Institute For Environmental Studies

Prospective Ph.D. Students

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Where we work ...

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An example of what we do ...

Learn about our new water level sensor systems which were provided by the Moline Conservation Club.  These systems are solar-powered and are controlled via a 4G cell signal.  This allows us to monitor water levels and the microclimate in the vicinity of the sensors on a 24-7 basis!

Installing the senors -

Water level monitoring - 5 inches of rain over 24 hours -

Latest News

A new paper - Assessing the Westward Diversion of Mississippi River Water to Refill Lake Powell and Mead

Learn more about a recently revived proposal to divert water from the Mississippi River to help meet the water needs of the Lower Colorado River Basin.  Read more at

Please also see the two-part companion web story:

Recent Grad Wins Top Honor at 2022 Upper Mississippi River Conference

Claire Helmke's work on the integration of bathymetric measurement into remediation planning at Carp Lake in Davenport, IA, took top honors at the 2022 Upper Mississippi River Conference Student Research Competition.  Claire recently completed her MS in Biological Sciences.

A new paper published by IES authors in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

July 2022.  Dr. Anshu Singh and Prof. Viadero published a new paper on trace metal contamination from an iron slag pile.  You can read and download it at

Dr. Anshu Singh recognized by the Quad City Engineering and Science Council

Photo of Dr, Anshu SinghMarch 2022.  Dr. Anshu Singh, a 2020 graduate of the Environmental Science Ph.D. program, was recently recognized by the QCESC as the 2022 Senior Scientist of the Year. Dr. Singh is Chief of Environmental Services and Co-Founder of Riverside Global in Hampton, IL.  Learn more at

Media Coverage

WIU Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate discusses Upper Mississippi River flooding and mosquito populations on WQAD 

WIU Environmental Science Team discusses recent flooding on WQAD 

Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidates appear on WQAD to discuss mosquito populations 

Ph.D. Candidate, Terri Tobias, talks about scientific communication and public engagement on Tri-States Public Radio 

Learn more about what we do in the IES News Archive