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Welcome to the Environmental Sciences Program

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The Mission of the Environmental Sciences Program is to cultivate the students' perspectives of environmental issues and provide students with refined knowledge of environmental issues at the local, regional, and global scale. The program will increase the student's technical competence in addressing these issues, their origins, ramifications, and resolutions. The Environmental Sciences Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is interdisciplinary, and is designed to enhance and promote professional education and career opportunities in a wide area of interests.

U.S. Department of Labor: Job Outlook for Environmental Scientists/Specialists

Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists. The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $63,570 in May 2012 in the U.S.

For more information, please visit the United States Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics:


(1) Mr. Vincent Giammaria recently gave an oral presentation entitled Environmental Justice in Urban Development Planning: Mobility and Accessibility in the Transportation Corridor at 2014 SIUE Graduate Symposium that was held on April 1, 2014, and won the first place for oral presentation. Vincent is a MS graduate student in the track of Environmental Policy and Public Administration under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Guehlstorf.


(2) Dr. Melissa Chan, has recently been awarded a BRIDGE Fellowship Award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct her research and study in Japan in 2013-2014.

(3) In Fiscal Year 2013, Mr. John Gemoules was awarded the "Outstanding Graduate Student in Environmental Sciences" Award and received $100.

(4) The deadline of GA application for Spring 2014 is October 29. The form can be found at: The completed form shall be submitted to the departmental office (Brandy or Haley).

(5) Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) Award in 2013:

  • Adam Paige

  • Vincent Giammaria

  • Swechhya Singh

Welcome New Faculty

Dr. Adriana E. Martinez will join the Environmental Sciences Program as an Assistant Professor starting August 15, 2013. Dr. Martinez's research focuses on the influence of human activities along river systems. She most recently studied the interactions between invasive riparian vegetation and stream channels. Vegetation influences river systems, through the interruption and channeling of flow, and is influenced by rivers, through the timing and regularity of inundation and nutrient fluxes. The resurgence of this science, biogeomorphology, is helping researchers better understand river systems and ultimately, helping us more efficiently and effectively restore rivers that have been significantly altered by human practices.

Dr. Martinez will teach GIS Modeling the Natural Environment (ENSC 573) in the fall semester.

Recent Publications (student author):

Hughes, M.F., Chan, M.P.L., Starr, J.M., Shafer, T.J., Scollon, E.J., DeVito, M.J. Extrapolating dose in vitro to dose in vivo of a neurotoxic pyrethroid pesticide using empirical approaches and a PBPK model. In: Parameters for Pesticide QSAR and PBPK/PD Models for Human Risk Assessment; Knaak J., et al.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, D.C; 2012: 229-241.

Hussar, E., Richards, S., Lin, Z.-Q., Dixon, R.P., and Johnson, K.A. 2012. Human Health Risk Assessment of 16 Priority Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soils of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution. 223(9): 5535-5548.

Theodorakis, C. W., Bickham, J., Donnelly, K. C., McDnnald, T., and Willink, P. 2012. DNA damage in cichlids from an oil production facility in Guatemala. Exotoxicology. 21: 496-511.

Guehlstorf, N. P. and Hallstrom, L. K. 2012. Participatory Watershed Management: A Case Study from Maritime Canada. Journal of Environmental Practice. 14(2): 143-153.

2014 Spring Course: Analysis of Environmental Contaminants (ENSC 528)

The course will focus on the theory and application of procedures used in the separation, detection, identification, and quantitation of toxicants in environmental samples. Discussion of the laboratory instrumentation, procedures, and experimental methods used for identification and quantitation of toxic substances, as well as their transformation products in environmental and biological samples.

Instructor: Dr. Melissa Chan

2014 Spring Course: Analysis of Environmental Contaminants Lab (ENSC 528L)

Applications in environmental analysis, including: extraction, cleanup, and quantitative analysis of authentic samples. Experiments are designed to reinforce and apply theories taught in ENSC 528 (lecture). Students will be exposed to hands on experience with the procedures, experimental methods, and instrumentation used for identification and quantitation of toxic substances and their transformation products in environmental and biological samples.

Instructor: Dr. Melissa Chan

A Visit by Dr. Elias Hakalehto from the University of Eastern Finland

Dr. Elias Hakalehto from University of Eastern Finland visited the Environmental Sciences program on October 21, 2013. Dr. Hakalehto gave a seminar entitled "Microbiological Research with Portable Microbe Enrichment Unit (PMEU) Forming Basis for Food, Clinical, Agricultural, Environmental and Biorefinery Innovations" to environmental sciences faculty and students. His research is aiming for the development and application of PMEU, including the rapid detection of hygienic indicators, salmonellas, and mycobacteria, and their interactions, as well as microbial ecology in aquatic environments.