Institute For Environmental Studies

Register NOW for the 9th Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference - October 13-14, 2016 in Moline, IL

Attend the ninth annual UMRC and help to “Raising the Grade” in the Upper Mississippi River watershed.  In the recently released America’s Watershed Initiative Report Card, the Mississippi River System received a "D+" while the Upper Mississippi River drainage earned a "C".  Conference attendees will advance solutions for the Upper Mississippi and beyond with some of the country’s leading experts in sessions dedicated to key watershed-wide indicators identified in the Report Card. Working seminars will create awareness of opportunities and challenges and will provide a forum to develop a shared vision.


Jason Hunt places first at Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference.

vector biology graphic Congratulations to Jason Hunt, an Environmental Science Ph.D. student, for his First Place student presentation at the Fifth-Annual Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference in Iowa City, IA.  Jason presented his work on the role the Upper Mississippi River watershed plays on the prevalence of the invasive mosquito, Aedes japonicus.  To learn more about vector biology work being conducted at WIU, click the mosquito target.

Many thanks to those who participated in the 2015 Upper Mississippi River Conference and Student Summit!

Thanks to those who contributed to the success of the Upper Mississippi River Conference and the preconference Student Summit cosponsored by the WIU College of Arts & Sciences' Institute for Environmental Studies.Johnathan Adams, a Geography graduate student presenting his work at the 2015 UMRC

The Youth Summit attracted 112 participants from regional high schools and colleges who gathered to learn about the Mississippi River, environmental initiatives, and the organizations working to maintain the ecological health and economic prosperity of one of the world's largest rivers.

The youth summit and conference were attended by students and faculty from WIU's Geography, Biological Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Sciences programs.  As part of the conference a student poster session featured the research work of 18 undergraduate and graduate students from Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, and Western Illinois University.


New Program, New Facilities

Fall 2014, MOLINE, IL - Students in WIU's new Environmental Science Ph.D. Program now have the opportunity to study and conduct research in brand new facilities located in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River basin. Click here to learn more.

WIU's First Ph.D. Program Approved by IL Board of Higher Education!

3-February 2014, MACOMB, IL - The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission have granted approval to Western Illinois University to establish a Ph.D. program in environmental science. The new degree program, which focuses on large river ecosystem, will be available at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus.  Click here to read more. Prospective Ph.D. students-click here for more specific information about our new program.

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Summary of environmental studies minors, 2013.