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Brian C. Reeder

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Reeder, Brian, Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, SPA
Program/Dept: Public Management & Government
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the Ohio State University, MA in Biology (Psychology Minor) from Marshall University, B.S. in Biology (Chemistry minor) from Youngstown State University
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327C Lappin Hall
Phone: 606-783-2957


Dr. Brian C. Reeder has the distinction of having earned all three of MSU’s outstanding faculty awards: teaching, research, and service. Dr. Reeder received is Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the Ohio State University, MA in Biology (Psychology Minor) from Marshall University, and B.S. in Biology (Chemistry minor) from Youngstown State University. For the past 19 years he has been trying to determine why most Kentuckians prefer basketball to football.

Dr. Reeder primarily teaches courses in the Department of Biology’s Environmental Science Program, including Wetland Ecology and Management, Limnology, Ecology, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Environmental Education. One of the founders of IRAPP (SPA), he strongly supports students getting broad academic training and practical experience. Students need a foundation in mathematics, science, social and political theory, geography, and economics, if they are to successfully solve future environmental problems.

Dr. Reeder has been awarded over 4 million dollars in research grants by various agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USEPA, US Forest Service, and Department of Education. His current research involves assessing primary production in wetlands, ecology and management of reservoirs and hatchery ponds, and regional river investigations, including impacts of non-point pollution, and the efficiency of sewage upgrades, and tracking pollutant sources. Dr. Reeder has published over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters, over 50 abstracts, and given over 60 scholarly presentations.

Dr. Reeder is active in undergraduate and graduate research—he has mentored over a hundred graduate and undergraduate students. He enjoys getting students involved in field research, and helping them gain the skills and confidence they need to go on to successful careers or graduate programs. His students have gone on to be successful in prestigious Ph.D. programs, as well and in environmental consulting and management.

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