Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Our People

Nancy Tuchman, PhD

Title/s:  Founding Dean, School of Environmental Sustainability

Specialty Area: Biology, Aquatic Ecosystem Function, Global Climate Change, Invasive Species, Human Impacts

Office #:  BVM Hall 307

Phone: 773.508.2475


CV Link: Tuchman CV March 2017


Dean Tuchman's vision for SES is to raise public awareness of the unsustainable consumption of Earth’s natural resources with the goal of transforming behavior, developing policy, and inspiring and preparing next generation of science-based environmental leaders. To that end, SES engages students, faculty, staff and administrators in activities designed to lower our campus consumption of energy and natural resources, and reduce our waste production. Under Tuchman’s direction, SES has developed several flagship programs including producing biodiesel which converts waste vegetable oil into fuel and uses it in our intercampus shuttle buses; using waste glycerin to produce soap which is being sold in our campus stores; and growing food organically at our 4-acre student run farm and on our urban campus gardens.

Tuchman’s research focuses on human impacts on aquatic ecosystem structure and function. Her work has spanned from investigating the effects of greenhouse gases on stream ecosystem food webs, to the impacts of invasive plant and animal species on Great Lakes coastal ecosystems, to the effects of emerging contaminants such as plasticizers (Bisphenol-A), and pharmaceuticals (e.g. antibiotics and endocrine disruptors) on streams and lakes. Working with students in research is one of the most rewarding aspects of Tuchman’s career. Throughout her 25-year career at Loyola, she has mentored or co-mentored 74 undergraduate students in individual research projects, and 34 graduate students.


  • PhD Aquatic Ecology, 1988. University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Dissertation title: Effects of different intensities and frequencies of disturbance by snail herbivory on periphyton succession. Advisor: Dr. R. Jan Stevenson (now at Michigan State Univ.).
  • MS Aquatic Ecology, 1983. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Thesis title: Effects of agricultural land use on leaf litter processing rates in central Michigan streams. Advisor: Dr. Robert H. King.
  • BS Biology with Ecology emphasis, 1980 (cum laude). Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Lawrence B.A., Lishawa S.C., Hurst N., Castillo B.T., Tuchman N.C. 2017. Wetland invasion by Typha x glauca increases soil methane emissions. Aquatic Botany. 137 (1): 80-87.
  • Lawrence B.A., Bourke K., Lishawa S.C., Tuchman N.C. 2016. Typha invasion associated with reduced aquatic macroinvertebrate abundance in northern Lake Huron coastal wetlands. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42 (6): 1412-1419.
  • Lawrence B.A., Lishawa S.C., Rodriguez Y., Tuchman N.C. 2016. Herbicide management of invasive cattail (Typha × glauca) increases porewater nutrient concentrations. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 24 (4): 457-467.

For a complete list of publications, grants and awards, see Dean Tuchman's CV.