Aquatic Environmental Microbiology and Chemistry

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Zilber School of Public Health    




Principal Investigator: Todd R. Miller

  • Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences, Marine Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 2004
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences: St. Norbert College, DePere, WI. 1998.
  • Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2010 - Present
  • Research Associate, laboratory of Katherine McMahon, Ph.D., Department of Bacteriology and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Madison, WI. October 2007 – 2010
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Laboratory of Rolf Halden, Ph.D., P.E., Environmental Health Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD. November 2004 – October 2007.


Mary Seaman - Doctoral Student (Environmental and Occupational Health)

Mary is investigating the occurence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in wate water and their transfer to recieving streams and drining water production. Mary's C.V. is here


Chelsea Weirich - Doctoral Student (Environmental and Occupational Health)

Chelsea is investigating factors leading to algal toxin production in lakes and their subsequent occurrence in drinking water. Her work primarily focuses on hepatotoxic peptides and neurotoxic alkaloids. She is leading a project with the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network to examine global patterns in cyanobacterial toxin production. She is also the lab's expert on tandem mass spectrometry and leads all projects and contracts using mass spectrometry. 


Sarah Bartlett - Doctoral Student (Freshwater Sciences)

Sarah is investigating bioaccumulation and occurrence of algal toxins, primarily anatoxin-a in fish at all trophic levels with an emphasis on fish destined for the very famous Wisconsin fish fry. She is also investigating the relationship between gross primary productivity and algal toxin production in Wisconsin eutrophic lakes using high- resolution buoy measurements and auto- sampling.

When Sarah is not doing science she is running marathons, listening to her favorite band, or enjoying one of many Milwaukee festivals.


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