is a nearly complete list of former students in the lab with information on
their current jobs as far as they are currently known. Graduation dates and
programs are included. "BIOL" means Biological Sciences,
"ENVS" means the Environmental Studies Program. In recent years the
name of the Environmental Studies Program has been changed to Environmental
Sciences. If you have more information on former students, please email Dr.
Brugam at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Tim Currinder,
M.S. in ENVS 1982. Tim is a scientific equipment salesman with Smith-Kline
Beckman in Urbana, IL.
- Eric Reishus,
M.S. in BIOL,1982 . Eric spent a while in the environmental division of
Union Electric Company in St.
Louis. He left that position to join his father
as a Burger King franchiser in the Chicago
- Bill Elzinga, M.S. in BIOL, 1983. Bill spent
a long while with Environmental Science and Engineering in St. Louis. He is
working at Environmental Science and Technology in St. Louis. He does part-time teaching in
the SIUE Environmental Studies Program. Bill's M.S. thesis was published
in the American Midland
- Julie Herron
in BIOL 1984. Julie worked for a long time as an environmental manager on
the Weldon Spring Remedial Action Project in St.Charles,
She completed her certificate to teach secondary school biology. She is
now the coordinator of the secondary education program at Webster University in St. Louis.
Chakraverty, M.S. in BIOL, 1982. Sumi
is a housewife and mother in St.
Louis. Her thesis work appeared in a paper in Hydrobiologia.
I recently learned that Sumi
is working as a genetics lab tech at Washington University.
- Sue Stumpf, M.S. in ENVS, 198?. Sue is the owner and manager of a cafe in Madison
- Jim Lamkin, M.S. in ENVS, 1983. The last
word from Jim was that he is in sales with McKesson Chemical
- Stuart Glover, M.S. in ENVS,1990 . Stuart is a
laboratory technician in the Madison County Environmental Laboratory in
Edwardsville. He is also an avid bird watcher. I met him recently at the Riverlands Environmental Area near Alton, IL.
He was watching the large and varied community of ducks that overwinters
- Mike McElligott,
M.S. in ENVS, 1984. Shortly after graduation, Mike left for California to be a
wildlife manager on Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, CA. Recently I checked out the Vandenberg
website and found that Mike has moved on to work in Guam.
- Matt Geissert,
M.S. in ENVS, 1987. Matt got a job as an industrial hygenist/inspector
with OSHA after he graduated. He is now working with a county health
department in California.
- Young Dong Choi, M.S. In ENVS, 1984. Young
continued his studies after graduation in the School of Forestry
and Environmental Studies at SUNY Syracuse. His Ph.D. thesis was on the
reclamation of iron mine spoils. He is currently associate professor of
Biology at Indiana
University, Calumet. His current research is on the reclamation
of urbanized landscapes in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Young was
a major organizer for the INTECOL meeting in Korea.
- Mark Albert Carlson, M.S. in ENVS, 1982. Mark
continued his education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va.
obtaining a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. He now lives in Corvallis, Oregon
where he works for a consulting firm on contracts with the U.S. E.P.A.
- Kenneth Lynn, M.S. in BIOL. Kenny works in
the environmental division of Amren UE (the
former Union Electric Co.). He resides in Glen Carbon.
- Mark Lusk, M.S. in BIOL, 1983. Mark worked
for a few years at the Weldon Spring Remedial Action Project in St.
Charles Co., Mo.
with Jacobs Engineering. He was transferred to the Jacobs home office in Idaho. His thesis
work appeared in a special volume on acid lakes published in Hydrobiologia.
Mark is now a senior scientist at the Waste Policy Institute in Idaho Falls. He
works as a subcontractor for environmental restoration for the U.S.
Department of Energy
- Anna Fisher Stevens. M.S. in BIOL, 1989. Anna got a
job as a biochemist at Monsanto after graduating. Because of her
additional background in Ecology, she has been working to transform the
grounds of the Monsanto World Headquarters in Chesterfield, Mo.
into a natural area. She and other Monsanto employees have created a fine
- Jose Vallarino, M.S. in ENVS, 1987. Jose is working for an environmental consulting firm
in Boston, MA which monitors and controls lead in
the workplace. His M.S. work appeared in a paper published in the Archiv fur Hydrobiologie.
Pan, M.S. in BIOL
1998. Pan completed his Ph.D. studies with Rex Lowe at Bowling Green University
He studied the impact of fertilization on benthic diatoms. Pan did a post
doc at the University
of Louisville where
he studied diatom communities in Kentucky
and the impacts of agricultural chemicals on diatoms in the Everglades. . He has a number of publications
including his M.S. work from SIUE. He is now Assistant Professor of
Environmental Science at Portland
in Portland, Oregon. His M.S. thesis work just
appeared in the Journal
of Paleolimnology. (Abstract). Pan has his own
web page called Pan's Page. The title of Pan’s thesis is “Paleolimnology of
Crystal Lake, McHenry County,
P. Anand, M.S. ENVS 1988. Anand
finished his Ph.D. in toxicology at Rutgers.
His thesis was on Acrylamide neurotoxicology.
For a while he was Corporate Senior Toxicologist with Boston Scientific
Corporation which is a medical service company in Boston Massachusetts.
He has moved to North Carolina
where he is in charge of the pre-clinical department of Kowa
- Mike Dixon, M.S. in ENVS, 1988. Mike is
employed at Washington
University as a
hazardous waste specialist. He resides in Edwardsville.
- Jamie Pervis, M.S. in
ENVS, 1989. Jamie
was employed at the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis. She moved on to a graduate
program in telecommunications management at the University of Colorado.
We published her M.S. thesis in the Proceedings
of the Illinois
Academy of Science.( Abstract)
- James Gastineau. M.S. in
ENVS, 1990. James
was working in Iowa
for the state government. He has moved on to a consulting firm in Nebraska which has
a large number of contracts with Iowa State
government. He works on environmental problem associated with leaky
underground storage tanks. His work was published in Hydrobiologia.
- Heidi Dunn, M.S. in Biol, 1991. Heidi is
the president of her own environmental consulting firm in Elsberry, Mo.
The firm specializes in the mitigation of the effects of human activities
on endangered freshwater mussels.
- Eric Ratcliff, M.S. in ENVS, 1993. Eric is a
field and laboratory technician with the Illinois Natural History Survey
in Alton, IL. He does field sampling for water
chemistry on the Mississippi River. He is
Assistant Field Station Director at the National Great Rivers Research
Center in Alton, His work was published in Hydrobiologia.
He married Amy Keele who also got her M.S. in
- Trish Gannon Reilly, B.S. in BIOL. Trish works for
the Missouri Department of Conservation
- Tim Reilly, B.S. in BIOL. Tim works for the
Missouri Department of Conservation in their Clean Streams Program.
- Greg Labruyere,
B.S. in BIOL. Greg works for a dental equipment manufacturer in St. Louis. Because
of his superb knowledge of German, Greg manages the company's business
with the Federal Republic of Germany.
Winfrey, B.S. in
BIOL. Jairus is a businessman in Memphis. TN.
Tseng, MS. in
ENVS, 1991. Licheng returned to Taiwan to
become an environmental specialist employed by the Taipei city council.
- Tom Lerzcak,
M. S in ENVS, 1991. Tom worked for the Illinois Natural History rivers lab
in Havana, IL. He is now a natural areas
specialist with the state of Illinois.
Govindacharyula, M.S. in ENVS, 1993. Raghu is a
computer programmer with General Motors in Detroit.
- Mike Gerbitz,
M.S. in Civil Engineering, 1992. Mike is a consultant in hydrology in Northern Wisconsin.
- Melody (Giorgi) Carter B.S. BIOL 1996. Melody did pollen analysis of cores
from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for her senior assignment. The work
was published in our American Midland Naturalist paper. After graduation Melody worked for the
Orange County environmental Protection Department in Florida. She dropped out of the job market to
raise children and is now looking to return to environmental work.
- Marcos de Jesus, B.S. in BIOL. 1994 Marcos left
to become a
graduate student in fisheries at SIU-Carbondale. He is a District Inland
Fisheries Supervisor for the state of Texas.
- Matt Malick,
M.S. in BIOL, 1992. Matt is a Ph.D. student in Biology at Colorado State
University. His interest is benthic invertebrates of streams. He spent a
year in Alaska
doing computer programming for the Park Service. He is head of water
quality at the Curescate National
Park in Colorado.
- Julie Watral, M.S. in ENVS, 1993. Julie was
employed by the Missouri Department of Conservation inspecting hazardous
waste sites. She lived for a time in Colorado and now has moved to Florida.
- P. Satesh Nair,
M.S. in ENVS 1993. We don't know where Satesh
- Nancy Dickens, M.S. in ENVS 1993. Nancy is working for
Maxim Technologies, an environmental consulting firm in St. Louis. She specializes in the clean
up of hazardous wastes at U.S.
government munitions plants.
- Kris Erickson, M.S. in ENVS 1994. Kris is
working at Environmental Science and Engineering, a consulting firm in St. Louis.
- Alex Kropp,
M.S. in ENVS 1994. Alex held a number of temporary positions with the
federal government doing bird surveys in national parks and wildlife
areas. He is now employed permanently by the state of Florida as a non-game wildlife specialist.
He is the Breeding Bird Survey Coordinator for the State of Florida.
- Larry Kolesa,
M.S. all but thesis in ENVS. Larry is a high school teacher at the San Pedro
Magnet School for Marine Sciences,
San Pedro, California. The data from his thesis
was published in a paper in the Journal
of Paleolimnology in October 1998.(Abstract)
- Steve Stumne,
M.S. in ENVS, 1995. Steve is employed at the Weldon Spring Remedial Action
- Neil McCrary, M.S. in BIOL, 1995. After
graduation Neil moved to Texas
where he worked at the University
of Texas as an
agricultural chemist. Neil is now working in tropical diseases at Incarnate Word University
in San Antonio.
He says that in the morning he works on Schistosomiasis
and in the afternoons Leishmania. He has applied
for graduate school at Texas A&M. He wants to do a Ph.D. based on his leishmania work.
The title of
Neil’s thesis is “Paleolimnology of Deep Lake, Lake, County, Illinois”.
- Mark Gallyoun,
B.S. in BIOL, Date Unknown. Mark is working in North Carolina for the
- Carmen Sesvold, B.S. in BIOL, 1996. Carmen’s work in
our lab was published in the American
Midland Naturalist, (Abstract). She is now
a Ph.D. candidate at the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University in
Washington, D.C. She completed her
M.S. there in 2003. She reports: “I
am doing well, I have recently passed my
qualifying exam and am in a good lab with 2 great mentors. One is a
neuroscientist specializing in synaptogenesis, the other a physiologist
specializing in the lung. I enjoy being able to finally concentrate on my
research and not having to split my attention on so many (class) subjects.
I am characterizing the innervation of the lung and neuro-endocrine
bodies using confocal microscopy. I consider it a lot of fun, but do not
tell anyone they may work me even harder. I may branch to electronmicroscopy, we just have to see where the research leads us. It
is funny, if I do go into e-microscopy, I will have run the gamut of
imaging macro, micro to submicro
- Beth Owen, 1996, M.S. in BIOL. Beth is a
law student at St. Louis
title of Beth’s thesis is “Development of Glimmerglass Bog as Indicated by
Pollen and Sediment Stratigraphies”. Her thesis was published in August
of 2004 in Holocene
- Stacy McCance,
M.S. in ENVS, 1995. Stacy is a technician with an environmental consulting
firm in the Chicago
area. Data from her paper was published in our paper in Holocene (Abstract). Stacy’s thesis title is: “Development of
Kerr Lake Bog as Indicated by Pollen Stratigraphy”.
- Kathy McKeever,
M.S. in ENVS, 1996. Kathy is a laboratory technician with the Illinois
Natural History Survey in Alton, IL. Data from her thesis was published
the October 1998 issue of Journal
of Paleolimnology. (Abstract). The title of Kathy’s thesis is “A Diatom-Inferred Water Depth
Reconstruction of an Upper Peninsula, Michigan, Lake.
- Eric Danielson, M.S. in ENVS, 1996. Eric works
as a biologist with the Weldon Spring Remedial Action Project in St. Charles County, Mo. His thesis was a study of the
amphibians of a number of uranium-contaminated sites near the Weldon
Spring Weapons Plant.
- Rodney Almos,
B.S. in Computer Science.1997 Rodney is a programmer for A.G. Edwards in St. Louis. His work
was published in an American
Midland Naturalist paper. (Abstract). Rodney
expects to return to school to finish his M.S. in Environmental Sciences.
- Tracie Summerville, M.S. in ENVS, 1997.Tracie
studied the distribution of copper, zinc and iron in a lake and a bog in
the Sylvania Wilderness Area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Tracie is
a high school chemistry teacher in Missouri.
Tracie’s thesis title is: “Copper, Lead, and Iron Concentrations in Two
Sediment Cores from the Sylvania Wilderness Area, Upper Peninsula, Michigan”.
- Becky Purcell B.S. Biology 1997. Becky sends
the following summary: I was lab manager at Wash U School of Medicine in
the department of Neurology working on the Christopher Reeve Paralysis
project. I was part of the group that made it possible for Chris Reeve to
have sensation in over 80% of his body and able to go without his
ventilator for long periods of time. I think that is pretty big stuff. I
spent a day with Alan Alda while he did one of
his American Scientific Frontier shows focusing on our lab too. I now have
quit working due to having Fibromyalgia and have become a full time
quilter!!! What a change, huh? I see Sue often at the quilt stuff. I have
moved back to my hometown of Salem,
IL. My husband lives in China with
his job, at least 2 more years, so I came back home. The house I grew up
in was for sale so I bought it and here I am. I love being around family
again even though they are a pain much of
- Tim Carron B.S. Biology 1997. Tim did pollen
analysis in the lab. He completed some interesting work on the bogs of the
Upper Peninsula. He is now working for Malinckrodt Chemical Company in St. Louis
- Rebecca Hood, Biology 1997 - Rebecca is using
pollen to reconstruct the logging history of Helen Lake, near the Sylvania
Wilderness Area, Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Rebecca
- Jennifer Pierce B.S. Biology - Jennifer was a
member of the Undergraduate
She used pollen and diatoms to reconstruct the impact of logging and cabin
building on Moon
Lake, near Land
O'Lakes Wisconsin. Jennifer moved to New York in summer of 1997.
- Brian Tutterow, B.S. Biology 1998 - Brian used
MAPINFO, a GIS program, to reconstruct presettlement forests and prairies
in Jersey County, Illinois. He is digitizing the
Government Land Office Surveys for the county. He is working for Zambrana Engineering in St. Louis.
- Jim Cox, M.S. in ENVS 1998. Jim
completed a study of the birds of the SIUE Nature Trail.
- Mike Delmore.
M.S. in ENVS 1998. Mike completed his final paper. He is employed with a
firm that provides environmental insurance for corporations
1999- Jil is studied fossil diatom assemblages
in Upper Peninsula lakes to reconstruct
past lake water levels and climatic change. Jil
now works at the Washington
School. The title of her thesis is
“Diatom-Inferred Water Depth Reconstruction of Sun Lake, Upper Peninsula, Michigan”.
- Laura Luecking M.S. Biology and Geography 1999
- Laura used Government Land Office surveys from he early 1800's to
reconstruct the original forests and prairies of Southwestern
Illinois. Laura received "Honorable Mention" in the
E.S. Deevey award competition at the Ecological Society of America Meeting
in Albuquerque, N.M. during summer of 1997. The Deevey
Award recognizes the best student papers in historical or paleoecology
presented at the ESA Annual Meeting. Laura reconstructed pre-settlement
forests of Macoupin Co., Illinois
using the Government Land Office records. Laura is also working at Washington University Medical
- Jeff Kramer M.S. 1999, Biology - Jeff 's
advisor was Dr. Mark Bolyard, but he grew his diatom cultures in the
Brugam lab. Jeff worked on a project to genetically transform diatoms. The
diatoms were obtained from Dave Czarnecki's
diatom culture collection and from the University of Texas Algal Culture
collection. Jeff is a researcher with Eli Lilly Company in Indianapolis.
- Katherine Brady,M.S. Environmental Sciences 1999. -
Katherine studied Cougar (Tower) lake on campus. She found that phosphorus
levels in the lake are controlled by recycling from the sediment.
Katherine is working for a large Environmental Consulting firm in New
Jersey. Her thesis title is: “Phosphorus and Silica Cycling in a
Midwestern Hypereutrophic Reservoir”.
- Jake Morris B.S. 1999 - Jake did pollen
analyses of short cores from High lake and from Sun Lake in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan. He is now working as an environmental consultant
with Zambrana Engineering in St. Louis. He has
returned to work on an M.S. in Environmental Sciences at SIUE.
- Todd Hubbard M.S. Environmental Sciences
2000. - Todd studied the benthic invertebrates in two watersheds from
Iowa. One watershed was reclaimed to prairie. The other was heavily used
for agriculture. Todd works for the University of Iowa as an environmental
- Tricia Deming M.S. Environmental Sciences
2000. - Tricia studied iron and manganese cycling in Cougar (Tower) Lake.
She found that there was a lot less iron in the deep waters of the lake
than we expected. Her thesis title was: “The Cycling of Iron, Manganese,
and Sulfide in Cougar (Tower) Lake, Madison County, Illinois”.
- Capt. Robert Hauser M.S. Environmental Sciences
2000. - Capt. Hauser did a study of the lake effects climate of the Upper
Peninsula. He found a clear statistically significant difference in winter
precipitation along the shores of Lake Superior versus sites farther
inland. He is a captain in the U.S. Air Force who specializes in
- Amber McGee, B.S. Biology 2000. Amber did a
study of humic acids in Schulz Bog near Rhinelander Wisconsin. She found
that there was a lot more humic acid in the sediment core when there were
also lots of Sphagnum
- Maggie Coad. B.S. Biology 2000. Maggie did
some preliminary pollen analysis of a core from Horseshoe Lake, Alexander
County, Illinois. Her work showed that Taxodium
pollen became abundant in the sediment core when European-American
Pioneers colonized the site. The current lovely cypress forest in the lake
did not exist before pioneer farmers arrived around 1815.
- Lynne Malone
2001. Lynne did pollen
woodland hollows in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She moved to northern Mississippi and is an accountant for a
small auto racing firm.
- Mona Callis MS Biology 2001 Mona did a
pollen analysis of a core from Schulz Bog near Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The bog
is located well away from the Upper Peninsula and the lake-effects snows
of Lake Superior. Bog development there was very similar to other sites in
the Upper Peninsula indicating that there is little impact of lake effects
snows on bog development. Mona is a
regional manager for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)
- Michelle Crenshaw MS Biology 2001 Michelle did a thesis
on the Paleolimnology of Horseshoe Lake in Alexander County,
Illinois. She showed that the lake
was very different in pre-settlement times. Her diatom analysis showed that the lake
was shallow with lots of aquatic macrophytes. The modern diatoms show a very eutrophic
lake. Michelle was at the University of Waterloo
working on her Ph.D. with Roland Hall, however,
she quit that position to pursue other interests.
2002. Chad’s thesis was a
phosphorus budget for Cougar (formerly Tower) Lake on the SIUE
campus. He found that the lake is
losing far more phosphorus than in coming in through the campus sewage
treatment plant. The plant
currently uses tertiary treatment to remove phosphorus. We think the lake is still losing
phosphorus that was deposited in the sediment before the plant came on
line. Chad has moved on and is
working as an environmental scientist for the State of Montana The title of Chad’s
thesis is “A Phosphorus Budget for Cougar Lake
in Madison County, Illinois”.
MS ENVS 2002. Sashi
is from Hyderabad in India. Her
thesis was on the effects of
cadmium and zinc on growth of Loblolly Pine (Pinus
taeda). She started her thesis work under
Jim Houpis, but he left for another
is employed by an environmental consulting firm in Rockville, MD. Her thesis title is: “Applicability of Pinus taeda in
Phytoremediation of Cadmium and Zinc Contaminated Soils”.
- Erin Hammer BS Biology 2002. Erin’s
senior project was a study of
spheroidal carbonaceous particles in Horseshoe Lake,
Madison County, IL. She was a
pioneer for our lab. She developed
the technique and showed that it was feasible. We will be continuing with her work.
- Jennifer Martin, Biology. Jennifer completed a study of pollen in a short core from Horseshoe Lake, Madison County, IL. Her work showed the location of the
- Adam Hayes. BS Biology 2002. Adam did a study of Cougar Lake
- Brian Vermillion.
MS ENSC 2003. Brian did a
study of sediment chemistry at Horseshoe Lake, Madison, County, Illinois. He found that Pb, Zn and Cd increased in
starting in the early 1900’s. He
concluded that these elements entered the lake from a Pb smelter located
in the adjacent town. The title of Brian’s thesis
is “Major Element and Heavy Metal
Concentrations in Horseshoe Lake, Madison Co., IL”. Brian completed his Ph.D. in
environmental science at the University
of Illinois. He studied mercury in Piasa Creek. He
developed some interesting new methods to measure mercury in the
- Indu Bala
MS ENSC 2003. Indu also worked with
Dr. William Retzlaff. She did a
study of stable isotopes of
nitrogen in Horseshoe
Lake sediment. She
now lives in Iowa.
- Micah Miranda. BS Biology 2003. Micah did a study of Cougar Lake
temperature profiles. He placed a
series of Onset HOBO temperature loggers at depth intervals in the
lake. His purpose was to study the
impact of the University’s heated water effluent on lake stratification
and temperature budget.
- Kevin McKaye. BS Biology 2004. Kevin continued Erin Hammer’s study
of carbonaceous particles in Horseshoe Lake sediment. He found that it is possible to measure
carbon black using the same equipment used to measure stable isotopes of
carbon. His approach could greatly
simplify the measurement of elemental carbon in lake sediment.
- Christina Blackford
2005. Christina did a senior
assignment project on stable isotopes in sediment from Sylvania Wilderness
lakes and hollows. She found that
δ15N values decreased in up core in High Lake. Her results indicate that nitrogen from
air pollution reaches this lake in a Wilderness area.
- Dave Novak M.S. Biology 2005. Dave completed a study of the heat
budget of Cougar lake that Micah Miranda started. Dave used HOBO data loggers to record
the temperature of the lake water at 2 hour intervals for 2 years. He showed that the SIUE heating and
air-conditioning plant contributes only small amounts of heat to the
lake. The title of Dave’s thesis is “Heat Budget of Cougar
Lake, Madison County, Illinois”.
Click for a pdf of Dave’s thesis. Dave earned a second MS in
Environmental Engineering. He is
now an inspector for OSHA.
- Shelly Ottensmeier MS
ENSC 2005. Shelly completed a study
of stable isotopes of seston in Cougar Lake. She found that δ15N increased over the summer as a result
of sewage inputs from the
campus. Dr. Retzlaff was
co-advisor. Shelly works in TekLab, a local environmental firm. Click for a pdf
of Shelly’s thesis.
- Natalie Schneider BS BIOL 2005. Natalie did a study of condition factors
in Cougar Lake fishes. Click for a pdf
of Natalie’s senior assignment presentation in the Ecology, Evolution and
- Paul Boudreaux BS BIOL 2006. Paul did an experimental study
re-examining the classical studies of
Clifford Mortimer on chemical changes in the anaerobic hypolimnia of eutrophic lakes. Paul wants to attend optometry school in
St. Louis. Click for a pdf of Paul’s Senior Assignment final poster
- Jay Munyon BS BIOL 2006: Jay did a study of
stable isotopes of carbon and
nitrogen in Cougar
Lake food chains.
Jay’s work was supported by the SIUE
Undergraduate Research Academy
and by the Illinois EPA’s Lake Education Assistance Program (LEAP
Grants). He presented the results
at the 2006 Ecological Society of
America Meeting in Memphis,
TN. Click for pdfs
of Jay’s poster (pdf1,
pdf2). Jay was graduate student with Evelyn Gaiser at Florida
International University. He is studied periphyton in the Everglades. He has returned to Illinois and is looking for a teaching
- Nick Grant BS BIOL 2006: Nick came to SIUE with a strong interest
in aquatic entomology. He did a study
of benthic invertebrates in Cougar
Lake. He found a strong decline in diversity
in samples taken from the anaerobic hypolimnion of the lake. His results
were similar to other eutrophic lakes like Linsley Pond, CT and Lake Mendota, WI.
Nick is currently employed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines inspecting surface coal mines in Illinois. He is
also a member of the National Guard who has spent a couple of tours in Afghanistan.
Click for a pdf of Nick’s final presentation in the Ecology
Evolution and Environment Colloquium.
- Steve Ryan BS BIOL 2006. Steve did a study of stable isotopes in floodplain
vegetation along the Illinois River. Click for a copy of his Senior
Assignment poster (pdf
James BS BIOL 2006. Brandon did his senior assignment
project on the “200 lb squirrel project”. Our collaborator was Dr. Marian
Smith from the SIUE Biology department.
We planted seeds of various species of Illinois oaks and walnuts
around the SIUE campus. Each seed
was marked with a numbered flag.
Our purpose was to test Bazzaz’s hypothesis that reforestation in
Illinois is limited by the ability of large seeded species to disperse to
open sites. Brandon examined field
and laboratory germination and survival rates using the tetrazolium
method. Brandon presented his work
at the 2006 Illinois State Academy of Sciences Meeting in Chicago. Click for a copy of his ISAS poster (pdf). Brandon is a Ph.D. student in plant
physiology at the University of Illinois Champaign.
Martin BS BIOL 2007. Beth did her Ecology Colloquium talk on
nitrate in Cougar Lake. Her
question was whether denitrification in deep eutrophic lakes removes nitrate
from water. She took weekly samples
at meter depth intervals from the lake and analysed them for nitrate using
a nitrate electrode. Click for
handouts of her talk (pdf). Beth moved to Florida and started a dog
Williams BS MS BIOL. 2009 Phil completed
his senior assignment project in the lab.
He did a study of stable isotopes in the sediment of Cougar
Lake. He found that the recent
invasion of the lake by Myriophyllum
increased the δ13C
value of shallow water sediment.
Live Myriophyllum showed elevated 13C levels
because the large beds of macrophytes are extremely carbon-limited. A portion of the carbon fixed by the
macrophytes is incorporated into the lake sediment. Phil presented his results at the Illinois
State Academy of Sciences meeting in Springfield. Click for a copy of his poster (pdf). Phil completed his MS in
Biology his thesis title is “Reconstruction of the History of Cougar Lake,
a small eutrophic reservoir in southern Illinois”.
Wilson BS Biol 2009. Matt completed his BS doing research on
nitrogen in Cougar Lake. He also
worked on sediment cores from the Mound House and Koster archaeological
sites. Matt has returned for his
MS. He has presented his undergraduate
work at the Illinois State Academy of Sciences.
Lepping BS Biol 2009. Brian completed his senior assignment
with a study of stable isotopes
of carbon and nitrogen in gizzard
shad from Cougar Lake
Martyn BS 2009. Chris’ senior assignment project was a
continuation of our studies on tree seedling survival on the SIUE campus.
Maines MS 2009. Laylonda completed her thesis which was
a paleolimnological study of lead
(Pb) pollution in Horseshoe Lake, Madison County, IL. She found that she could use stable
isotopes of lead to track sources to the sediment. Horseshoe Lake has a legacy of lead pollution from a large smelter
located in Granite City, IL. The
title of Laylonda’s thesis is “Lead contamination of Horseshoe Lake,
Madison County, IL by French Colonial Smelters”. Laylonda’s thesis was one
source of data for our most recent paper in the Journal of Paleolimnology (Brugam et al. 2012)
Campo BS Biol 2010. Adam did a study
of oak regeneration at his family’s
farm in Monroe County, Illinois
Fink BS Biol 2010. Jake did a study of
stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in cores from his grandfather’s
farm near Beardstown, IL. He found
almost no impact of low N-15
fertilizers on sediment isotopic composition.
McAfee BS Biol 2010. Megan did a joint
study with Sarah Marrs on stable isotopes of nitrogen and carbon in cores from the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They were trying to see whether air pollution
was changing the isotopic composition of sediment in very low nutrient
Marrs BS Biol 2010. Worked with Megan
McAfee on the Upper Peninsula lakes.
Klumpp BS Biol 2011. Andy did a study of
the locust groves on the campus.
Cory Anderson BS Biol 2012. Cory and Shawn Worthen did a study of turtles in Cougar Lake. They captured turtles in nets, weighed them,
aged them and returned them to the lake.
They constructed a survivorship curve for the turtles. They found mostly painted turtles and
red-eared sliders. The turtles show a
Deevey type II survivorship curve. The
click on the link to see their poster (poster). We are
grateful to Dr. Beth Walton for her help and advice on this project.
Shawn Worthen BS
Biol 2012. Shawn worked with Cory Anderson on the turtle project.
Brandon Schneider MS
Biol 2012. Brandon is employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. His thesis was a study of fish colonization
of chevron dikes in the Mississippi River by St. Louis. He found that the dikes greatly increased the
biodiversity of fishes at their location.
Brandon and I thank his committee: Peter Minchin, Paul Brunkow and Tom
Keevin. Tom was the person at the USACE that set Brandon on the project. Brandon is continuing work with the Corps
working on remediation of radioactive sites.