Shambaugh Auditorium
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 6:30 PM


  • Mary Skopec

    Mary Skopec

    Senior Research Scientist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

    Mary Skopec is a senior research scientist for the Water Monitoring and Assessment Section (WMAS) at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Geological Survey Bureau (GSB). Last year Dr. Skopec received the John Wesley Powell Award from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Iowa Water Science Center for research and development in estimating streamflow and water-quality values for any point on a stream entitled, STREAMEST. At the GSB, she has worked on a variety of water quality projects including the development of a statewide database to track pesticide occurrences in Iowa’s water resources. Dr. Skopec currently coordinates the WMAS analyses of data from the statewide Ambient Water Monitoring Program. She also serves as the IOWATER Volunteer Monitoring Program Coordinator. Dr. Skopec earned BS and MA degrees in geography from the University of Iowa, as well as an interdisciplinary PhD in environmental science.

  • Nathan Young

    Nathan Young

    Research Engineer, Iowa Flood Center

    Nathan Young is an Associate Research Engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering, a senior researcher at the Iowa Flood Center, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. Professor Young’s research includes application of numerical models in investigation of aquatic habitat, prediction of pollutant fate and transport, and flood simulation. He received his BSE, MS, and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa.


  • Gene Parken

    Gene Parken

    Donald E. Bently Professor of Engineering, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director, Center for Health Effects of Environmental Conditions, University of Iowa

    Gene Parkin is a specialist in environmental biotechnology, particularly in bioremediation. His primary research interest is in using microbial processes to degrade pollutants. Research areas include wetlands treatment of contaminated waters, the role of microbial-reactive mineral interactions in natural attenuation, and the health effects of environmental contamination. Professor Parkin has published widely in journals such as Environmental Science & Technology, and Water Research. He received a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Stanford. To visit Dr. Parkin's home page, click here.