Faculty Research


The faculty of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management are actively conducting research within a variety of environmental fields, from air, soil, water, wetlands, hazardous wastes, to park management and environmental interpretation.

  • Dr. Amy Gregg's research projects are in local park planning, environmental programming, and human dimensions of resource management.
  • Dr. John Pichtel's current work is investigating the decomposition of oily hydrocarbons in soil as affected by microorganisms and addressing uptake of heavy metals (lead, cadmium, cobalt) by green plants.
  • Dr. Joshua Gruver’s current work is in sociocultural, economic, and biophysical dimensions that inform the human-natural resources dynamic. This includes recent work on a local food hub model.
  • Dr. Jessi Haeft’s current work is in soil science and sustainable agriculture, addressing soil health benefits from urban agriculture practices, and the use of cover crops alongside gated tile drainage to reduce excessive nitrogen and phosphorus load.
  • Dr. Bangshuai Han’s current work is investigating water resources and water quality issues along with climate change and human activities.
  • Dr. Bowen Zhang’s research embraces the study of climate change and global warming as affected by humans.”

The department conducts research that explores topics in environmental and natural resources.

All tenure-line faculty members are able to supervise graduate student committees.

Recent graduate student research examples have included the following.

Cesium-137 fallout in Indiana soil
Whitman, Richard Thomas (2017-12-16)

ArcGIS habitat model for the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) in terms of possible development in Madison and Delaware Counties, Indiana
Richardson, Kimberly Bea (2017-12-16)

Microplastic pollution in Indiana's White River : an exploratory study
Hylton, Lindsay L. (2017-12-16)

An exploration of impoverished Belizean female farmers' lived experiences in producing food for their families and communities
Franklin, Courtney L. (2017-12-16)

Discovering a biophilic Seoul
Miguel Andres, Unai (2017-05-06)

A collaborative approach to forest resources management in post-war Liberia
Carlon, Daoda Socrates (2017-05-06)

Facilities and Equipment

In addition to the basic equipment for teaching, research equipment you’ll have access to include:

  • Thermo Scientific TVA-1000 FID/PID Toxic Vapor Analyzer
  • Particle size analyzer
  • Air flow calibrator, dataloggers
  • Automated weather station
  • Liquid fraction collector
  • Perkin Elmer Aanalyst 200 Atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • CEM Microwave Digestion System
  • Scanning UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • Biotek Microplate photometer
  • Total nitrogen analyzers
  • Indoor air quality equipment
  • Thermo Scientific ion chromatograph
  • Stream monitoring equipment
  • Soil sampling and analysis instruments
  • Water quality devices
  • APD 2000 hand-held chemical weapons detector
  • Perkin Elmer Clarus 500 gas chromatograph
  • LOGOS XR200 X-Ray System
  • Campbell/Harris K910G “Buster” Contraband Detector
  • Bioscience BI-2000 Aerobic-Anaerobic Respirometer
  • Waters 20 position Extraction Manifold
  • Eppendorf centrifuge