Recent Graduates



Sam Nutile, PhD 2016

Research: Understanding how Tenax extractable concentrations relate to exposure risk of benthic invertebrates exposed to hydrophobic organic compounds in aquatic systems




Jennifer Heim, M.S. 2016

B.S. Biology and Environmental Science, Buena Vista University

Research: Are there fitness costs due to the development of pytethroid resistance in the non-target aquatic amphipod, Hyalella azteca?





Katie StrainKatie Strain
MS candidate
BS Biochemistry University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
Research: Fate and transport of the Cry1Ab protein from bacillus thuringiensis corn in an agricultural field and aquatic mesocosms.



Megan Archer
MS candidate
BS Chemistry, 2013, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Research: Bioavailability and distribution of PCB’s in Campus Lake


Jordan ThorngrenJordan Thorngren
MS candidate
BS Chemistry, 2012, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Research: Fate and transport of atrazine and sulfentrazone in an agricultural field


Undergraduate Worker



Sara Muetig, PhD 2014

Research: Fate, transport, and mixture toxicity of transgenic Bacilus thuringiensis corn (Zea mays) and associated insecticides clothianidin and tefluthrin

Environmental Scientist ABC Labs




Jeff Hillis, MS 2013

Research: Are male Bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) experiencing altered reproductive output due to exposure to chlorinated hydrocarbons?

Missouri Department of Natural Resources


Curtis Crouse, MS 2013

Research: Use of alternative lipid sources and finishing feeds to improve nutritional value and safety of aquaculture products.

Unicorn Lake Hatchery, operated by the Maryland DNR


Amanda Harwood, PhD 2012

Research: What is the best chemical approach to estimate the bioavailability of sediment associated insecticides to aquatic invertebrates?

Assistant Professor, Benedictine University, Springfield, Il




Yuping Ding, PhD 2012

Research: Predicting bioavailability and toxicity of hydrophobic pesticides in sediments using bioassays and the matrix-SPME approach

Research Scientist, Illinois Department of Public Health


Amanda Rothert, MS 2010

Research: Bioavailability of slower desorbing fractions of sediment-associated permethrin

Researcher II, Southern Illinois University


Andrew Trimble, PhD 2009

Reasearch: Fate and effects of pesticide mixtures to the aquatic amphipod, Hyalella azteca



Tyler Mehler, MS 2009

Research: Identification of the sources of sediment-associated toxicity in the Illinois River using a whole-sediment TIE approach

Gradient Environmental Consulting, Cambridge, MA