Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Grants & Funding

  • Aaron Durnbaugh, Hanh Pham. Loyola University Chicago’s Gallons Saved & Shared Project. Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. (2014–2015). $50,999.
  • Aaron Durnbaugh, Hanh Pham. Loyola University Chicago's Coastal Campus Signage and Lecture Series. Illinois Coastal Management Program (2014–2015). $50,180.
  • Aaron Durnbaugh, Hanh Pham. Compost Collection Network. The Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust (2013–2014). $90,000.
  • Tham C. Hoang. Copper Biotic Ligand Model for Mekong River Watershed: calibration and application outreach. International Copper Association, Ltd.. (2014-2015). $36,412.
  • Tham C. Hoang. Acute and Chronic Toxicity of Lead to Topsmelt (Atherinops affinis). International Lead Zinc Research Organization. (2014-2015). $34,046.
  • Tham C. Hoang (PI). Application of a Biotic Ligand Model developed for copper and tropical water to the Mekong Delta watershed-Phase 2. International Copper Association (2012–2014). $38,043
  • Tham C. Hoang. Copper Bioavailability and Mekong Tropical Biotic Ligand Model: Phase II Development with Sensitive Snail and Technology Transfer to Scientists from Cambodia and Laos. International Copper Association (2013). $63,001.
  • Tham C. Hoang (PI), Chi Lan Do Hong (co-PI). Application of a Biotic Ligand Model developed for copper and tropical water to the Mekong Delta watershed. International Copper Association (2011–2013). $29,150
  • Jing, P., PI, School Indoor Air Quality Assessment and Remediation. Submitted to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, October 2017–February 2018.$1500.
  • Jing, Ping. Development of a Rossby Wave Breaking Index as an Indicator for the National Climate Assessment. National Aeronautics & Space Administration. (March 2016-March 2019).$170,000.
  • Jing, P., PI, Effect of climate change on air quality through modifying weather patterns in the Midwest, submitted to the 2016 Summer Research Stipends of Loyola University Chicago in October 2015. $7,000.
  • Jing, P., PI, NO2 and O3 Trends in the Chicago Area in Response to Emission Controls, submitted to the 2014 Summer Research Stipend of Loyola University Chicago in October 2013. $7,000.
  • Keller, Reuben. Integrating Climate Change Predictions and Aquatic Invasive Species Risk Assessment for the Great Lakes. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources. $98,843.
  • Keller, Reuben. Assessing Current Invasion Risks to the Southern Basin of Lake Michigan and Developing Early Detection and Rapid Response Guidelines to Address Future Risks. Illinois Department of Natural Resources. $112,648.
  • Reuben Keller and Kelly Garbach. Outreach to Address AIS in Illinois: Tracing Outreach Messages. Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a sub-contract through Illinois Natural History Survey (2013–2015). $101,789
  • Kelly Garbach and Reuben Keller. Knowledge Networks to Manage Invasive Species. Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (2013–2015). $101,789.
  • Reuben Keller. Addressing Aquatic Invasive Species in Illinois through Outreach and Planning: Creating a Database of Illinois AIS Occurrences, and Revising the Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan. Illinois Department of Natural Resources, as a sub-contract through Illinois Natural History Survey. (2012–2014). $80,392.


  • Landrum, N. and B.M. Ohsowski. 2015. Content trends in global sustainable business education. Agency: Center for International Business and the Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at LUC. Funding: $6,000.
  • Landrum, Nancy. Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant (energy efficiency and foreclosure research grant), Metroplan, Little Rock AR, 2013. $5,000.
  • Lishawa, Shane. Monks, Andrew.  Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agricultural and Rural Development: Invasive Species Grant Program.  Statewide risk assessment and adaptive management of European frogbit.$386,083 (February 2018)  Shane Lishawa, Jodi Brandt, Eric Clark, Andrew Monks.
  • Lishawa, Shane. Monks, Andrew, Waickman, Zach. Zhu, Zhenwei. Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award. Phase I. Anaerobic digestion for a zero waste urban campus. Grant funds will be used to assess the potential to establish an anaerobic  digester on the Loyola campus and to support undergraduate research experiences.$15,000 (2017) 
  • Lishawa, Shane. United States Department of Agriculture: Michigan Conservation Innovation Grant 2017.  Recycling watershed nutrients by using wetland invasive plants to improve crop soil health and fertility, while reducing downstream nutrient loads. $74,976 (2017, Notice of Award Pending). Douglas R. Pearsall, Shane C. Lishawa, Eric Dunton, Dennis Albert.
  • Lishawa, Shane. Managing nutrients at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge through invasive cattail harvesting. Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network and Friends of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. $5,500.
  • Lishawa, Shane. Novel approaches to European frogbit detection and management. Michigan Department of Natural Resources. $283,510.
  • Lishawa, Shane. Increasing biodiversity and habitat complexity in invaded wetlands. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. $649,695.
  • David Crumrine, Shane Lishawa, Zach Waickman, and Amber White. Developing Biological Systems to Purify Biodiesel Wash Water. United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA): People, Prosperity, and the Planet Phase II Award. (2013–2015). $90,000.
  • Shane Lishawa, Nancy Tuchman, David Treering. A sustainable approach for restoring wetland biodiversity. US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (2010–2014). $449,603.


  • Melstrom, Richard. Independent Risk Analysis for the Straits Pipelines. Section author with Guy Meadows (PI) and others, State of Michigan, 2018. $16,000.
  • Melstrom, Richard. Carrying Capacity of the Illinois River. Co-PI with Fatemeh Soltani (lead investigator), Tracy Boyer and Larry Sanders, Grand River Dam Authority, 2016-2017. $52,000.
  • Melstrom, Richard. Agritourism in Rural America: A Case Study of Oklahoma as a Destination for Tourists from China. Co-PI with Shida Henneberry, Beijing FangNuoJinLong Conference Service Co.,2016-2017. $20,000.
  • Melstrom, Richard. Policy Instruments, Strategic Interactions, and Incentives for Habitat Conservation for Imperiled Species, Co-investigator with Leah Palm-Forster (lead investigator) and Carson Reeling. CBEAR Junior Mini-Grant program, 2016-2017. $9,988.
  • Melstrom, Richard. Economics of the Oklahoma Paddle sh Fishery.  Lead investigator with co-PI Dave Shideler. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, 2016-2017.$5500.
  • Melstrom, Richard. The Economic Impact of Lesser Prairie Chicken Protection in Oklahoma. Lead investigator with co-PI Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, 2015{2017. $69000.
  • Melstrom, Richard. Estimating Lake Amenity Values to Residential Homes on Grand Lake o' the Cherokees, OK,  Co-PI with Tracy Boyer (lead investigator), Dave Shideler and Art Stoecker, Grand River Dam Authority, 2015{2016. $83,000
  • Melstrom, Richard. Estimating Non-Market Value for the Grand River Watershed. Lead investigator with co-PIs Tracy Boyer and Art Stoecker, Grand River Dam Authority, 2015{2016. $150,000.
  • Melstrom, Richard. The Demand for Agritourism in Oklahoma. Lead investigator with co-PI Bailey Norwood, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, 2014{2015. $12000.
  • Melstrom, Richard. Adapting Socio-Ecological Systems to Increased Climate Variability, Collaborator, National Science Foundation, Oklahoma EPSCoR, 2013{2018.


  • Ohsowski, Brian. Loyola Student Fellowships (FA 2015{FA 2018) [Funding: LUROP: $22,000 for 11 students; Carbon Fellowship: $10,000 for 1 student]
  • Ohsowski, Brian. Bon to, M., Keyport, S., Tomaka, C., Bajor, M., and B.M. Ohsowski. 2015. Sullivan rain garden native vegetation restoration proposal. Agency: The Green Initiative Fund at LUC. Funding: $4,640.
  • Landrum, N. and B.M. Ohsowski. 2015. Content trends in global sustainable business education. Agency: Center for International Business and the Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at LUC. Funding: $6,000.
  • Lishawa, S.C., Ohsowski, B.M. and N.C. Tuchman. 2015. Increasing the resilience of Great Lakes coastal wetlands to invasive species through indigenous community researcher collaboration. Agency: Provost's Summer Research Fellowship Program at LUC. Funding: $60,000


  • Tim Hoellein, John Kelly, Chris Peterson, Tham Hoang, Catherine Putonti, and David Treering. The Effects of Spatial and Temporal Variation of Measured Abiotic and Biotic Attributes on Ecosystem Health in the Chicago Area Waterways System: Building the Foundation for Scientific Inquiry. LUC internal grant program “Stimulating Multidisciplinary Research at Loyola’s Lakeside Campuses” (2012–2014). $20,000


  • Schusler, Tania. Project Evaluator, Northern New Mexico Climate Change Corps. University of New Mexico-Taos and New Mexico Highlands University. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Aug 2014-Jul 2018. $32,000.
  • Schusler, Tania. Liebentritt Faculty Development Opportunity for Lecturers. College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago, Jan-Jun 2014. $1,000.
  • Schusler, Tania. Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies Short Course. Social-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Annapolis, MD, Jul 2013. Invited participant. $1,164.


  • Nancy Tuchman. LUREC Summer Internship and Summer Course. Northern Trust Company Charitable Trust. (2014-2015). $75,000.
  • Nancy Tuchman. Chicago Clean Air, Clean Water Analytical Laboratory. U.S. Department of Energy (2012–2014). $486,000.
  • Nancy Tuchman, Lane Vail, Shane Lishawa, Stephen Mitten, and Christopher Peterson. Sustainable urban agricultural education for a food secure and sustainable future: A workshop series. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Higher Education Challenge: Planning Grant (2012–2014). $28,500. Curriculum development seed-grant.