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.

Click here to view previous semester's seminar schedules.

Our Next Seminar:


Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 4:00 pm - Room CP 350

Illicit Drugs and the Environment

Lee Moores,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Program

New methods have recently been developed for LC/MS/MS experiments that allow for evaluation of drug residues to be tested in waste water treatment plants (WWTPs). Effluents from the WWTP are being used to determine the efficiency of removal processes. With pharmacokinetic data already being abundant for many illicit drugs, influents can be used to estimate drug usage patterns on a community wide scale. A growing body of literature has continued to elucidate new pathways for introduction, and degradation of illicit drugs as they make their way into water ways around the world.

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This Semester's Seminar Schedule:

Perdue Tuesday, 7 January, 2014
Dr. Michael Perdue,
Director Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program

"Introduction to the Seminar Series"

Tuesday, 14 January, 2014
Jesse Becker,
Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program

"Landscape-level Influences on Community Composition and Ecosystem Function in a Large River System"


Tuesday, 21 January, 2014
Dr. Alan Stone,
John Hopkins University 

"Redox Reactions between Metal Species and Organics During Drinking Water Treatment and Conveyance:  Unintended Consequences"


Tuesday, 28 January, 2014
Dr. Mahamud Subir,
Ball State University

“Nonlinear Spectroscopy in Probing Surface Chemistry: From Fundamentals to Environmental Applications”


Tuesday, 4 February, 2014
Jamie Lau,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Program

"Comparing Five Macroinvertebrate Indices of Integrity: Are We Meeting National Water Quality Monitoring Intent?"
Shamus Driver Portrait

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014
Shamus Driver,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Program

"A Comparison of The Acid-Base Chemistry of Dissolved Organic Matter Derived from Vascular Plants and Microbial Communities"


Tuesday, 18 February, 2014
Jason Doll,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Program

"Walleye Recruitment in Monroe Reservoir: Does Stocking Abundance Influence Recruitment to Harvestable Size?"

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014
Jee Hwan Lee,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Program

"The Toxicity and Effects of Carbamazepine on Yellow Perch (Perca Flavescens) Growth and Behavior"

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014

No Seminar


Tuesday, 11 March, 2014

Spring Break - No Seminar


Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
Dr. Kevin Wyatt,
Ball State University

"Breaking Bad: The Importance of Algae for Heterotrophic Metabolism in a Rapidly Changing Environment"

Tuesday, 25 March, 2014
Devinder Kaur,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Program

“Computational Studies of Hydroxyl Radical Addition to Aromatics in Presence of Solvents”

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
Dr. Steve Klaine,
Clemson University

"Nanotechnology: Challenges of the Next Technological Revolution"


Tuesday, 8 April, 2014

No Seminar

Aneesha Balakrishnan

Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
Aneesha Balakrishnan,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Program

"A Study on the Geochemistry of Abandoned Mine Drainage in Mahanoy Creek Watershed, Pennsylvania"


Tuesday, 22 April, 2014
Lee Moores,
Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Program

"Illicit Drugs and the Environment"

  Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

No Seminar