelli Chair - Biopsychology - Interdisciplinary Programs - Psychology - Social Sciences

Gordon Bauer
  • Phone: (941) 487-4394
  • Email: bauer@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: CGR 101
  • Mail Location: SSC 102

Professor of Psychology
Peg Scripps Buzzelli Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., University of Hawaii
M.S. Bucknell University
B.A., M.A., George Washington University

Professor Bauer is a biological psychologist specializing in animal sensory processes, cognition and behavior. He is currently studying vision, touch, and hearing of manatees, imitation and hearing by dolphins, hearing of loggerhead turtles, and behavior of humpback whales. He teaches courses in biological psychology, sensation and perception, animal learning, and statistics.

Recent Courses

Sensation and Perception
Animal Learning and Cognition
Biological Psychology
Introduction to Statistics

Selected Honors, Awards, Grants, and Appointments

Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 6

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

National Science Foundation Grant, IOS-0920022, (The Animal Sensation and Movement panel of the Environmental and Structural Systems Cluster). Manatee Vibrissae: “A Mammalian Lateral Line”. Supplementary education support for an interactive exhibit at Mote Marine Laboratory.

National Science Foundation Grant, IOS-0920022, (The Animal Sensation and Movement panel of the Environmental and Structural Systems Cluster. Manatee Vibrissae: “A Mammalian Lateral Line”. A collaborative grant with Roger Reep, University of Florida and David Mann, University of South Florida, School of Marine Sciences.

Courtesy Faculty, University of Florida, Department of Physiological Science

Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford University, England, Summer 1999

State University System of Florida Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award, 1995

Selected Publications

Colbert-Luke, D.E., Gaspard, J.C. III, Reep, R.L., Bauer, G.B., Dziuk, K., Cardwell, A., Mann, D.A. (2015). Eight-Choice Sound Localization by Manatees: Performance Abilities and Head Related Transfer Functions. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 201, 249-259.

Gaspard, J.C. III, Bauer, G.B., Reep, R.L., Dziuk, K., Read, L., Mann, D.A. (2013). Invited manuscript. Detection of hydrodynamic stimuli by the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 199, 441-450.

Fellner, W., Bauer, G.B., Stamper, S.A., Losch, B.A., Dahood, A. (2012). The Development of Synchronous Movement by Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Marine Mammal Science, 29, E203-E225.

Martin, K.J., Alessi, S.C., Gaspard, J.C., Tucker, A.D., Bauer, G.B., Mann, D.A. (2012). Underwater Hearing in the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta): A Comparison of Behavioral and Auditory Evoked Potential Audiograms. Journal of Experimental Biology, 215, 3001-3009.

Gaspard, J.C., Bauer, G.B., Reep, R.L. Dziuk, K., Mann, D.A. (2012). Audiogram and Auditory Critical Ratios of Two Florida Manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Journal of Experimental Biology, 215, 1442-1447.

Bauer, G.B., Gaspard, J.C. III, Colbert, D.E., Leach, J.B. Stamper, S.A., Mann, D., Reep, R.L. (2012). Tactile discrimination of textures by Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris).  Marine Mammal Science, 28, E456-E471.

Reep, R.L., Gaspard, J.C. III, Sarko, D.K., Rice, F.L., Mann, D.A., Bauer, G.B. (2011) Manatee vibrissae: evidence for a “lateral line” function. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1225: 101-109.

Mann, D., Hill-Cook, M., Manire, C., Greenhow, D., Montie, E., Powell, J., Wells, R., Bauer, G., Cunningham-Smith, P., Lingenfelser, R., DiGiovanni, R. Jr., Stone, A., Brodsky, M., Stevens, R., Kieffer, G., Hoetjes, P. (2010). Hearing loss in stranded odontocete dolphins and whales. PloS one 5(11): e13824. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013824.

Bauer, G.B., Colbert, D.E. Gaspard, J.C. (2010). Learning about Manatees: A Collaborative Program between New College of Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory to Conduct Laboratory Research for Manatee Conservation, International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23, 811-825.

Colbert, D.E., Gaspard, J.C. III, Reep, R., Mann, D.A., Bauer, G.B. (2009). Four-Choice Sound Localization Abilities of Two Florida Manatees, Trichechus manatus latirostrisJournal of Experimental Biology, 212, 2105-2122.

Fellner, W., Bauer, G.B., Harley, H.E. (2006). Cognitive implications of synchrony in dolphins. Invited manuscript for Special Edition of Aquatic Mammals. 32, 511-516.

Mann, D., Hill, M., Casper, B., Colbert, D., Gaspard, J., Bauer, G.B. (2005). Temporal resolution of the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) auditory system. Journal of Comparative Physiology, 191, 903-908.

Bauer, G.B. (2005). Research Training for Releasable Animals. Conservation Biology, 19, 1779-1789.

Bauer, G.B., Colbert, D., Fellner, W., Gaspard, J., Littlefield, B. (2003). Underwater visual acuity of Florida manatees, Trichechus manatus latirostris.  International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 16, 130-142.

Bauer, G.B. (2003). Beyond operant conditioning: Issues in animal learning. Soundings, 27, 24-25.

Colbert, D., Fellner, W., Bauer, G.B., Manire,C.A., Rhinehart, H.L. (2001). Husbandry and research training of two Florida manatees, (Trichechus manatus latirostris).  Aquatic Mammals, 27, 16-23.

Bauer, G.B., Harley, H. (2001). The mimetic dolphin (Commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24, 326-327.

Colbert, D., Bauer, G.B. (1999). Basic husbandry training of two West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris).  Soundings, 24, 18-21.

Mobley, J.R., Bauer, G.B., Herman, L.M. (1999). Changes over a ten-year interval in the distribution and relative abundance of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) wintering in Hawaiian waters. Aquatic Mammals, 25, 63-72.

Bauer, G.B., Johnson, C.M. (1994). Trained motor imitation by bottlenosed dolphins. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 79, 1307-1315.

Helweg, D., Bauer, G.B., Herman, L.M. (1992). Observations of an s-shaped posture in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Aquatic Mammals, 18, 74-78.

Floody, O.R., Bauer, G.B. (1987). Selectivity in the responses of hamsters to conspecific vocalizations. Hormones and Behavior, 21, 522-527.

Perry, A., Bauer, G.B., Dizon, A.E. (1985). Magnetoreception and biomineralization of magnetite in amphibians and reptiles. In: Kirschvink, J.L., Jones, D.S., MacFadden, B.J. (eds.). Magnetite Biomineralization and Magnetoreception in Organisms. Plenum Press: New York.

Bauer, G.B., Fuller, M., Perry, A., Dunn, R., and Zoeger, J. (1985), Magnetoreception and biomineralization of magnetite in cetaceans. In Kirschvink, J.L., Jones, D.S., MacFadden, B.J. (eds.). Magnetite Biomineralization and Magnetoreception in Organisms. Plenum Press: New York.

Technical Reports

Mobley, J.R. Jr., Spitz, S.S., Grotefendt, R., Forestell, P.H., Frankel, A.S., Bauer, G.B. (2001). Abundance of humpback whales in Hawaiian waters: Results of 1993-2000 aerial surveys. Report prepared for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, 26, 2001.

Bauer, G. An overview of the effects of vessel approaches on humpback whale behavior in Hawaii. In: Payne, P. Michael, Phillips, B., Nitta, E.T. Report of the Workshop to Assess Research and Other Needs and Opportunities Related to Humpback Whale Management in the Hawaiian Islands, Kaanapali, Maui, April 26-28, 1995, U.S. Department of Commerce., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-OPR-11, p. 68-73.

Bauer, G.B., Herman, L.M. (1986). The effect of vessel traffic on the behavior of humpback whales in Hawaii, Report to the National Marine Fisheries Service, Contract No. 41 USC 252.