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:


Monday, 6 October 2014 - 4:00 pm - Room CP 350

Exotic Critters of our Great Lakes (and other places): Biological Pollution in Action

Dr. Thomas Lauer,
Ball State University

Exotic species have improved, enhanced, denigrated, destroyed, or most simply, altered many of the native communities found in the world. Movement of these species has been primarily from anthropogenic vectors that promote transport systems that can move species long distances across geographic barriers. Two examples of how exotic species influence native communities are examined in this presentation: The Galapagos Islands and the Great Lakes.

Despite the Galapagos having tight controls on importation of any organisms, close federal over site on all activities occurring on the islands, and a cultural and biological heritage (e.g., Darwin’s voyages) that is unmatched anywhere in the world, exotic species are commonplace and are influencing the many endemic species of the islands.

In the Great Lakes basin, nearly 200 exotic species have been identified. Some of these have been used to restore ecological balance in addition to providing users benefits (e.g., Pacific salmon stocking). Unfortunately, others (e.g., sea lamprey, zebra mussel) have had negative impacts on native species. We show that the alewife, an exotic fish, is negatively influencing population abundances of a popular sport and commercial native fish, the yellow perch, in Lake Michigan.

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This Semester's Seminar Schedule:

Perdue Monday, 18 August, 2014
Dr. Michael Perdue,
Director Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program

"Introduction to the Seminar Series"

Monday, 25 August, 2014
Dr. Andrew Hunt,
US Geological Survey

"Application of Noble Gas Geochemistry to USGS Scientific Investigations"

Monday, 1 September, 2014

Labor Day - No Seminar


Monday, 8 September, 2014
Dr. William Richardson,
US Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

“Quantitative Analysis of Fatty Acids: A Biochemical Tool to Evaluate Food Quality, Source and Animal Health”


Monday, 15 September, 2014
Dr. Randy Bernot,
Ball State University

“Body Snatching Parasites: What Are They and What Are They Doing to Our Aquatic Ecosystems?”

Monday, 22 September, 2014
Dr. Emil Khisamutdinov,
Ball State University

"Enhancing Immunomodulation Effect by Shape Transition Among RNA Triangle, Square, and Pentagon Nanovehicles."


Monday, 29 September, 2014
Dr. Zhihai Li,
Ball State University

“Atomic and Molecular Point of View on Environmental Protection and Surface Corrosion”


Monday, 6 October, 2014
Dr. Thomas Lauer,
Ball State University 

“Exotic Critters of our Great Lakes (and other places): Biological Pollution in Action”


Monday, 13 October, 2014
Dr. Michael Sukop,
Florida International University

"The Enigmatic Biscayne Aquifer"


Monday, 20 October, 2014

Fall Break - No Seminar


Monday, 27 October, 2014
Dr. Lee Florea,
Ball State University

“Rates of Inorganic Carbon Flux and Landscape evolution in the Karst Aquifers of the Appalachian Lowland Plateaus”

Monday, 3 November, 2014
Jason Doll,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program

"History and Management of Walleye (Sander vitreus) in Indiana Reservoirs"


*TUESDAY*, 11 November, 2014

Dr. Eric Roden,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Iron Isotope Fractionation by Microbial Iron Reduction in Modern and Ancient Sediments"


Monday, 17 November, 2014
Lee Moores,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program 

Seminar title pending.


Monday, 24 November, 2014
Nicole Chodkowski,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program 

Seminar title pending.


Monday, 1 December, 2014
Dr. Richard Fluegeman,
Ball State University

Seminar title pending.

  Monday, 8 December, 2014

Ball State University Career Services - Speaker to be determined.

"Resume Creation for the Beginning Scientist"