Hope College, B.A. Biology and Chemistry 1974

Undergraduate research project (with Dr. Eldon Greij): "Breeding Biology of the Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) in Michigan."

University of North Dakota, M.S. Biology 1979

Thesis: "Water Chemistry & Aquatic Invertebrates in Strip-mine Ponds in Western North Dakota."

University of Missouri, Ph.D. Ecology 1987

Dissertation: "The Relationship Among Wetland Invertebrate Abundance, Litter Decomposition, and Nutrient Dynamics in Bottomland Hardwood Ecosystems."

Professional Affliations

North American Benthological Society

Society of Wetland Scientists

Society of Conservation Biology


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