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GarveyJAMES E. GARVEY, Fish Ecology, Director & Professor

251 Life Science II, Mailcode 6511, 1125 Lincoln Drive, 
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901-6511
voice: 618-453-6013  fax: 618-453-6944
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Twitter: @fishysiu

Jim's publications.

Dr. Jim Garvey serves the Center as Director and is a Professor in the Department of Zoology. He has a PhD in Zoology from The Ohio State University. Current research projects revolve around river and lake fish ecology and management. He finds questions about invasive species and native fish conservation particularly fascinating.

Dr. Garvey is active in the American Fisheries Society at both the national and regional levels and is a member of several other societies including the Ecological Society of America. He also serves on several federal and state advisory committees. He has been an Associate Editor for the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society and has numerous peer-reviewed publications in applied and basic journals under his belt. Dr. Garvey is currently writing a book called Trophic Ecology.

Ed Heist with Sturgeon
EDWARD J. HEIST, Genetics, Associate Director & Professor

251 Life Science II, Mailcode 6511, 1125 Lincoln Drive, 
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901-6511
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Dr. Ed Heist serves as Associate Director and is a Professor in Fisheries and Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he runs the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center's Fish Genetics Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the College of William and Mary and performed postdoctoral research at Texas A&M University. His research employs the tools of molecular genetics including DNA sequencing, Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, and DNA microsatellite analysis to study freshwater and marine fishes. Species studied include sharks, sturgeons and paddlefish.  Dr. Heist is an active member of the American Fisheries Society, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the American Elasmobranch Society. He currently teaches graduate-level courses in fish genetics and molecular genetics techniques, conservation genetics, and an undergraduate course in marine biology. 


LydyMICHAEL J. LYDY, Toxicology, Professor

251 Life Science II, Mailcode 6511, 1125 Lincoln Drive, 
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901-6511
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Michael Lydy is currently a Professor in the Department of Zoology and a member of the CFAAS at Southern Illinois University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Wittenberg University in 1984, an M.S. in Zoology in 1986 from Miami University (Ohio), and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the Ohio State University in 1990. He spent three years with the U.S. Geological Survey in Indianapolis, Indiana and six years at Wichita State University prior to arriving at SIUC. His areas of research interest include evaluating the effects of chemical mixtures, developing a basic understanding of the chemical and biological factors affecting toxicity, bioavailability and bioaccumulation, remediation of contaminated sites and evaluating the effectiveness of Best Management Practices in reducing pesticide and nutrient loadings into aquatic systems. Dr. Lydy have received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, industry and state sources to conduct research in these areas.



WhitledgeGREG WHITLEDGE, Fish Ecology, Associate Professor

251 Life Science II, Mailcode 6511, 1125 Lincoln Drive, 
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901-6511
voice: 618-453-6089  fax: 618-453-6944
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Dr. Greg Whitledge joined the SIU CFAAS and Department of Zoology as an Assistant Professor in 2005. He received a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Fisheries from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He spent 3 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Missouri and Colorado State University before arriving at SIUC. Dr. Whitledge is a member of the American Fisheries Society and the North American Benthological Society. His research interests include fish bioenergetics and trophic interactions, fish-habitat relationships, application of stable isotope technology in fisheries and aquatic sciences (particularly use of otolith microchemistry and isotopic analysis for reconstructing fish environmental history), and fisheries management.