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

Pam smiles for the camera wearing a blue t-shirt with her hair blowing in the wind.
Pamela
Geddes
Associate Chair, Professor, Audrey Reynolds Distinguished Teaching Professor
Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5737
Expertise
Ecology and Environmental Science
Courses Taught
The Changing Natural Environment (BIO 104)
Alien Invasions of Chicago (First Year Experience, BIO 109A)
General Biology II (BIO 202)
Essential Skills for Biologists (BIO 250)
General Ecology (Writing Intensive Program, BIO 305)
Community Ecology (BIO 357)
Biology Senior Seminar (BIO 390)
Conservation Biology (BIO 453)
Restoration Ecology (BIO 455)
Research Interests
My research focuses on the effects of invasive plant species in wetlands. 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. I also combine molecular tools (microsatellite markers) to answer ecological questions, mostly related to the identification of hybridizing invasive plant species. I’m also interested in how ecological communities respond to external disturbances (e.g., invaders, pollutants, urbanization) and habitat restoration.

Keywords: invasive plant species, community ecology, habitat restoration
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

Undergraduate students are underlined

Geddes, P., L. Murphy, Y. Astudillo-Scalia, D. Blasini, S. Nugent, M. J. Rios, A. Schirmer, and J. P. Olfelt. 2021. Microsatellite markers reveal unprecedented high frequencies of hybridization among Typha species in the Midwestern US. Wetlands 41(2021): 1-9.  

Pini, A.K. and P. Geddes. 2020. Fungi are capable of mycoremediation of river water contaminated with E. coli. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 231:83. 

Geddes, P. 2019. The invasion of the cattails. Podcast. In Defense of Plants. http://www.indefenseofplants.com/podcast/2019/4/21/ep-209-invasion-of-the-cattails

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. 

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

(773) 442-5737
Office Hours
Please email p-geddes@neiu.edu to arrange to meet or speak with Dr. Geddes.
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
(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

(773) 442-6053
Office Hours
N/A
Main Campus
Saszik
Shannon
Saszik
Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5839
Expertise
Neuropsychology, Physiological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Animal Research
Courses Taught
Survey of Psychology
Human Perception
Visual Neuroscience
Physiological Psychology
Physiological Lab
Social Neuroscience
Neuropsychology
Research Interests
My research interests focus on examination of the processing of information in the brain through parallel pathways, and ultimately how that processing impacts behavior and choice. Using both studies that examine the bottom up, data signals that are coded by the sensory receptors and top down, knowledge signals that are based on prior experience, projects in the Neuropsychology Lab address questions related to the interaction between these two systems. My long-term goal is to understand the relationship between data and knowledge to determine how the dependence on one over the other can be altered given changes to both internal (physiological) and external (environmental) cues.
Education

M.A. Experimental Psychology

Ph.D. Neuroscience

 

Selected Publications

Saszik, S. M., & Smith, C. M. (2018). The impact of stress on social behavior in adult zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behavioural pharmacology, 29(1), 53–59.

Saszik, S., & DeVries, S. H. (2012). A mammalian retinal bipolar cell uses both graded changes in membrane voltage and all-or-nothing Na+ spikes to encode light. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 32(1), 297–307. 

Bilotta, J., Barnett, J. A., Hancock, L., & Saszik, S. (2004). Ethanol exposure alters zebrafish development: a novel model of fetal alcohol syndrome. Neurotoxicology and teratology, 26(6), 737–743. 

Saszik, S., Alexander, A., Lawrence, T., & Bilotta, J. (2002). APB differentially affects the cone contributions to the zebrafish ERG. Visual neuroscience, 19(4), 521–529. 

Saszik, S. M., Robson, J. G., & Frishman, L. J. (2002). The scotopic threshold response of the dark-adapted electroretinogram of the mouse. The Journal of physiology, 543(Pt 3), 899–916.

 

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

(773) 442-5839
Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
University Center Lake County
Maureen W. Erber
Maureen
W.
Erber
Ph.D.
Professor, Interim Chair
Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
(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, R., & Erber, M.W. (2024). Intimate Relationships: Issues, theories, and research, 4th ed., Routledge.

Erber, R., Erber, M.W., & Poe, J.R. (2004). Mood regulation and decision making: Is irrational exuberance really a problem? In J. Carillo & I. Brocas (Eds.) Psychology and Economics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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, M. W. & Erber, R. (July 2017). Mate Choice Copying in Humans. Poster presented at the 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology. Granada, España.

Erber, M., Rueckert, L., Dykema-Engblade, A., Merchant, C., & Cuevas, L. (2015). Collaborative and active learning strategies promote critical thinking across psychology curriculum. Symposium presented to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Division at the Midwestern Psychological Association 87th Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Room BBH 313 C
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5843
Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus