Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Aquatic Ecology Research

Strong faculty leadership on aquatic ecology and regional water issues includes research on area waterways, Lake Michigan and public health impacts of water quality. The Departments of Biology and Environmental Science house faculty research projects investigating various issues relevant to local and global hydrologic systems. Undergraduate and graduate student research collaborations and fellowships introduce the experience of theoretical and applied research.

  • Martin Berg, Aquatic Ecologist, Biology Dept. currently is investigating Great Lakes food webs and energy flow
  • Tham Hoang, Ecotoxicologist, Center for Urban Environmental Research & Policy (CUERP) researches the influence of chemical and physical characteristics of water, sediments and soils on the bioavailability and toxicity of contaminants to aquatic organisms
  • Timothy Hoellein, Aquatic Ecologist, Biology Dept. researches the effects of 1) restoration strategies and 2) seasonal change on ecosystem processes in aquatic environments.
  • Christopher Peterson, Aquatic Ecologist, Environmental Science Dept., focuses his research on understanding how the structure, dynamics, and function of attached microalgal vary with spatial and temporal change in chemical, physical, and biological attributes of the environment.
  • Nancy Tuchman, Aquatic Ecologist, Vice Provost researches impacts to Great Lakes ecosystems as a result of human activity resulting in invasive species dominance, emerging contaminants on streams and lakes, and most recently, the exploration and development of environmentally and economically sustainable restoration options.
  • Reuben P. Keller, Aquatic Ecologist, Environmental Science Dept., research explores the links and feedbacks among global environmental change, human economic systems, and human behavior.  Presently working on a project that aims to develop tools for predicting the identity of likely future invasive species in the Great Lakes.

Read more about the current research efforts at IES.