The Environmental Science office is located on the Main Campus in Bernard Brommel Hall, room 217E. 

(773) 442-6050
Photo: Paulo Acioli
Paulo
H
Acioli
Ph.D.
Chair
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-4733
Expertise
Atomic and molecular, condensed matter and cluster physics.
Courses Taught
University Physics I
Research Interests
Dr. Acioli's research interests are in the areas of theoretical (computational) condensed matter, atomic and molecular, and cluster physics. In particular I am interested in the study of electronic correlation in many-electron systems, the study of vibrations and rotations of molecules and the understanding of the electronic and magnetic properties of small systems such as nano-clusters. These investigations are done using ab-initio density functional theory and quantum Monte Carlo methods.
Education

Ph.D. (physics), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1995

M.Sc. (physics), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1991.

Masters in Physics, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brasil, 1988.

Selected Publications

1. Paulo H. Acioli, and Sudha Srinivas, "Silver and Gold Mediated Nucleobase Bonding", Journal of Molecular Modeling 20, 2391 (2014).

2. Paulo H. Acioli, and Sudha Srinivas, "Experiential Learning of Classical Mechanic Through Molecular Dynamics", in Proceedings of the World Conference in Physics Education 2012, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014, pp. 379-390.

3. Paulo H. Acioli, Steve Burkland, and Sudha Srinivas, "An Exploration of the Potential Energy Surface of the seven atom silver cluster and the carbon monoxide ligand", Eur. Phys. J. D 66, 215 (2012)

4. A. M. Maniero, Paulo H. Acioli, G. M. e Silva, and R. Gargano, "Theoretical Calculation of a new potential energy surface for the H + Li2 Reaction" Chem. Phys. Lett. 490(4-6), 123 (2010)

5. Paulo H. Acioli, N. Ratanavade, M. R. Cline, and Sudha Srinivas, "Density functional Theory study of Ag-Cluster/CO Interactions", in ICCS 2009, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5545, G. Allen et al., Eds., Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heildelberg, 2009, pp. 203-210.

BBH 217
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
United States

Phone
(773) 442-4733
Office Hours
Dr. Acioli is currently on educational leave.
Main Campus
Photo: Greg Anderson
Gregory
W
Anderson
Ph.D.
Advisor
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5753
Expertise
Particle Physics & Cosmology, the Physics of paddle sports.
Courses Taught
Astronomy, Electricity & Magnetism
Research Interests
The physics of paddle sports, the three-body problem, supersymmetry, grand unification.
Education

Ph.D. (physics), University of California, Berkeley

M.A. (physics), University of California, Berkeley

B.S. (physics), University of Iowa

Selected Publications

Phase space reconstructio in the restricted three-body problem. Marian Gidea, Frederick Deppe and  Gregory Anderson.
New trends in  Astrodynamics and Applications III. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 886, pp. 139-152 (2007).

E6 Unification Model Building III: Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients in E6 tensor products of the 27 with higher dimensional representations., with T. Blazek,  J. Math. Phys.  46:013506 (2005)

E6 Unification Model Building II: Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients of 78x78bar, with T. Blazek,  J. Math. Phys. 41:8170-9129 (2000).

5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL, IL 60625-4699
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5753
Office Hours
Off campus for the summer
Main Campus
Pamela Geddes smiles into the camera in front of a plain background.
Pamela
Geddes
Associate Chair and Associate Professor
Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5737
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
Ecology and Environmental Science
Education

Ph.D., Ecology, University of Chicago                                           

Post-doc., Ecology, Loyola University Chicago     

M.S., Biology, Florida International University     

B.S., Biology, Florida International University                                      

A.A., Biology, Miami-Dade Community College

Selected Publications

Volesky, L.A., S. Iqbal, J.J. Kelly, and P. Geddes. 2018. Relationships of native and exotic Phragmites australis to wetland ecosystem properties. Wetlands 38(3):577-589. DOI 10.1007/s13157-018-1001-1.

Geddes, P. 2015. Experimental evidence that subsidy quality affects the stability of recipient planktonic communities. Aquatic Sciences 77(4):609-621.

Geddes, P., T. Grancharova, J. J. Kelly, D. Treering, and N. C. Tuchman. 2014. Effects of invasive Typha x glauca on wetland ecosystem properties are influenced by time since invasion. Aquatic Ecology 48:247-258.

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 76:483-495.

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.

Additional Information

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 communities. Under theme No. 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 No. 2, I’m interested in: a) how communities respond to external disturbances (e.g., invaders, pollutants, urbanization), and b) how aquatic communities are fueled, either via primary production, detritus, or external inputs (i.e., spatial subsidies).

BBH 340H
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5737
Office Hours
Please email p-geddes@neiu.edu to arrange to meet or speak with Dr. Geddes.
Main Campus
Jean Hemzacek
Jean
M.
Hemzacek
Senior Instructor
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 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-6056
Office Hours
See website: http://homepages.neiu.edu/~jmhemzac/homepage.htm
Main Campus
Dr. John Kasmer smiles into the camera while standing in front of a book case.
John
M.
Kasmer
Associate Professor
Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5717
Expertise
Ecology
Courses Taught
Introduction to Biology (BIO100)
Changing Natural Environment (BIO104)
FYE: Alien Invasions of Chicago (BIO109A)
Essential Skills for Biologists (BIO 150)
General Biology I (BIO 201)
General Biology II (BIO 202)
General Genetics (BIO 303)
WIP:General Ecology (BIO 305)
Plant Ecology (BIO 350)
Ecological Methods (BIO 359)
Biological Literature (BIO 405)
Spreadsheet Modeling in Ecology and Evolution (BIO 411)
Foundations of Animal Behavior (BIO 415)
Foundations of Ecology (BIO 450)
Patterns in Species Diversity (BIO 451)
Conservation Biology (BIO 453)
Restoration Ecology (BIO 455)
Bio-environmental Analysis (BIO 456)
Current Topics in Ecology and Evolution (BIO 457)
Ecology and Identification of Woody Plants
Honors Introduction to the Sciences (ZHON 194)
Research Interests
Plant ecology, ecology of woody plants, invasion ecology, population ecology
Education

Ph.D., Ecology, University of Michigan

M.S., Botany (Field Naturalist Program), University of Vermont

B.S., Biology, College of William & Mary

BBH 358F
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5717
Office Hours
Please email j-kasmer@neiu.edu to arrange to meet or speak with Dr. Kasmer.
Main Campus
ken nicholson
Ken
Nicholson
PhD
Undergraduate Advisor
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5691
Courses Taught
CHEM 211
CHEM 212
CHEM 213
CHEM 311
CHEM 319
CHEM 320
CHEM 330
Research Interests
Environmental Chemistry & Surface Analytical Chemistry; My research interests lie in using scanning probe microscopy to investigate the environmental response characteristics of a class of red-light photoreceptors, specifically bacteriophytochromes. The SPM will be used to determine if there is a connection between the molecular structure of the photoreceptor and the magnitude of its fluorescence emission quantum yield. Both wild-type and engineered fluorescent mutants will be examined. I am also interested in identifying and quantifying petroleum based pollutants and additives in natural water systems, the transport of these pollutants from their source(s), and potential methods of remediation. This project involves field work, on-site analysis, and laboratory experiments, particularly chromatography.
Education

University of Michigan| PhD-Chemistry

Selected Publications

Sorenson, BA; Westcott, DJ; Sakols AC; Thomas, JS; Anderson, P; Stojkovic EA; Tsonchev, S; Nicholson, KT, “Domain Structure of a Unique Bacterial Red Light Photoreceptor as Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy”, MRS Proceedings, Vol. 1652, 2014, DOI: 10.1557/opl.2014.259.Ken Nicholson is the corresponding author

Marie E. Kroeger, Blaire A. Sorenson, J. Santoro Thomas, Emina A. Stojkovic, Stefan Tsonchev, and Kenneth T. Nicholson, “Atomic Force Microscopy of Red-Light Photoreceptors Using Peak-Force Quantitative Nanomechanical Property Mapping,” J. Vis. Exp., in press.

Ken Nicholson is the corresponding author and was invited to submit this publication by the editor at the Materials Research Society Fall National Meeting.

F. G. Tobias, A. Gawedzka, M. S. Goldmeier, A. C. Sakols, E. A. Stojkovic, S. Tsonchev, and K.T. Nicholson, “Scanning Probe Microscopy of Bacterial Red-Light Photoreceptors”, Online Proceedings of the Materials Research Society, 2012, Vol. 1465, DOI: 10.1557/opl.2012.1006.

White, M. L., Reggie, S., Naguib, N., Nicholson, K., Gilliland, J., Walters, A., “The Preparation of World-Class Single Crystal Silicon Carbide Wafers Using High Rate Chemical Mechanical Planarization Slurries”, Materials Research Science Forum Vols., 2009, 600-603, 839-842.

Nicholson, K. T., Minton, T. K., Sibener, S. J., “Spatially Anisotropic Etching of Graphite by Hyperthermal Atomic Oxygen ” J. Phys. Chem. B., 2005, 109, 8476. (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/jp045960c)

Selected Exhibitions

Recent PRESENTATIONS:

Ken Nicholson, “Domain Structure of a Unique Red-Light Photoreceptor as Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy” NEIU Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium (November 2013)

Ken Nicholson, “Domain Structure of a Unique Red-Light Photoreceptor as Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy” Materials Research Society Fall National Meeting (Boston, MA, December 2013)

Ken Nicholson, “Domain Structure of a Unique Red-Light Photoreceptor as Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy” NEIU Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium (November 2013)

“Blaire A. Sorenson, Daniel J. Westcott, Sarah A. Vorpahl, Alexandra C. Sakols, Emina A. Stojkovic, Stefan Tsonchev, and Ken T. Nicholson, “Structural Conformations of a Red-Light Photoreceptor Using Atomic Force Microscopy”, NEIU  3nd Annual Faculty Research & Creative Activities Symposium, November 2012

Ken Nicholson, “Domain Structure of a Unique Red-Light Photoreceptor as Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy” Materials Research Society Fall National Meeting (Boston, MA, December 2013)

"Scanning Probe Microscopy of Bacterial Red-Light Photoreceptors" presented by K.T. Nicholson at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, 2012, San Francisco, CA.

"Structural Conformations of a Red-Light Photoreceptor Using Scanning Probe Microscopy", presented by K. T. Nicholson at the NEIU Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium, 2012, Chicago, IL.

BBH-218G
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5691
Office Hours
T R 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. M W 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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
Dr. Voglesonger measures water quality parameters at Gompers Park.
Kenneth
M.
Voglesonger
Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director, Student Center for Science Engagement
Earth Science
Student Center for Science Engagement
College of Arts and Sciences
Other Academic Areas
Phone
(773) 442-6053
Expertise
Aqueous Geochemistry, Geochemistry of Life in Extreme Environments, Environmental Geology
Courses Taught
ESCI 123 Environmental Geology
ESCI 109W Muddy Waters: Chicago's 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