Roger Bannerman has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for over 25 years. For most of that time he has directed research projects investigating the solutions to problems caused by urban runoff. Some topics addressed by the different studies are: 1) the quality of urban streams, 2) identification of problem pollutants in stormwater, 3) toxicity of stormwater pollutants, 4) effectiveness of different stormwater control practices, 5) sources of stormwater pollutants, 6) selection of cost-effective control practices, and 7) benefits of low impact development. He has applied these results to management plans developed for most urban areas in Wisconsin. This includes the calibration of the urban runoff model called Source Load and Management Model (SLAMM). Recently Roger applied the results of his research projects to the development of Wisconsin’s new administrative rules that regulate stormwater management. Roger’s research projects will continue to be used to increase the effectiveness of Wisconsin’s stormwater management efforts.
Kim Bogenschutz is a native of Minnesota. Kim received a B.A. in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and her M.S. in Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University. She has been the Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) since 2000. She previously worked for the Minnesota DNR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and Parks and Wildlife Diversity for the Iowa DNR. Kim is Co-Chair of the Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) and a member of the Missouri River ANS Work Group, ANS Task Force Asian Carp Work Group, Midwest Invasive Plant Network, Heart of Iowa Cooperative Weed Management Area Steering Committee, American Fisheries Society, and Aquatic Plant Management Society.
Jim Colbert is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and spent much of his childhood in and around Prairie Creek. Jim has a life-long interest in biology and earned his B.S. (Iowa State University), M.S. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) in biological science. He returned to Ames in 1988 as a faculty member in the Department of Botany and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, as well as the Undergraduate Biology Program Coordinator. Jim's interest in rivers and biology education first merged in 1998 with the development of the "Skunk River Navy,” a service-learning opportunity for Iowa State students that focuses on IOWATER monitoring and trash removal from central Iowa rivers and streams. Since November of 2001, Jim has been the Chairperson of the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition and has served in that role since. Jim is an IOWATER Volunteer and has volunteered for Project AWARE for the past three years.
Mike Delaney joined the Peace Corps in 1968 after receiving his B.A. in sociology. He earned an M.A. and taught sociology at Des Moines Area Community College for 34 years. He retired from full-time teaching in 2005 and is now teaching Environmental Sociology on an adjunct basis. He was a founding member of the North Raccoon Watershed Association in 2005. He and his wife Dell have a travel business and have taken groups to China, Japan, Mexico and Ireland. He enjoys fishing, canoeing, prairie restoration and gardening when he is not working on watershed efforts. He maintains the NRWA website www.northraccoon.org.
Alfred P. Dufour is a Senior Research Microbiologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Exposure Research Laboratory. He has served as a microbiologist for the USEPA since its inception in 1970 and before that he was with the U.S. Public Health Service from 1966 to 1970 where he served as a research microbiologist. Dr. Dufour received a B.A. degree in biology and chemistry from Northern Michigan University in 1955 and a Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Rhode Island in 1975. In 1981 he received an MPH degree in epidemiology and environmental health science from Yale University. His main research interests are in public health issues related to water, which includes risk assessments associated with drinking water, recreational water and shellfish harvesting waters, and the development of analytical methods for measuring water quality. His current research involves swimmer behavior, e.g., how much water is swallowed by swimmers during swimming activity, the development of rapid quantitative PCR methods for measuring water quality, and the development of protocols for setting water quality standards and water sampling designs for monitoring water.
Jennifer Graham earned her Ph.D. in limnology from the University of Missouri and recently completed a postdoctoral research position there. For the past seven years, Jennifer’s research has focused on cyanobacterial toxins in the Midwest. She has conducted both regional and single system studies at a variety of spatiotemporal scales. Jennifer is continuing her research with cyanobacterial toxins and taste-and-odor compounds as a limnologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Lawrence, KS.
Nathan Green is a remote sensing specialist for the GeoTREE Center at the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated in 2005 from UNI with a Master’s Degree in Geography. His major areas of research involve using hyperspectral remote sensing for monitoring lake water quality. His thesis, Monitoring Spatial and Temporal Water Quality Changes in Iowa Lakes Using Airborne Hyperspectral Imagery, involved collecting water samples parallel to aerial image collection to produce highly detailed maps of various water quality parameters. He is a member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG).
Bill Jones is a limnologist who teaches and conducts research at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. He teaches courses in limnology, stream ecology, and lake and watershed management. His research focuses on lake assessment and management, and on lake education. Bill is Project Director of the Indiana Clean Lakes Program, a cooperative effort with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Bill is a Past President of the North American Lake Management Society and currently is the Editor of the NALMS magazine LakeLine. He is a Governor-appointed member of the Indiana Lake Management Work Group.
Craig Just is a research engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering at The University of Iowa where he received his Ph.D. in 2001 and is Vice President for Research and Commercial Development at Ecolotree®, Inc. With graduate degrees in environmental science and chemistry, Dr. Just has excelled at the interface of environmental analytical chemistry and applied engineering in support of and leading top-quality research projects in the areas of: phytoremediation of explosives; water quality and sustainable land use; fate determination of contaminants during wastewater treatment; and poverty reduction and community building in developing countries such as Guatemala, Mexico, and Haiti.
Dennis Keeney is emeritus professor of Agronomy and former Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University. He is currently Senior Fellow, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, MN and the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, Univ. of Minnesota, St Paul. He is also active with the Iowa Environmental Council and the Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins University, Thomas Jefferson Agriculture Institute, and Food and Water Watch.
Don Kline was born and raised in Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Fish & Wildlife Biology in 1967. He has worked as a Fisheries Biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the past 40 years. He has been active in the American Fisheries Society serving as President of the Iowa Chapter and Secretary/Treasurer of the North Central Division. His work involves managing the fisheries resources in a ten-county area in southern Iowa. His work includes fisheries surveys, fisheries management, water quality monitoring, fish habitat construction, new lake planning, and watershed management.
Rick Langel is a research geologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He received his M.S. degree in geology from the University of Iowa in 1996. He began working for the DNR in 1998 and joined the Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Section in May 2001. He has worked on a variety of projects, including coordinating watershed-monitoring programs, coordinating the statewide groundwater monitoring program, and managing Iowa’s STORET water quality database.
Rich Leopold became Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in January 2007. Prior to the DNR, Rich was the Executive Director of the Iowa Environmental Council since September of 2003. He has held a variety of biologist, naturalist, and administrative positions within the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Minnesota and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. From 1999-2002, Rich served as the coordinator for IOWATER, Iowa's statewide volunteer water-quality monitoring program. He also helped develop a new citizen advocacy program termed the Iowa Conservation Advocates' and Leaders' Link (I-CALL) for the Iowa Environmental Council. Rich holds an M.S. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University. He obtained his B.S. in biology from Minnesota State University and an associates degree in natural resources technology from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota. Rich is active in many conservation organizations and is currently the chairperson of the Iowa Conservation Education Council and is a past recipient of the Izaak Walton League of America's "National Honor Roll Award.”
MaryLynn Musgrove is a geochemist with the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey in Austin, Texas. Her research interests and expertise include geochemical and isotopic applications to hydrogeology, ground water and aquifer response to climate change, water resource issues, and environmental contaminants.
Eric O’Brien is an environmental microbiologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Eric completed his master’s research in Environmental Science at the University of Northern Iowa in May 2003. His primary interest of focus is environmental microbiology, specifically focusing on bacterial source tracking. He directs most of his efforts toward the ongoing bacterial monitoring of Iowa’s state and locally managed beaches and tracking of bacterial sources at these beaches. In 2006, he spearheaded an effort to incorporate cyanotoxin monitoring into Iowa’s beach monitoring program. This program has garnered recognition as being one of the most comprehensive toxin monitoring programs for recreational waters in the United States.
Garth Redfield is a Chief Environmental Scientist for the South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida. He received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis in 1979, specializing in basic and applied limnology. As the Associate Program Director for the Ecology Program of the National Science Foundation from 1982 to 1990, he co-managed the peer-review and funding process for research in community ecology. He maintained a part-time practice as a consulting ecologist from 1977 until 1991, and has been a Certified Senior Ecologist (#139) since 1982 through the Ecological Society of America. He has also participated on the Society’s Steering Committee for the Sustainable Biosphere Initiative and on the Board of Professional Certification. He served as the founding Editor of Lake and Reservoir Management, a journal of the North American Lake Management Society, from 1985 through its seventh volume in 1991. Since 1999, Dr. Redfield has served as the Chief Editor and Project Manager for the District’s annual consolidated reports, currently known as the South Florida Environmental Report (http://www.sfwmd.gov/ sfer/). He presently represents the agency and supports management decisions in the areas of water quality, ecosystem management and environmental monitoring. He also collaborates with the agency’s Office of Counsel, particularly on federal cases involving water quality and environmental restoration of the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee.
Jack Riessen is a licensed Professional Engineer, holds a B.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and is the lead person for the Iowa DNR on various nutrient issues including the development of nutrient water quality standards and Gulf Hypoxia. He has over 30 years of professional experience in the water arena including hydrology and hydraulics, drainage law, river mechanics, floodplain management and water quality standards as well as the technical and regulatory requirements of the Clean Water Act.
Jim Riggs is a retired math teacher who has used his nature photography and his voice to help preserve wild places in Iowa. He is a canoeist and a kayaker who has paddled the entire Raccoon River from near Marathon in Buena Vista County to its junction with the Des Moines. Jim was a founding member of the North Raccoon Watershed Association, a grassroots organization of canoeists, farmers, and environmentalists who are working to clean up the waters of this central Iowa treasure.
is a hydrologist and stream restoration specialist for the United States
Geological Survey at the Illinois Water Science Center, Champaign, IL. He is
a member of recently formed USGS team to develop Illinois watershed criteria
for stream restoration. Don also has a joint appointment with Colorado State
University where he works with Dr. Chester Watson on stream restoration
designs and project implementation.
Adam Schnieders is an Environmental Specialist Senior in the Water Resources Section of the IDNR where he serves as the lead worker in reviewing, developing and updating state water quality standards. He graduated from Drake University with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy. He was an NPDES permit writer for the Department prior to moving into Water Quality Standards program.
Doug Schnoebelen received his B.S. from the University of Iowa, M.S. from the University of Tennessee, and Ph.D. from Indiana University; all degrees were in geology. Doug has worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for 17 years specializing in water quality. He has served in the U.S. Geological Survey’s research program for the last 7 years. Doug also serves as an assistant adjunct professor at the Geoscience and the Environmental Engineering Departments at the University of Iowa. His research has been on a variety of ground and surface water chemistry problems involving nutrients, pesticides, and emerging contaminants.
Lynette Seigley received her B.A. in geology from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and her M.S. in geology from the University of Iowa. Since 1987, she has worked as a research geologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on a variety of projects addressing the impacts of nonpoint source pollution on surface water and groundwater. Since January 2000 she has worked on the state's ambient water monitoring program to collect data on Iowa’s water resources to assess quality and trends over time. She also assists in training volunteers as part of Iowa’s volunteer water monitoring program, IOWATER.
Andrew Simon is a Research Geologist at the ARS-National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, Mississippi. He has 27 years of research experience (16 with the USGS) in sediment transport and unstable landscapes, particularly incised channels and streambank processes. He is the author of more than 100 technical publications and has edited several books and journals. Dr. Simon is an adjunct Professor at the University of Mississippi, Special Professor in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK, and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Geomorphology.
Mary Skopec is the Section Supervisor of the Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Program at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Mary earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees in geography from the University of Iowa, and in 1999 she completed her Ph.D. in environmental science. Mary has worked at the Iowa DNR since 1991. During that time she has been involved in water quality projects including the development of a statewide pesticide database to track the occurrence of pesticides in Iowa’s waters. As supervisor of the Watershed Monitoring and Assessment section, Mary directs the state’s water monitoring program, including the collection, analysis, and management of information on stream, lake, wetland, and groundwater resources.
Ramanathan Sugumaran is an Associate Professor of Geography and Director of GeoTREE Center at the University of Northern Iowa. He has over 14 years of experience in remote sensing, GIS, GPS spatial decision support systems (SDSS) applications for natural resources and environmental planning and management. He is and has been working with federal, state, local and tribal government agencies (FSLT) for the past 10 years and developed several SDSS tool and techniques. The methodologies developed for FSLT agencies by Dr. Sugumaran have been widely published in Geographical Systems, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, Geocarto, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing journals. Dr. Sugumaran has served as PI or Co-PI on over $5 million worth of research grants funded by NASA, Raytheon, NOAA, USDA, MDNR, DOT, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
John Thomas has been the Project Director for the Hungry Canyons Alliance in western Iowa since October 2000. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Cornell College in Geology and Environmental Studies. John received his first Master's Degree from Iowa State University in Geology and Water Resources. He is currently working towards a second Master's Degree from the University of Iowa in Hydraulic Engineering. His areas of interest are fluvial geomorphology and erosion processes.
Tom Wilton currently works as a Lake Water Quality Improvement Coordinator for the Iowa DNR. Prior to this position, he coordinated the development and implementation of stream biological assessment criteria. Other projects and responsibilities include the probabilistic (REMAP) survey of Iowa’s perennial rivers and streams, stressor identification for stream biological impairments, hydropower project evaluation of water quality impacts, and Stream and Watershed Integrated Management (SWIM) training workshops. Tom received a B.S. degree from Iowa State University (1979) and M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota (1989).
Andrew (Andy) Ziegler is the Hydrologic Investigations Section Chief and Water Quality specialist with the USGS Kansas Water Science Center. He has conducted numerous water-quality studies in Missouri and Kansas in the past 20 years related to acidic mine drainage, transport of agricultural chemicals in ground and surface water, aquifer storage and recovery, reservoir sediment and quality studies, and the use of real-time water quality monitors and statistical analysis to continuously estimate constituent concentrations and loads.