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Year: 2012-2016

Learn about aquatic pollution by hearing directly from the people doing the research. From the field to the lab, UpClose takes you behind the scenes with the scientists working to make sense of this complicated topic.

Volume 1: Timothy Strathmann

In this issue:

Dr. Timothy Strathmann, an environmental engineer at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has dedicated more than a decade to understanding the chemical principles at work behind environmental challenges such as ensuring long term water quality and developing renewable energy.

Publication Number: IISG-12-49

Volume 2: Maria Sepulveda

In this issue:

Dr. Maria Sepulveda works from her lab at Purdue University to uncover the impacts of environmental contaminants of fish and other wildlife.

Publication Number: IISG-13-02

Volume 3: John Kelly

In this issue:

Dr. John Kelly, a microbiologist at Loyola University Chicago, is working to shine a light on the impacts that human activities have on aquatic microbial communities, especially those that make their homes in rivers or lakes.

Publication Number: IISG-13-77W

Volume 4: Melody Bernot

In this issue:

Dr. Melody Bernot, an ecologist at Ball State University, is probing deeper into some of the biggest questions in pharmaceutical and personal care produce (PPCP) research.

Publication Number: IISG-13-81

Volume 5: Rebecca Klaper

In this issue:

Dr. Rebecca Klaper, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is searching for practical solution for the design, use, and management of pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants found in the environment.

Publication Number: IISG-13-87

Volume 6: Sam Mason

In this issue:

Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason, a chemistry professor at State University of New York Fredonia, has documented the quantity of plastic in the Great Lakes, putting a spotlight on microplastic pollution in freshwater systems and the potential impacts.

Publication Number: IISG-14-25

Volume 7: Steven Mauro

In this issue:

Dr. Steven Mauro from Grannon University discusses research on the ways pharmaceuticals are changing the bacterial communities that help keep aquatic ecosystems healthy.

Publication Number: IISG-14-87

Volume 8: Dana Kolpin

In this issue:

Dana Kolpin, head of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Emerging Contaminants Project, discussed the first-ever nationwide study that discovered trace amounts of emerging contaminants in streams across the country.

Publication Number: IISG-14-100 E

Volume 9: Barbara Mahler

In this issue:

Dr. Barbara Mahler, research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, discussed her work investigating the toxic chemicals associated with pavement sealants impact local environments.

Publication Number: IISG-15-011 E

Volume 10: Lorena Rios Mendoza

In this issue:

Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza from the University of Wisconsin Superior talks about her work to identify the chemicals that build up on the surface of microplastics and how photodegradation may alter the way they react to one another.

Publication Number IISG-15-028 E

Volume 11: Michael Lydy

In this issue:

Dr. Michael Lydy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, investigates the complex chemical and biological factors affecting pesticide toxicity in urban streams.

Publication Number: IISG-15-16-008

Volume 12: Tim Hoellein

In this issue:

Dr. Tim Hoellein from Loyola University Chicago, investigates the interactions between common pollutants and organisms in rivers and streams.

Publication Number: IISG-16-021

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File Type: pdf
File Size: 17.88 MB
Year: 2022

In July and August of 2020, IISG sent a survey to professionals in the Greater Chicago Area as a follow-up to the same survey conducted in 2012. This five-page fact sheet and infographic showcases the survey results.

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File Type: pdf
File Size: 12.04 MB
Year: 2022

This print-your-own coloring book provides a fun and active way for children and adults to learn about the many kinds of aquatic animals that are raised on farms for aquaculture. Each spread highlights one species, pairing a beautifully illustrated coloring page with accompanying text for both advanced and beginning readers with information about aquaculture, fisheries, recreational fishing and cooking tips.

Professionally printed coloring books are also available while supplies last. Requests can be submitted to

Coloring Guide:

Watch and read along with IISG’s communications coordinator, Hope Charters, as she reads the beginning reader sections in the Aquaculture Family Coloring Book. Each spread of the coloring book is separated into two sections: an advance reader section on the left (for grown-ups and advanced readers) and a beginning reader section on the right. We hope that you will enjoy reading along.

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File Size: 748.93 KB
Year: 2021

Following IISG’s 2020 workshop focused on lake level variability and communication, one of the key products that participants needed was a list of what types of issues different organizations handle, such as funding, permitting, and other general information needs. This product thoroughly lists the ways in which several federal, Illinois, Indiana and independent organizations can assist coastal communities.

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