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WIU Environmental Researchers Certified by Ecological Society of America

August 18, 2020

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL –- Professor Roger Viadero, director of Western Illinois University's Environmental Science Ph.D. program, was recently recertified as a Certified Senior Ecologist (CSE).

Viadero is an aquatic environmental engineer with expertise designing, conducting and leading large-scale environmental assessments that involve stakeholders from a variety of academic, regulatory and nongovernmental organizations. He is also board certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, with a specialty in hazardous waste management and site remediation.

Michele Rehbein, a Ph.D. candidate in Western's ES Ph.D. program, was also recognized as an ESA Certified Ecologist. Rehbein conducts research on the abiotic factors that influence the abundance of disease-carrying mosquitoes in the rural upper Midwest.

"Beyond possessing the highest academic qualifications, Michele is a thoughtful and creative researcher as well as a confident leader among her peers," said Viadero.

Rehbein will defend her dissertation during the fall semester.

The ESA Certification process began in 1981 to identify and recognize individuals with the education, training, and experience needed to ensure that ecological science is considered in environmental policy and decision making at local, regional, national and international levels.

For more information about the program, visit

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