Institute For Environmental Studies

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Roger C. Viadero, Ph.D., CSE

Director, Institute for Environmental Studies and Environmental Science Ph.D. Program
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America

About Me

At WIU, I direct the Institute for Environmental Studies (IES) and am the administrative head of Western’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Science. I also hold a tenured appointment as a Professor in WIU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

As a broadly trained aquatic environmental engineer and an Ecological Society of America Certified Senior Ecologist, my work bridges the gap between environmental engineering and science.  I’ve accumulated experience designing, conducting, and leading, watershed-scale environmental assessments that involve stakeholders from a variety of academic, regulatory, and nongovernmental organizations.  I focus on using good science to help avoid adversely impacting natural aquatic systems.  When impact avoidance isn’t possible or when issues of historic pollution arise, I use the findings of comprehensive ecosystem studies to set priorities and realistic restoration end points. Due to the scope of these topics, my work typically involves a multidisciplinary team of biologists, engineers, geographers, geologists, and planners, among others.

In addition to my position at Western, I’ve had the great opportunity to serve as President of the Aquacultural Engineering Society (AES) and continue to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Aquacultural Engineering. Most recently, I served as the panel manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Aquaculture Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

Find out more about me on ResearchGate or click here to download my full cv in pdf format. 

Representative Publications

Viadero, R. “Water Quality Factors Affecting Fish Growth and Production,” in Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology, and Society, Patricia Maurice, Ed., John Wiley & Sons Publishing, New York, accepted August 2018, manuscript number WSTS-0119, invited.

Viadero, R. “Principles of Gas Solubility in Water: Henry’s Law,” in Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology, and Society, Patricia Maurice, Ed., John Wiley & Sons Publishing, New York, accepted August 2018, manuscript number WSTS-0096, invited.

Rehbein, M., Hunt, J., Schiebel, R., Viadero, R., and C. Miller-Hunt.  “The Role of Key Abiotic Factors on the Abundance of Culex pipiens and West Nile virus (WNV) Infection Rate in Rural West-Central Illinois,” Journal of Vector Ecology, submitted August 2018, under review (manuscript number JVE-RA-Aug-18-074).

Viadero, R., and R. Fortney. (2015). “Water Quality Assessment and Environmental Impact Minimization for Highway Construction in a Coal-Mined Watershed: the Beaver Creek Drainage,” Southeastern Naturalist, 14 (7), 112-120.

Wei, X., Bhojappa, S., Lin, L. and R. Viadero (2012). “Performance of Nano-Magnetite for Removal of Selenium from Aqueous Solutions,” Environmental Engineering Science, 29 (6), 526-532.

Griffin, Donald (2012). Voices of the Hennepin Canal: Promoters, Politicians, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Roger Viadero, Jr., Editor, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, ISBN: 978-0-9777116-2-8.

Wei, X., Wei, H., and R. Viadero (2011). “Post-Reclamation Water Quality Trends in a Mid-Appalachian Watershed of Abandoned Mine Lands”, Science of the Total Environment, 409 (5), 941-948.

Chen, Y., Viadero, R., Wei, X., Hedrick, L., Welsh, S., Anderson, J., and L. Lin (2008). “Effects of Highway Construction on Stream Water Quality and Macroinvertebrate Conditions in a Mid-Atlantic Highlands Watershed, USA,” Journal of Environmental Quality, 38, 1672-1682.

Recent Courses Taught

ENVR 675, Assessment and Management of Low Order Alluvial Stream Channels

ENVR 750, Integrated Environmental Decision Making

ENVR 730, Environmental Systems

GEOG 510, Environmental Impact Assessment

ENVR 401, Colloquium on Environmental Studies

For more Information

 Otherwise, you can contact me via email at or in Macomb or the Quad Cities at:

Western Illinois University
Institute for Environmental Studies, TH 301
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL, 61455

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
Quad Cities Complex 1215
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
309.762.9481, x62200