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 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

A new publication in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association by Dr. Michele Rehbein

December 2021.  Dr. Michele Rehbein, a 2020 graduate of the Environmental Science Ph.D. program recently published her work on the first observance of Uranotaenia sapphirina and Aedes japonicus in northern Illinois. Her paper can be read or downloaded at

Environmental students present their work at the 2021 Upper Mississippi River Conference.

October 2021.  Graduate students from WIU's Environmental Science Ph.D. program and the MS program in the Department of Biological Sciences presented their research work at the 2021 UMRC.  Topics ranged from improvements in the management of agricultural tile drain water to the characterization of metals-laden sediment at a lake that's located in the Mississippi River floodplain.

Ph.D. Candidates Defend Dissertations - Drs. Michele Rehbein and Anshu Singh become WIU's first Ph.D. graduates!

November 18, 2020.  Anshu Singh, a candidate in Western's Environmental Science Ph.D. program successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation on the partitioning of trace metals derived from a foundry slag deposit in a Mississippi River floodplain lake.

October 28, 2020.  Michele Rehbein, a candidate in Western's Environmental Science Ph.D. program was the first student to successfully defend her Ph.D. dissertation on "Mosquitoes of Wetland and Low Order Streams in West-Central and North-Central Illinois: Developing Models between Culex Mosquito Abundance Versus Abiotic Factors and Identification of Mosquito Hosts through Genetic Sequencing,"  Read 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 

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