Eric Bauer

Assistant Professor of Biology
McMichael Science Building 112
2625 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6162

Professional Expertise



BA, Biology with Neuroscience concentration - Cornell University

PhD, Zoology - University of Texas at Austin

Employment History

2014 to present - Assistant Professor, Elon University

2008 to 2014 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Elon University

2008 to present - Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2006 to 2008 - Assistant Professor, Hiram College

Courses Taught

Bio 101/102, General Biology (nonmajors)

Bio 105, Current Issues in Biology (such as genetic engineering) (Winter Term)

Bio 111/113, Cell Biology

Bio 263, Human Anatomy

Bio 264, Human Physiology

Bio 316, Developmental Biology

Neu 495, Neuroscience Seminar

Current Projects

A fluorscent image of a zebra fish with glowing blood vessels and lymphatic ducts (produced by the Crosier lab in New Zealand).

I am interested in a variety of questions, all of which are addressed using a "model organism" - the zebra fish (seen in the image above).

How do brains grow, and yet keep running smoothly during the growth process?

How do brains process sensory information to figure out what's going on "out there"?

How are brains and sensory organs impacted by human-made chemicals that now permeate the entire world?

Grants Awarded

Elon University CATL Teaching and Learning Grant, 2012 - Teaching Students Neural Functioning Through Direct Experience with Action Potential Recordings


Bauer EE, Coleman MJ, Roberts TF, Roy A, Prather J, Mooney R.  A synaptic basis for auditory-vocal integration in the songbird.  J. Neurosci, 2008.


Murakami SL, Cunningham LL, Werner LA, Bauer EE, Pujol R., Raible DW, Rubel EW.  Developmental differences in susceptibility to neomycin-induced hair cell death in the lateral line neuromasts of zebrafish (Danio rerio).  Hear Res 186: 47-56, 2003.


Pollak GD, Klug A, Bauer EE.  Processing and representation of species-specific communication calls in the auditory system of bats.  Int Rev Neurobiol, 56: 83-121, 2003.


Bauer EE, Klug A, Pollak GD.  Spectral determination of responses to species specific calls in the dorsal nucleus of the lateal lemniscus.  J. Neurophysiol 88: 1955-1967, 2002.


Klug A, Bauer EE, Hanson JT, Hurley L, Meitzen J, Pollak GD.  Response selectivity for species-specific calls in the inferior colliculus of mexican free-tailed bats is generated by inhibition.  J. Neurophysiol 88: 1941-1954, 2002.


Pollak GD, Burger RM, Park TJ, Klug A., Bauer EE.  Roles of inhibition for transforming binaural properties in the brainstem auditory system.  Hear Res 168: 60-78, 2002.


Klug A, Khan A, Burger RM, Bauer EE, Hurley LM, Yang L, Grothe B, Halvorsen MB, Park TJ.  Latency as a function of intensity in auditory neurons: influences of central processing. Hear Res 148: 107-123, 2000.


Bauer EE*, Klug A*, Pollak GD.  Features of contralaterally evoked inhibition in the Inferior Colliculus.  Hear Res 141: 80-96, 2000.        * - Co-first authors


Klug A*, Bauer EE*, Pollak GD.  Multiple components of ipsilaterally evoked inhibition in the inferior colliculus.  J. Neurophysiol 82: 593–610, 1999.             * - Co-first authors


Gilbert C, Bauer EE.  Resistance reflex that maintains upright head posture in the flesh fly Neobellieria bullata (Sarcophagidae).  J. Exp Biology 201: 2735-2744,1998.