Home Page



Figure: High Lake in the Sylvania Wilderness Area, Upper Peninsula of Michigan. One of the clearest lakes in the Midwest

This page describes my research. I have retired from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville effective May 15 2014.  I am no longer taking students. To read about my current research projects click here Research . I have kept a record of former students from the lab. They are list under “Blast from the Past”.

Blast from the Past, A list of all past students from the lab with information on current occupation.

Titles of our recent publications. Click to view (Abstract)

1.         Kilburn, P. and R.B.Brugam (2014) Inventory of Vegetation Studies in Illinois Based on the Public Land Survey Records  Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 107:13-17

2.         Karthic I., Brugam, R.B., Retzlaff, W.A., Johnson, K.A. (2013). The impact of nitrogen contamination and river modification on a Mississippi River floodplain lake Science of the Total Environment 463–464: 734–1

3.         Brugam RB, Ketterer M, Maines L**, Lin Z-Q, Retzlaff WA (2012) Application of a Simple Binary Mixing Model to the Reconstruction of  Lead Pollution Sources in two Mississippi River Floodplain Lakes, , Journal of Paleolimnology,  47, 101-112

4.         Kilburn, Paul, and R. B. Brugam 2010.  How Natural is Nature? The Confluence Spring/Summer  pp.  42- 55 (Journal Website Location)

5.         Kilburn, Paul,  B. Tutterow, and R. B. Brugam 2009.  The tree species composition and history of barrens identified by land surveyors in Southwestern Illinois.  Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Society.  136(2): 272 – 283 (abstract)

6.          Brugam, R.B., M.C. Crenshaw, and L.A.B. Geise 2007. Historical development of the Cypress/Tupelo swamp at Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County, Illinois, USA. Wetlands 27(2):305-318. (Abstract)

7.          Vermillion, B., R. Brugam, W.Retzlaff and I. Bala 2005. The sedimentary record of environmental lead contamination from St. Louis, Missouri (USA) area smelters.  Journal of Paleolimnology 33(2):189-203. (Abstract)
8.          Brugam, R.B., B. Owen, and L. Kolesa. 2003. Continental-Scale Climatic Forcing Factors and Environmental Change at Glimmerglass Lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Holocene 14(6):807-817.  (Abstract)
9.          Brugam, R.B. 2003. Book Review: Pollution of Lakes and Rivers: A Paleoenvironmental Perspective. .  Journal of Paleolimnology 30(2):189-203.
10.      Brugam, Richard, Indu Bala, Jennifer Martin, Brian Vermillion, and William Retzlaff. 2003. The Sedimentary Record of Environmental Contamination in Horseshoe Lake, Madison County, Illinois Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Sciences 96(3): 205-218. (Abstract) (PDF file of manuscript)
11.      Brugam, R. B., I. Bala, B. Vermillion, W. Retzlaff. 2003. Historical impact of industrial development on groundwater and surface water quality in the American Bottoms. Proceedings of the 2003 Illinois Groundwater Consortium (pdf file of manuscript)
12.      Brugam, R.B., I. Bala, J. Martin, B. Vermilion, and W. Retzlaff. 2003. The Sedimentary Record of Environmental Contamination in Horseshoe Lake, Madison County, Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 96:205-218.(Abstract)
13.      Brugam, R.B., I. Bala, B. Vermilion, and W. Retzlaff 2002. Historical Impact of Industrial Development on Groundwater and Surface Water Quality in the American Bottoms. Proceedings of the 2002 Illinois Groundwater Consortium (pdf file of manuscript)
14.      Brady, K and R. B. Brugam 2002 . Phosphorus and Silica Recycling in Cougar Lake, a Small Illinois Reservoir. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 17:19-26 (Abstract)
15.      Brugam, R. and J. Stahl. 2000. The Potential of Organic Matter Additions for Neutralizing Acid Surface Mine Lakes. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences 93:127-144 (Abstract) ( pdf file of manuscript)
16.      Brugam, R and P.Swain. 2000. Diatom Indicators of Peatland Development at Pogonia Bog Pond, Minnesota. Holocene 10:453- 464.(Abstract)
17.      Brugam, R.B. 1998. The Environmental History of a New England Lake Chap. 2.6 in Biology: a Community Context B. J. Speziale, W.H. Leonard and J.E. Penick eds. Southwestern Educational Publishing.
18.      Brugam, R.B., K. McKeever, and L. Kolesa. 1998. A diatom- inferred water depth reconstruction for an Upper Peninsula, Michigan, lake. Journal of Paleolimnology20:267-276 (Abstract)
19.      Brugam, R.B. and S.McC.Johnson 1997. Holocene lake-level rise in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S.A. as indicated by peatland growth.Holocene7:355-359 (Abstract)
20.      Yangdong Pan and Richard B. Brugam 1997. Human disturbance and trophic status changes in Crystal Lake, McHenry County, Illinois, USA Journal of Paleolimnology 17:369-376. (Abstract)
21.      Brugam, R.B., M. Giorgi, C. Sesvold, S.M. Johnson, and R. Almos. 1997. Holocene vegetation history in the Sylvania Wilderness Area of the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.American Midland Naturalist 137:62-71. (Abstract)
22.      Brugam, R.B. and M.J. Patterson, 1996. Application of a Geographic Information System to mapping presettlement vegetation in Southwestern Illinois. Proceedings of the Illinois Academy of Science. (Abstract) ( pdf file of manuscript)
23.      Brugam, R.B., J. Gastineau, E. Ratcliff. 1995. The neutralization of acidic coal mine lakes by additions of natural organic matter: a Mesocosm test.Hydrobiologia 316:153-159
24.      Brugam, R.B. 1993. Surface sample analogues of Elk Lake fossil diatom assemblages. In: Bradbury, J.P., and Dean, W.E. eds. "Elk Lake, Minnesota / Evidence for Rapid Climate Change in the North-Central United States", Geological Society of America, Special Paper 276 pp 189-214. (Abstract)


Last Update 5 Nov. 2014