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Brian C. Reeder

Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy affiliate, and Executive Director of the Environmental Education Center

brian reederDr. Brian C. Reeder has the distinction of having earned all three of MSU’s outstanding faculty awards: teaching, research, and service. Dr. Reeder received is Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the Ohio State University, MA in Biology (Psychology Minor) from Marshall University, and B.S. in Biology (Chemistry minor) from Youngstown State University. For the past 19 years he has been trying to determine why most Kentuckians prefer basketball to football.

Dr. Reeder primarily teaches courses in the Department of Biology’s Environmental Science Program, including Wetland Ecology and Management, Limnology, Ecology, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Environmental Education. One of the founders of IRAPP, he strongly supports students getting broad academic training and practical experience. Students need a foundation in mathematics, science, social and political theory, geography, and economics, if they are to successfully solve future environmental problems.

Dr. Reeder has been awarded over 4 million dollars in research grants by various agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USEPA, US Forest Service, and Department of Education. His current research involves assessing primary production in wetlands, ecology and management of reservoirs and hatchery ponds, and regional river investigations, including impacts of non-point pollution, and the efficiency of sewage upgrades, and tracking pollutant sources. Dr. Reeder has published over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters, over 50 abstracts, and given over 60 scholarly presentations.

Dr. Reeder is active in undergraduate and graduate research—he has mentored over a hundred graduate and undergraduate students. He enjoys getting students involved in field research, and helping them gain the skills and confidence they need to go on to successful careers or graduate programs. His students have gone on to be successful in prestigious Ph.D. programs, as well and in environmental consulting and management.

Links of Interest:


streamflow, rainfall, water quality: (the United States Geological Survey (USGS) site has a plethora of information)
also: (American Whitewater links to USGS data, but it has neater pictures and river descriptions)

General US Climate Data: (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration site is where all the weather data you see on web sites with advertisements, and the Weather Channel, comes from. Go to the source to get it ad-free, and to get historical data)

Wetlands Society of Wetland Scientists (Includes links to journal Wetlands, and job information. Go to the Links section to get information)

Lakes (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, this site also has a plethora of good links) (North American Lake Managment Society, tends to be a little more applied to human problems in its focus, compared to ASLO)

Ecology (Ecological Society of America) (American Institute of Biolgical Sciences)

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