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Research at the Center for Environmental Research and Education

Murphy's Bottom Ecological Project

Murphy's BottomThe Murphy's Bottom Ecological Project is a habitat restoration project that Duquesne University has undertaken in South Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

Duquesne University's initiative is to effectively restore the property to its full environmental potential. Plan objectives include:

  • Maximizing biodiversity at the Murphy’s Bottom site
  • Preserving and enhancing the habitat for species of special concern
  • Focusing on enhancing aquatic habitat
  • Managing / extirpating invasive species
  • Removing debris and structures from past mining / processing activity
  • Reflecting the input of a wide array of stakeholders
  • Serving as a model for future habitat enhancement projects
  • Facilitating further study at the site

Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate Research ProgramThe Undergraduate Research Program provides students with essential research experience for a career in the sciences or science-related fields.

This program offers students the opportunity to experience science through the successes and failures of scientific research.

Students are encouraged to start research as early as their freshman year, allowing them to gain as much experience as possible.

3 Rivers QUEST

3 Rivers Quest

3 Rivers QUEST (Quality Useful Environmental Study Teams) is a comprehensive water quality monitoring and reporting program, sampling all three of Pittsburgh's rivers, their headwaters, and their tributaries. The Program was started by the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University in 2009 sampling the Monongahela and has since expanded. Sampling has taken place over the past few years, with Duquesne joining the program in 2013. Read more about the 3 Rivers QUEST Program.

Faculty Research Initiatives

Our faculty members are active researchers in many areas, from scientific laboratory work to behavioral studies. If you are interested in participating in any of our ongoing research projects and have already reviewed our faculty interests, feel free to contact us!

John F. Stolz, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
Specializing in environmental microbiology, particularly the physiology and biochemistry of bacteria that respire oxyanions of nitrogen, arsenic and selenium, and the microbial sedimentation and lithification of modern marine carbonate stromatolites.

Stanley J. Kabala, Ph.D.
Associate Director
International and domestic environmental management systems, watershed development and best practices for stormwater management, and implementation of greenhouse gas emissions inventories by colleges, universities, and municipalities.

H. M. 'Skip' Kingston. Ph.D.
Fundamental research in separation science, chromatography, microwave energy application, instrument development, standard reference materials development and certification, analytical and environmental test method development, and laboratory automation including expert systems and robotics.

Brady Porter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Molecular markers to study phylogenetic relationships, phylogeography, hybridization, conservation genetics, evolution of mating systems and alternate reproductive tactics (ARTs) in natural populations of fishes and other aquatic organisms.

Kyle W. Selcer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Comparative endocrinology; investigating environmental toxicants that disrupt the endocrine system, the role of steroids in reproduction of reptiles and amphibians and new drugs for the treatment of estrogen-dependent breast cancer.

Michael J. Tobin, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Reduction and elimination of in-home environmental hazards, including allergens and lead, with focus on community education and outreach.

Dr. Sarah Woodley
Associate Professor
Effects of Environmental Stressors on Amphibian Reproduction and Health; Neuroendocrinology of Chemical Communication.