Institute For Environmental Studies

Prof. Roger Viadero, Jr.

Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM)American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
Certified Senior Ecologist (CSE)Ecological Society of America 

Director, Institute for Environmental Studies
Chair, Environmental Science Ph.D. Program

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About Me ...

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

My work bridges the gap between environmental engineering and environmental science/ecology.  For over 20 years, I’ve designed, conducted, and led large-scale environmental assessments that involve stakeholders from a variety of academic, regulatory, and nongovernmental organizations.  My goal is to integrate extensive field investigations with laboratory studies and modeling to develop remediation approaches that result in lasting improvements to the quality and resilience of natural aquatic systems.  Due to the scope of these topics, I typically work with a multidisciplinary team of biologists, engineers, geographers, geologists, and planners, among others.

In addition to my position at Western, I’ve served as the President of the Aquacultural Engineering Society (AES) and continue to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Aquacultural Engineering.  I was also the panel manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Aquaculture Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

Since my work cuts across several traditional academic disciplines, I've found that it's important to establish and maintain professional credentials that compliment my education; to that end, I'm a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and an Ecological Society of America Certified Senior Ecologist (CSE).

Where I work ...

Take a minute to browse the map to see where my students and I work.  Click on the placemarks to see pictures of each site.

 What I Teach ...

ENVR 675, Assessment and Management of Low Order Alluvial Stream Channels

ENVR 750, Integrated Environmental Decision Making

ENVR 730, Environmental Systems

GEOG 510, Environmental Impact Assessment

ENVR 401, Colloquium on Environmental Studies

Interested in what we do in class?  See the video for highlights of fieldwork from a course on low order alluvial channels.

Recent Publications

Kang, R., Chacko, E., Kaur, D., and R. Viadero (2019).  “Silting Patterns in the Reservoirs of Small- and Medium-Sized Earthen Check Dams in Humid Subtropical Monsoon Regions,” Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 44 (13), 2638-2648.

I have three invited chapters that will appear in 2020 in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology, and Society, edited by Dr. Patricia Maurice, and published by John Wiley & Sons.

“The Geochemistry of Acid Mine Drainage,” manuscript number WSTS-0133

“Water Quality Factors Affecting Fish Growth and Production,” manuscript number WSTS-0119.

“Principles of Gas Solubility in Water: Henry’s Law,” manuscript number WSTS-0096.

Rehbein, M., Hunt, J., Schiebel, R., Viadero, R., and C. Miller-Hunt.  “The Role of Key Abiotic Factors on the Abundance of Culex pipiens and West Nile virus (WNV) Infection Rate in Rural West-Central Illinois,” Journal of Vector Ecologyunder review (manuscript number JVE-RA-Aug-18-074).

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.

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Researcher Identifiers




Curriculum vitae

 Roger Viadero's curriculum vitae

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I spend time at both WIU campuses and in the field, so the best way to get in touch with me is via email at Otherwise, my mailing addresses on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses are:

Western Illinois University
Institute for Environmental Studies, Tillman Hall 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