Doctorate in Environmental Sciences

Seminar Series

The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program hosts a weekly seminar series during the academic year featuring presentations by individuals (students, faculty and invited guests) discussing their research within the environmental sciences. These presentations are free and open to the public.

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Our Next Seminar:

Becker

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - 4:00 pm - Room CP 350

Riverine Fish Assemblage and Pollution – Making Sense of Complex Patterns at Large Scales

Dr. Jesse Becker,
Ball State University

Understanding long-term and large-scale patterns of assemblage structure and pollutant dynamics are key to managing riverine ecosystems under changing conditions. During my time as a Postdoctoral Researcher at BSU I have been involved in multiple projects related to this theme. 

In work using long-term datasets from the Wabash River, IN, I identified shifts in the fish community and food web structure. Work I completed on the Brazos River, TX, highlighted spatial and seasonal patterns of mercury abundance in the fish assemblage. Finally, I managed a national reconnaissance of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in river systems from across the U.S., involving students from 27 institutions, sampling 42 sites. 

In sum, this work highlights the utility of using large-scale datasets to identify spatial and temporal patterns in ecological data.

Download a flyer (PDF) for this presentation.

This Semester's Seminar Schedule:

Perdue Tuesday, 13 January, 2015
Dr. Michael Perdue,
Director Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program
"Fast Graphically-Inspired Algorithm for Assignment of Chemical Formulae in Ultrahigh Resolution Mass Spectrometry"

Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
Dr. Michael Perdue,
and
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidates
"Environmental Science Seminar Series Roundtable Discussion"

Shamus Driver Portrait

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015
Shamus Driver
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

"Electrodialysis Application in the Isolation of Natural Organic Matter"

Mark Pyron

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015
Dr. Mark Pyron
Ball State University

"Regime Change in a Large River" 


Tuesday, 10 February, 2015
Dr. Michael Perdue,
and
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidates

"Environmental Science Seminar Series Roundtable Discussion"

Khameiss

Tuesday, 17 February, 2015
Belkasim Khameiss
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

"Paleoecology and Age Dating of Middle Tertiary Reefs in Northeastern Libya"

Shields

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015
Robert Shields
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

"Age, Growth, and Prey of Freshwater Drum (Aplodinotus grunniens) in the Lower Missouri River"


Tuesday, 3 March, 2015

Spring Break - No Seminar

Lazorchak

Tuesday, 10 March, 2015
Dr. James Lazorchak
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"What are Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs)?
How can CECs be Detected Using Biological Based Methods or Approaches?"

Rober 

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015
Dr. Allison Rober
Ball State University

"Introduction to Scientific Teaching"

Slide materials from Dr. Rober's presentation


Tuesday, 24 March, 2015

No Seminar


Tuesday, 31 March, 2015

Environmental Science Ph.D. Student Symposium

Engel 

Tuesday, 7 April, 2015
Dr. Annette Engel
University of Tennesee

"Microbial Carbon Cycling across Differing Hydrological Regimes in Karst, from Caves Streams to Deep Aquifers"

 

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

Fall 2015 Environmental Science Seminar Series Planning Session

Becker

Tuesday, 21 April, 2015
Dr. Jesse Becker
Ball State University

"Riverine Fish Assemblage and Pollution – Making Sense of Complex Patterns at Large Scales"