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Dr. Bill Perry

Professor of Ecology
Agriculture
Office
Science Laboratory Building - SLB 417
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Current Courses

499.025Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

499.025Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

499.225Independent Research For The Master's Thesis Last Term

287.003Independent Study

290.022Research In Biological Sciences

Teaching Interests & Areas

Ecology Aquatic Ecology Stream Ecology Limnology Rainforest Ecology Invertebrate Zoology

Research Interests & Areas

My laboratory works on two major projects at this time. The first project deals with the ecology and biogeochemistry of agricultural streams. We are currently working with The Nature Conservancy to examine the effects of watershed management practices and wetlands on downstream water quality. This work is being conducted in headwater streams of the Mackinaw River east of Illinois State University. The second project in the laboratory deals with invasive species ecology. We are currently focusing on the invasions dynamics of the rusty crayfish, Orconectes rusticus, in streams. We are assessing the role of flow in mediating invasion dynamics. Another aspect of this research is examining the role of hybridization in streams using microsatellite markers developed in collaboration with David Lodge and Jeff Feder at the University of Notre Dame.

Post-Doc Biological Sciences

University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

Post-Doc Biological Sciences

University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

Ph D Biological Sciences

University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

MS Biological Sciences

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

BS Biological Sciences

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Nominated for Outstanding University Teacher

Illinois State University
2016

Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Team Research Award for 2017

Illinois State University
2016

Nominated for Outstanding University Teacher

Illinois State University
2015

Outstanding College Teacher

College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University
2014

University Research Initiative Award

Illinois State University
2004

University Teaching Initiative Award

Illinois State University
2004

College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Initiative Award

College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University
2002

Outstanding Master of Science Student

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
1992

Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
1991

Presentations

Assessment of spatial and temporal variations in chloride concentration in an agricultural tile-drained area in central Illinois. Illinois Groundwater Association Spring Meeting. Illinois Groundwater Association. (2023)
Influence of tile water on nitrate concentrations in the groundwater: A case study of a saturated riparian buffer zone, McLean County, central Illinois. The Geological Society of America Connects 2023. Geological Society of America. (2023)
The influence of tile flow on the transport-fate of nitrate in the vadose zone of a saturated riparian buffer zone: A case study in central Illinois. The Geological Society of America Connects 2023. Geological Society of America. (2023)
Attending a general conversation on the current state of agriculture in Illinois. AgBites. Illinois Farm Bureau. (2022)
Cover crops and pennycress - the new winter cash crop. Nutrient Stewardship Field Day. Illinois Farm Bureau. (2022)
No Presentations but working groups at this meeting - Worked on a manuscript on Carbon : Chlorophyll Ratios in Lakes. Global Lake Earth Observation Network. (2022)
Pennycress - a new cash crop - the USDA CAP presentaition. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS. United States Department of Agriculture. (2022)
Pennycress as a new cash crop - the good the bad and money. Illinois Farm Demonstration Day. ISU Ag Department. (2022)
The life and ecology of dragonflies. Parklands River Event. Parklands. (2022)
Commander, O., Peterson, E. W., O'Reilly, C. M., Thayn, J., Perry, W. L., and Twait, R., Assessment of spatial and temporal variations in chloride concentration in an agricultural tile-drained area in central Illinois, in Proceedings The Geological Society of America Connects 2022, Denver, CO, 2022, Volume 54, Geological Society of America, doi: 10.1130/abs/2022AM-380813.

Grants & Contracts

Preliminary Proposal: Partnership for Adopting Climate-Smart CoverCress and Cereal Hybrid Rye. USDA. Federal. (2022)
2020 - 2022 - City of Bloomington: Understanding and monitoring local water quality. City of Bloomington. Local. (2020)
Oilseed Pennycress: A new cash cover-crop for the Midwest $10,000,000. US Department of Agriculture. Federal. (2019)
2017 - 2019 - City of Bloomington: Understanding and monitoring local water quality. City of Bloomington. Local. (2017)
The Effect of Cover Crops on Surface Water Quality: A Paired Watershed Experiment in the Lake Bloomington Watershed. Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council. State. (2017)