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Welcome to the Environmental Sciences Program

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: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Life-Physical-and-Social-Science/Environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm


107th ISAS Annual Meeting on 10-11 April 2015 at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Best Poster and Best Oral Awards in the Division of Environmental Science, Illinois State Academy of Science (ISAS).

Best Poster: Allyssa Decker

Best Oral: Ashley Keely

Activities of students during the meeting.


Students' activities during SIUE Hands-On Day on 16 September 2014

Our students were busy explaining and demonstrating experiments to visitors at the booth.

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Other News

(1) Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) Award in 2015:

  • Ayomipo Adeyemo
  • Hannah Fyfe
  • Vineet Garlapally
  • Lalita Mazgaeen
  • Kathleen Siech
  • Kelsey Tharp
  • Ranjitha Uppala
  • Jun Wang

(2) Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) Award in 2014:

  • Keith Flaugher
  • Ashley Keely
  • Stephanie Matthew
  • Iyabode Ogunkuade
  • Kimberly Phillips
  • Mohammad Rashid
  • Sahar Zeinali

(3) Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Chan, the recipient of 2014 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award. Dr. Chan's project focuses on how the blood brain barrier could potentially impact absorption of potentially harmful consumer products, such as pesticides or pharmaceuticals products from blood to the brain. The objective of the study is to understand the physiological representation of the in vitro system and whether consideration of the blood brain barrier is important. This research is important because she anticipates that the preliminary results from the proposed project could be used to improve laboratory methods and to develop useful tools/biomarkers for public health risk assessment. For more information, please visit:



(4) Congratulations to Julianne Epplin, the recipient of 2014 Outstanding Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Award and Julia E. Walker Award in Environmental Sciences.

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(5) 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.

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(6) 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.

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

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

  • Adam Paige

  • Vincent Giammaria

  • Swechhya Singh

New course in the Spring semester 2015

ENSC 595: Environmental Epidemiology

Key topics in this course include: Epidemiologic concepts and data sources, bias, confounding and random errors; study designs/strategies used in epidemiology/public health programs; Concept of effect measure modification; methods in infectious disease epidemiology, airborne transmission, diarrheal diseases, blood and body fluids as reservoirs of infectious disease, and vector-borne and parasite diseases; basic statistics in epidemiology. There will be some lab components in this course.

Instructor: Dr. Melissa Chan; SLW2200

Time and venue: Jan 12 - May 8, 2015; Monday: 6.00-8.50 PM; Peck Hall 2411

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.

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