Contact Information

Location 

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Ill. 60625-4699

Primary contact

Dr. Pam Geddes

Email: ace@neiu.edu

 


Staff

Professor Geddes
Pamela
Geddes
Ph.D.
Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5737
Expertise
Ecology/Environmental Science
Courses Taught
The Changing Natural Environment (BIO 104)
Alien Invasions of Chicago (First Year Experience BIO 109A)
Essential Skills for Biologists (BIO 150)
General Biology II (BIO 202)
General Ecology (Writing Intensive Program BIO 305)
Biology Senior Seminar (Capstone BIO 390)
Independent Research in Biology (BIO 392, BIO 393)
Community Ecology (BIO 357*)
Conservation Biology (BIO 453)
Restoration Ecology (BIO 455)
Independent Investigations (BIO 481X)
Research Interests
My research interests focus on two broader themes: 1) Invasive plant species and the mechanisms that underlie successful invasions in wetlands, and 2) Ecological interactions in freshwater aquatic communities. Under theme #1, I’m interested in how plant invasive species’ traits (such as rapid growth, large biomass, large litter deposition, and even genotype) trigger a cascade of effects that span from their interaction with co-occurring native species all the way up to ecosystem-level processes. Within this topic, I am exploring two important wetland plant invaders: cattails (Typha spp.) and common reed (Phragmites spp.). I also combine molecular tools (microsatellite markers) to answer ecological questions, mostly related to the identification of hybridizing invasive plant species. Under theme #2, I’m interested in: a) how aquatic communities are fueled, either via primary production, detritus, or external inputs (i.e., spatial subsidies), and b) how emerging contaminants affect those aquatic communities.
Education

Miami-Dade Community College                    Biology                                    A.A. 1994

Florida International University                        Biology                                    B.S. 1996

Florida International University                        Biology                                    M.S. 1999

University of Chicago                                           Ecology                                   Ph.D. 2004

Loyola University Chicago                                  Ecology                                   Post-doc 2004-2009

 

Selected Publications

Geddes, P., T. Grancharova, J. J. Kelly, D. Treering, and N. C. Tuchman. In review. Effects of invasive Typha x glauca on wetland ecosystem properties are influenced by time since invasion. Submitted to Aquatic Ecology.

Lishawa, S.C., K.J. Jankowski, P. Geddes, D.J. Larkin, A.M. Monks, and N.C. Tuchman. 2014. Denitrification in a Laurentian Great Lakes coastal wetland invaded by hybrid cattail (Typha × glauca). Aquatic Sciences DOI 10.1007/s00027-014-0348-5.

Larkin, D. M. Freyman, S. Lishawa, P. Geddes and N.C. Tuchman. 2011. Mechanisms of dominance by the invasive hybrid cattail Typha X glauca. Biological Invasions 14(1):65-77.

Mitchell, M.M, S. Lishawa , P. Geddes, D. Larkin, D. Treering, and N.C. Tuchman. 2011. Time-dependent impacts of cattail invasion in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Wetlands 31:1143-1149.

Geddes, P. 2009. Decoupling carbon effects and UV protection from terrestrial subsidies on pond zooplankton. Hydrobiologia 628:47-66.

Tuchman, N. C., D. Larkin, P. Geddes, R. Wildova, K. Jankowski, and D. E. Goldberg. 2009. Patterns of environmental change associated with Typha x glauca invasion in a Great Lakes coastal wetland. Wetlands 29(3):964-975.

Chick, J. H., Geddes, P. and Trexler, J. C. 2008. Periphyton mat structure mediates trophic interactions in a subtropical marsh. Wetlands 28(2):378-389.

Leibold, M. A. and P. Geddes. 2005. El concepto de nicho en las metacomunidades. Ecología Austral 15:117-129.

Geddes, P. and J. C. Trexler. 2003. Uncoupling of omnivore-mediated positive and negative effects on periphyton mats. Oecologia 136:585-595.

Hermann, P. M., A. C. Curino, and P. Geddes. 2002. Comparative vegetative anatomy of Neosparton darwinii and N. ephedroides (Verbenaceae). Boletín de la Sociedad Argentina de Botánica 36:63-70.

Turner, A. M., Trexler, J. C., Jordan, F., Slack, S. J., Geddes, P., J. H. Chick, and W. F. Loftus. 1999. Targeting ecosystem features for conservation: Standing crops in the Florida Everglades. Conservation Biology 13:898-911.

 

Additional Information

Undergraduate Mentor:

Sarah Whidden (Fall 2013 – present), Luis Allende (Fall 2013 – present), Courtney Moran (Summer 2013 – present), Daniel Arrecis (Summer 2013 – present), Michelle Guy (Summer 2013 – present), Tracia Spence (Summer 2013), Dayvis Blasini (Spring 2012 – Fall 2013), María Jazmín Ríos (Summer 2012 – Fall 2013), Nancy Salgado (Summer 2013), Chris Sferra (Fall 2012), Christopher Craddock (Summer 2012), Yaiyr Astudillo-Scalia (Spring 2011 – Summer 2012), Jennifer Shaier (Summer 2011), Salina Wunderle (Summer 2011 – Fall 2011), Jeny Semoon (Summer 2010), Sumitra Gurung (Summer 2010), JJ Mulliken (Summer 2010), Kristen Veldman (Summer 2010), Steve Ryan (Summer 2010), Matthew Deisinger (Summer 2010).

 

Thesis Advisor or Committee Member:

Paul Hartzog, Northwestern University / Chicago Botanic Garden (PhD Committee Member, current)

Andrea Erber, Northeastern Illinois University (Master’s Research Thesis Advisor; defended Spring 2013)

Lisa Volesky, Northeastern Illinois University (Master’s Research Thesis Advisor; defended Fall 2012)

Justin Chappelle, Northeastern Illinois University, Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies (Master’s Research Thesis Committee Member; defended Fall 2012)

Mark Mitchell, Loyola University Chicago (Master’s Research Thesis Committee Member; defended Fall 2010)

Sara Rose, Northeastern Illinois University (Master’s Research Thesis Committee Member; defended Fall 2009)

BBH 340H
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5737
Office Hours
M 2:00-3:00 p.m. T 5:30-6:30 p.m. W 2:00-4:00 p.m. and by appointment
Main Campus
Laura Sanders
Laura
L.
Sanders
Ph.D.
Professor of Earth Science
Earth Science
First Year Experience
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
773-442-6051
Expertise
Environmental hydrology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, geoscience pedagogy, aqueous geochemistry.
Courses Taught
Principles of Hydrogeology
Environmental Hydrology
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
Muddy Waters: Chicago's Environmental Geology
Introduction to Earth Science
Aqueous Geochemistry
Field Hydrogeology
Chicago Rocks! Geology in the City
Research Interests
Hydrology, with emphasis on hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry, and environmental geology. Surface water-ground water interactions, effects of urbanization on streams, wellhead protection area delineation, ground water modeling, and geoscience pedagogy. Supervised 22 M.S. theses and 13 undergraduate research projects.
Education

Ph.D. in Applied Geology, Kent State University

B.S. in Geology, Allegheny College

5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
773-442-6051
Office Hours
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Main Campus
Jean Hemzacek
Jean
M.
Hemzacek
Instructor of Earth Science
Earth Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-6056
Courses Taught
ESCI 121 Introduction to Earth Science
ESCI 123 Environmental Geology
ESCI 306 Rocks & Minerals
ESCI 310 Geology of the Chicago Region
ESCI 311 Mineralogy
ESCI 315 Glacial Geology
ESCI 319 Petrology
ESCI 329 Soil Science
ESCI 411 Clay Mineralogy
ESCI 109 Chicago Rocks! Geology in the City
Research Interests
Applied Clay Mineralogy, Soil Science, Glacial Geology, Forensic Geology
Education

(Ph.D., ABD, Indiana University)

M.S. Geology/Geochemistry, Northern Illinois University
B.S. Geology, Northern Illinois University

BBH 225F
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-6056
Office Hours
See website: http://homepages.neiu.edu/~jmhemzac/homepage.htm
Main Campus
Dr. Voglesonger measures water quality parameters at Gompers Park.
Kenneth
M.
Voglesonger
Ph.D.
Department Coordinator
Earth Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
773-442-6053
Expertise
Aqueous Geochemistry, Geochemistry of Life in Extreme Environments, Environmental Geology
Courses Taught
ESCI 109W Muddy Waters: Chicago's Environmental Geology
ESCI 123 Environmental Geology
ESCI 207 Global Climate and Weather
ESCI 306 Rocks and Minerals
ESCI 311 Mineralogy
ESCI 327 Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry
ZHON 194 Honors Introduction to the Sciences
Research Interests
Aqueous Geochemistry, Geochemistry of Life in Extreme Environments, Environmental Geology
Education

Ph.D. Arizona State University

B.S. State University of New York at Stony Brook

BBH-225E
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
773-442-6053
Office Hours
N/A
Main Campus
Shannon Saszik
Shannon
Saszik
Associate Professor
Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5839
Expertise
Neuropsychology
Courses Taught
Survey of Psychology
Human Perception
Visual Neuroscience
Physiological Psychology
Physiological Lab
Research Interests
My research interests focus on examination of the processing of visual stimuli through parallel pathways in the retina, and ultimately how that processing relates to perception. At the first synapse in the retina, visual information is segregated into parallel streams. Each photoreceptor contacts a unique complement of bipolar cells, of which there are ten to twelve different types depending on the species. My long-term goal is to understand the relationship between specific visual pathways in the retina and the distinct types of retinal neurons involved in the various circuits, and then ultimately how these circuits impact outcome visual behaviors.
Education

PhD

Bernard Brommel Hall 307 B
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5839
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Main Campus
University Center Lake County
Maureen Erber
Maureen
W.
Erber
Dr.
Professor
Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5843
Expertise
Social Psychology
Courses Taught
Survey of Psychology
First year Experience: Psychology
General Psychology
Social Psychology
Social Psychology Lab
Theories of Intimate Relationships
Research Interests
Trust and Fairness, Intimate Relationships, Stereotype application, and Counterfactual thinking about death
Education

M.A. and Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

B.A. University of Hawaii

Selected Publications

Erber, M.W. & Erber, R.  (2001). The role of motivated social cognition in the regulation of affective states.  In J.P. Forgas, Handbook of Affect and Social Cognition.  Mahwah, N.J.:  Erlbaum.

Erber, R. & Erber, M.W.  (2010).  Intimate Relationships:  Issues, theories, and research, 2nd ed.  Boston:  Allyn & Bacon.

BBH 313 C
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5843
Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday 2-3:30 p.m. Friday noon-1 p.m. and by appointment
Main Campus