Institute For Environmental Studies

Roger C. Viadero, Ph.D.

Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM), American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists,  specialization in hazardous waste management and site remediation

Certified Senior Ecologist (CSE), Ecological Society of America 

Director, Institute for Environmental Studies
Chair, Environmental Science Ph.D. Program
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

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About Me

At WIU, I direct the Institute for Environmental Studies (IES) and am Chair 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 endpoints. 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.

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

Interested in what we do in class?  See the video for highlights of ENVR 675 Fieldwork, Spring 2018.

Recent Publications

Kang, R., Chacko, E., Kaur, D., and R. Viadero.  “Silting Patterns in the Reservoirs of Small- and Medium-Sized Earthen Check Dams in Humid Subtropical Monsoon Regions,” Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, in press, manuscript number ESP-17-0303.

I have three invited chapters that will appear in 2019 in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology, and Society, edited by Dr. Patricia Maurice, and published by John Wiley & Sons.

“The Geochemistry of Acid Mine Drainage,” manuscript number WSTS-0133

“Water Quality Factors Affecting Fish Growth and Production,” manuscript number WSTS-0119.

“Principles of Gas Solubility in Water: Henry’s Law,” manuscript number WSTS-0096.

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 Ecologyunder 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.

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Curriculum vitae

 Roger Viadero's curriculum vitae

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I spend time at both WIU campuses and in the field, so the best way to get in touch with me is via email at Otherwise, my mailing addresses on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses are:

Western Illinois University
Institute for Environmental Studies, Tillman Hall 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