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

This page describes my teaching and research. It can serve as a way for students to get to know me and my work. I have many students who work in my lab. I am eager to share my research work with other students.

To read about our current research projects click here Research

To find out more about classes I teach and research in my lab, click on the following links:



Biology 111 Syllabus
Biology 120 Syllabus
Biology 365 Syllabus
Biology 465 Syllabus

Practice Examinations

Biology 111 Exams
Biology 120 Exams

Biology 365 Exams

Biology 365 Exam 1
Biology 365 Exam 2
Biology 365 Exam 3
Biology 365 Final

Students and Former Students from the Lab

Students currently in the lab

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. 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
2.       Kilburn, Paul, and R. B. Brugam 2010. How Natural is Nature? The Confluence Spring/Summer pp. 42- 55 (Journal Website Location)
3.       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)
4.       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)
5.       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)
6.       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)
7.       Brugam, R.B. 2003. Book Review: Pollution of Lakes and Rivers: A Paleoenvironmental Perspective. . Journal of Paleolimnology 30(2):189-203.
8.       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)
9.       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)
10.    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)
11.    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)
12.    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)
13.    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)
14.    Brugam, R and P.Swain. 2000. Diatom Indicators of Peatland Development at Pogonia Bog Pond, Minnesota. Holocene 10:453- 464.(Abstract)
15.    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.
16.    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)
17.    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)
18.    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)
19.    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)
20.    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)
21.    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
22.    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)

Other interesting Links

To learn more about diatoms click on the diatom home page.

Diatom Home Page

To learn more about the University, click on the SIUE Home Page

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Two people have strongly influenced me as a scientist. They are Margaret Davis and Herb Wright both are faculty members at the University of Minnesota.

Last Update 29 Dec 2011