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Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology

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Dr. Bill Perry

Associate Professor of Biology, 2006 - present
Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Geography-Geology, 2015 - present
Director of the Environmental Analysis Laboratory, Illinois State University, 2015 - present
Assistant Professor of Biology, 2000- 2006
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 287.Sec 002 Independent Study
  • BSC 290.Sec 022 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 376.Sec 001 Stream Ecology Laboratory
  • BSC 375.Sec 001 Stream Ecology Lecture
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Ecology Aquatic Ecology Stream Ecology Limnology Rainforest Ecology Invertebrate Zoology
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • 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 - 2000
  • University of Notre Dame
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Genetic origins for sympatric host-plant shifts and race formation in Rhagoletis
  • Post-Doc Biological Sciences - 1999
  • University of Notre Dame
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Dispersal of exotic species in the Great Lakes: crayfish as a model system for benthic species
  • Ph D Biological Sciences - 1998
  • University of Notre Dame
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Ecological and genetic impact of a nonindigenous freshwater crayfish
  • MS Biological Sciences - 1993
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Community and population response of Sphaerium nitidum and Pisidium casertanum to five years of nutrient enrichment of a divided arctic lake
  • BS Biological Sciences - 1989
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Ackerman, J. R., Peterson, E. W., Van der Hoven, S., and Perry, W., 2015, Quantifying nutrient removal from groundwater seepage out of constructed wetlands receiving treated wastewater effluent: Environmental Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s12665-015-4167-3.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • The effect of cover crops on surface water quality: A paired watershed experiment in the Lake Bloomington watershed; Catherine O’Reilly, Shalamar Armstrong, Bill Perry, Wondwosen Seyoum
  • 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