Institute For Environmental Studies

Roger C. Viadero, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Environmental Studies and Environmental Science Ph.D. Program
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America

About Me

At WIU, I direct the Institute for Environmental Studies (IES) and am the administrative head of Western's interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Science.

Professionally, I'm interested in a wide range of topics related to aquatic environments and have research expertise in aquatic chemistry with an emphasis on the interactions between inorganic water constituents with salmonids - particularly under non ideal conditions.  I also have experience conducting comprehensive ecosystem assessments and developing  watershed-scale remediation/restoration plans for impaired natural systems.  Due to the scope of these topics, I typically work as part of larger multidisciplinary teams that often include biologists, engineers, geographers, geologists, and planners.

I've had the great opportunity to serve as President of the Aquacultural Engineering Society (AES) and continue to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Aquacultural Engineering.  Currently, I also serve as the panel manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Aquaculture Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

Find out more about me on ResearchGate 

Representative Publications

Viadero, R., and R. Fortney. (2015). “Water Quality Assessment and Environmental Impact Minimization for Highway Construction in a Coal-Mined Watershed: the Beaver Creek Drainage,” Southeastern Naturalist, 14 (7), 112-120.

Wei, X., Bhojappa, S., Lin, L. and R. Viadero (2012). “Performance of Nano-Magnetite for Removal of Selenium from Aqueous Solutions,” Environmental Engineering Science, 29 (6), 526-532.

Griffin, Donald (2012). Voices of the Hennepin Canal: Promoters, Politicians, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Roger Viadero, Jr., Editor, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, ISBN: 978-0-9777116-2-8.

Wei, X., Wei, H., and R. Viadero (2011). “Post-Reclamation Water Quality Trends in a Mid-Appalachian Watershed of Abandoned Mine Lands”, Science of the Total Environment, 409 (5), 941-948.

Chen, Y., Viadero, R., Wei, X., Hedrick, L., Welsh, S., Anderson, J., and L. Lin (2008). “Effects of Highway Construction on Stream Water Quality and Macroinvertebrate Conditions in a Mid-Atlantic Highlands Watershed, USA,” Journal of Environmental Quality, 38, 1672-1682.

Recent Courses Taught

ENVR 750, Integrated Environmental Decision Making

ENVR 730, Environmental Systems

ENVR 675, Watershed-Scale Environmental Asessment and Management

GEOG 510, Environmental Impact Assessment

ENVR 401, Colloquium on Environmental Studies

For more Information

For detailed information on what I do, click to open my cv in pdf format.  Otherwise, you can contact me via email at or in Macomb or the Quad Cities at:

Western Illinois University
Institute for Environmental Studies, TH 301
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL, 61455

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
Quad Cities Complex 1215
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
309.762.9481, x62200