1. Tim Currinder, M.S.
in ENVS 1982. Tim is a scientific equipment salesman with Smith-Kline Beckman
2. Eric Reishus, M.S. in
BIOL,1982 . Eric spent a while in the environmental division of Union Electric
Elzinga, M.S. in BIOL, 1983. Bill
spent a long while with Environmental Science and Engineering in
Herron Reitinger, M.S. in BIOL 1984.
Julie worked for a long time as an environmental manager on the Weldon Spring
Remedial Action Project in St.Charles, Co.
5. Sumitra Chakraverty, M.S. in BIOL, 1982. Sumi
is a housewife and mother in
6. Sue Stumpf, M.S. in ENVS, 198?. Sue is the owner and manager of a cafe in Madison Wisconsin.
7. Jim Lamkin, M.S. in ENVS, 1983. The last word from Jim was that he is in sales with McKesson Chemical
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
9. Mike McElligott, M.S.
in ENVS, 1984. Shortly after graduation, Mike left for
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
Young Dong Choi, M.S. In ENVS, 1984. Young continued his studies after graduation in
Mark Albert Carlson, M.S. in ENVS, 1982. Mark continued his education at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute in
13. 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.
M.S. in BIOL, 1983. Mark worked for a few years at the Weldon Spring Remedial
Action Project in St. Charles Co.,
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
Jose Vallarino, M.S. in ENVS, 1987. Jose is working for an environmental consulting firm
Yangdong Pan, M.S. in BIOL 1998. Pan completed his Ph.D. studies
with Rex Lowe at
Vasudev P. Anand, M.S. ENVS
1988. Anand finished his Ph.D. in toxicology at
M.S. in ENVS, 1988. Mike is employed at
Jamie Pervis, M.S. in ENVS, 1989. Jamie was employed at the Defense Mapping Agency in
James Gastineau. M.S. in ENVS, 1990. James was working in
M.S. in Biol, 1991. Heidi is the president of her own environmental consulting
Eric Ratcliff, M.S. in ENVS, 1993. Eric is a field and laboratory technician with the
Illinois Natural History Survey in
24. Trish Gannon Reilly, B.S. in BIOL. Trish works for the Missouri Department of Conservation
25. 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
Jairus Winfrey, B.S. in BIOL. Jairus is a
Licheng Tseng, MS. in ENVS, 1991. Licheng
Tom Lerzcak, M. S in ENVS, 1991. Tom worked for the Illinois
Natural History rivers lab in
M.S. in ENVS, 1993. Raghu is a computer programmer with General Motors in
Mike Gerbitz, M.S. in Civil Engineering, 1992. Mike is a
consultant in hydrology in
32. 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.
33. 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
M.S. in ENVS, 1993. Julie was employed by the Missouri Department of
Conservation inspecting hazardous waste sites. She lived for a time in
36. P. Satesh Nair, M.S. in ENVS 1993. We don't know where Satesh is.
Nancy Dickens, M.S. in ENVS 1993.
Kris Erickson, M.S. in ENVS 1994. Kris is working at Environmental Science and
Engineering, a consulting firm in
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
Larry Kolesa, M.S. all but thesis in ENVS. Larry is a high school
teacher at the
41. Steve Stumne, M.S. in ENVS, 1995. Steve is employed at the Weldon Spring Remedial Action Project.
M.S. in BIOL, 1995. After graduation Neil moved to
43. Mark Gallyoun, B.S. in BIOL, Date Unknown. Mark is working in North Carolina for the Nature Conservancy.
44. 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 (MRI-microscopy-electronmicroscopy).
1996, M.S. in BIOL. Beth is a law student at
Stacy McCance, M.S. in ENVS, 1995. Stacy is a technician with an
environmental consulting firm in the
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
Eric Danielson, M.S. in ENVS, 1996. Eric works as a biologist with the Weldon Spring
Remedial Action Project in
Rodney Almos, B.S. in Computer Science.1997 Rodney is a
programmer for A.G. Edwards in
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
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
B.S. Biology 1997. Tim did pollen analysis in the lab. He completed some
interesting work on the bogs of the
53. 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
Brian Tutterow, B.S. Biology 1998 - Brian used MAPINFO, a GIS program, to reconstruct
presettlement forests and prairies in
56. Jim Cox, M.S. in ENVS 1998. Jim completed a study of the birds of the SIUE Nature Trail.
57. Mike Delmore. M.S. in ENVS 1998. Mike completed his final paper. He is employed with a firm that provides environmental insurance for corporations
Jil Wright, Biology 1999- Jil is
studied fossil diatom assemblages in
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
60. 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.
61. 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”.
62. 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.
63. 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 specialist.
64. 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”.
65. 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 meteorology.
66. 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 spores.
67. 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 analysis of woodland hollows in the Upper Peninsula
of Michigan. She moved to northern
Mona Callis MS Biology 2001 Mona did
a pollen analysis of a core from Schulz
Bog near Rhinelander,
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
72. Sashi Vissa 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 university. Sashi 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”.
BS Biology 2002.
Jennifer Martin, Biology. Jennifer completed a
study of pollen in a short core from
75. Adam Hayes. BS Biology 2002. Adam did a study of Cougar Lake inorganic carbon.
Brian Vermillion. MS ENSC 2003. Brian did a study of sediment chemistry at
Bala MS ENSC 2003. Indu also worked
with Dr. William Retzlaff. She did a study
of stable isotopes of nitrogen in
78. 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
80. Christina Blackford B.S. Biology 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.
81. 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
Natalie Schneider BS BIOL 2005. Natalie did a study
of condition factors in
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
Jay Munyon BS
BIOL 2006: Jay did a study of stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in
Nick Grant BS
BIOL 2006: Nick came to SIUE with a
strong interest in aquatic entomology.
He did a study of benthic invertebrates in
Steve Ryan BS
BIOL 2006. Steve did a study of stable
isotopes in floodplain vegetation along the
Brandon 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.
Beth 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 grooming business.
90. Phil 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”.
Matt 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.
Laylonda 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)
Jake 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.
Megan 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 lakes.
Sarah Marrs BS
Biol 2010. Worked with Megan McAfee on the
99. Andy Klumpp BS Biol 2011. Andy did a study of the locust groves on the campus
Tim Tripp MS ENVS 2012 Tim studied
lead (Pb) in the tissues of fish from Horseshoe and
Cory Anderson BS
Biol 2012. Cory and Shawn Worthen did
a study of turtles in
Little BS MS Biol 2013 Kayla worked
on stable isotopes of fish bone from Native American middens in the Illinois
River Valley. She tested hypotheses
about environmental change using nitrogen and carbon isotopes. Her thesis title
is: Using Ancient and Modern Fishes to
Track Environmental Change in the Illinois River. We thank Dr. Terry Martin
Stephanie Matthew BS Biol 2013 Stephanie used
Kayla’s samples to see if modern fish from the
Amanda Deardeuff BS Biol
2014 Amanda sampled zooplankton from
ponds at the
Jessica Loethen BS Biol 2014 Jessica worked with Amanda, but Jessica analyzed total phosphorus concentrations in the Watershed ponds. She found that the nutrient levels in the ponds were very high (up to 500 micrograms of P per liter). This is not unexpected because the ponds receive high amounts of storm sewer run-off. (poster)