Institute For Environmental Studies


Many thanks to the 200+ attendees of the 2016 Upper Mississippi River Conference - "Raising the grade in the Upper Mississippi River Basin"

Be on the lookout for updates from working sessions on ecosystem health, flood control and risk reduction, and much more in the near future. You can access conference materials and subscribe to Facebook and Twitter feeds at

ES ph.D. group at the 2016 Upper Mississippi River Conference

vector biology graphic Congratulations to Jason Hunt, an Environmental Science Ph.D. student, for his First Place student presentation at the Fifth-Annual Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference held by the University of Iowa.

Jason presented his work on the role the Upper Mississippi River watershed plays on the prevalence of the invasive mosquito, Aedes japonicus.  To learn more about vector biology work being conducted at WIU, click the mosquito target icon.

Many thanks to those who participated in the 2015 Upper Mississippi River Conference and Student Summit!

Thanks to those who contributed to the success of the Upper Mississippi River Conference and the preconference Student Summit cosponsored by the WIU College of Arts & Sciences' Institute for Environmental Studies.

The Youth Summit attracted 112 participants from regional high schools and colleges who gathered to learn about the Mississippi River, environmental initiatives, and the organizations working to maintain the ecological health and economic prosperity of one of the world's largest rivers.

The youth summit and conference were attended by students and faculty from WIU's Geography, Biological Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Sciences programs.  As part of the conference a student poster session featured the research work of 18 undergraduate and graduate students from Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, and Western Illinois University.


New Program, New Facilities

Fall 2014, MOLINE, IL - Students in WIU's new Environmental Science Ph.D. Program now have the opportunity to study and conduct research in brand new facilities located in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River basin. Click here to learn more.

WIU's First Ph.D. Program Approved by IL Board of Higher Education!

3-February 2014, MACOMB, IL - The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission have granted approval to Western Illinois University to establish a Ph.D. program in environmental science. The new degree program, which focuses on large river ecosystem, will be available at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus.  Click here to read more. Prospective Ph.D. students-click here for more specific information about our new program.

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Summary of environmental studies minors, 2013.