Julie A Wolin, Ph.D.
 Title: Associate Professor
Assoc. Chair, Undergraduate Program Director EVS
 Dept: Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
 Office: SR G67
 Phone: 216-687-3505
 Fax: 216-687-6972
 Email: J.WOLIN@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/research/featured-researcher-v
 Blog: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ecology-and-Environment
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. SR G67, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
aquatic ecology, diatom ecology, urban ecology, wetland ecology, Great Lakes ecosystems, nutrient enrichment, paleolimnology, long-term climate change
B.A., Biology (aquatic), Eastern Michigan University
M.S., Biology (aquatic), Eastern Michigan University
Ph.D., Natural Resources, University of Michigan
Brief Bio:
I am an Associate Chair and Environmental Science Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Science at Cleveland State University.

I obtained my B.A. and M.S. degrees in Biology (aquatic focus) from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. I have a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Before coming to Cleveland State, I taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a limnology course at Kellogg Biological Field Station, Michigan State University. I was a senior researcher for the Danish Geological Survey, living in Copenhagen, Denmark for 2 years.

My primary research focuses on understanding urban and urbanizing environments and the effects of human activities on freshwater and wetland ecosystems. I use a combination of contemporary data, paleolimnological techniques, and quantitative environmental reconstruction to estimate past conditions and natural variability, to identify disturbances, determine rates of change, and realistic recovery endpoints in aquatic/wetland ecosystems.

I work with and provide scientific expertise to regional partners including: The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, The Cleveland MetroParks, the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan.

I am a member of the Ecological Society of America, International Association of Great Lakes Research,and the Society of Wetland Scientists.

I have mentored a number of undergraduate and graduate researchers. I teach courses in Aquatic Ecosystems, Ecology, Great Lakes, Stream, and Wetland Ecology. My current research projects with graduate and undergraduate students include an assessment of urban lakes in Cuyahoga County; historic change in the Cuyahoga River; and determining the environmental and climate history of lake ecosystems.
Honors and Awards:
2019 Cleveland State University,College of Science & Health Professions,Jearl D. Walker Outstanding Teaching Award
2015 Young Alumni Council of the CSU Alumni Association, Golden Apple Award
2012-2014, 2016, 2019 Cleveland State University Faculty Merit Recognition Award
Research Interests:
My primary research focus is on understanding urban and urbanizing environments and the effects of human activities on freshwater and wetland ecosystems. I use a combination of contemporary data, paleolimnological techniques, and quantitative environmental reconstruction to estimate past conditions and natural variability, to identify disturbances, determine rates of change, and realistic recovery endpoints in aquatic/wetland ecosystems.

Cluadia Tausz, PhD. Regulatoory Biology, Graduation: Spring 2024
Brittany Dalton, M.S. Environmental Science. Graduation: Summer 2020

Alison Yasick, Ph.D. Aug. 2014, Regulatory Biology. Dissertation: Dispersal Capabilities of Two Plecopteran Species and Macroinvertebrate Community Structure from Four Watersheds in Northeast Ohio: Implications of Seasonal and Legacy Land-Use Effects.

Ann Nichols, Ph.D., Regulatory Biology May 2011. Dissertation: Influences of Environmental Variability, Genetics and Plant Size on Variation in Sexual and Clonal Reproduction and Allocation of Resources in Three Wetland Plant Species.  

M.S. Thesis Environmental Science:
Courtney Brennan, 2013 (co-advisor). Singing Behavior and Geographic Variation in the Songs of the Veery (Catharus fuscescens) along the Appalachian Mountains.

Bethany Gigante, 2013 (co-advisor). Saline Adaptation of the Microalga Scenedesmus  dimorphus ¿ From Freshwater to Brackish Water.

Kyle Scotese, 2008. A Diatom Phosphorus Inference Model for 30 Freshwater Lakes in NE Ohio and NW Pennsylvania.

Marilyn Gunsch, 2008. The Effect of Wetland Size and Surrounding Land Use on Wetland Quality Along an Urbanization Gradient in the Rocky River Watershed, Ohio, USA

Valentina Shkarpa, 2006. Climate and Human Settlement Effects on Silver Lake Ohio. May 2006.

M.S. Non-thesis Environmental Science:
Kristin Hall, 2012; Carrie Caspio, 2011; Ynes Arocho, 2011; Christina Znidarsic, 2011; Roger Nikiforow, 2007.

Tom Binvenu 2015, Mara Caputo 2012 Environmental Science, Kelli Herrick Biology 2010, Daniel Duglos Biology 2010

CSU Undergraduate Summer Research Program:
Brittany Dalton, Mark Gatesman 2015; Tom Bienvenu, Justin Ostry 2013; Kathryn Johncock 2012; Derrick Cooper 2010; Mallory Karpy 2008

Summer REU students:
2007: Darcy Chase, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.; Abner Garcia, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
2005: Michelle Canatsey, Youngstown State University; Elizabeth McGuire, Marietta College.
2003: Ynes Arocho, Cuyahoga Community College; Jeff Loew, John Carroll University,

2002-2003: Ynes Arocho, Cuyahoga Community College, Bridges to Success.
2002: Vira Moroz, B.S. Biology, Cleveland State University.
2001: Nicole Clark, B.S. Biology, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
Teaching Areas:
Aquatic ecology, Urban ecolgy, Wetland ecology, Great Lakes ecosystems and management, Environmental science
Professional Affiliations:
Ecological Society of America
International Association of Great Lakes Research
Ohio Lake Management Society
Society of Wetland Scientists
Professional Experience:
Associate Chair, 2018 - Present. Dept. Bio, Geo, Environ Sci., Cleveland State University.

Associate Professor, 2006 - Present. Cleveland State University. Aquatic, Wetland & Paleo-Ecology. Undergraduate Program Director Environmental Science(2005-present).

Visiting Scholar. 2016-2017. University of New Mexico, Department of Biology.

Adjunct Associate Professor. 2009. Michigan State University, Department of Zoology.

Assistant Professor. 2000 - 2006. Cleveland State University. Aquatic, Wetland & Paleo- Ecology.

Assistant Professor. 1998 - 2000. Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Aquatic & Wetland Ecology.

Visiting Lecturer. 1998. Eastern Michigan University. Diatom & Wetland Ecology.

Visiting Research Scientist. 1997-1998. Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Science, University of Michigan.

Senior Research Scientist (permanent). 1994-1996. Environmental History and Climate Division, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Ministry of Environment and Energy. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Visiting Assistant Professor. 1994. W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University.

Assistant Professor (term). 1992-1994. Department of Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University. Diatom and Algal Ecology, Great Lakes Ecology.
University Service:
Associate Chair (2018-Present)
Undergraduate Program Director for Environmental Science (2005-2007, 2009 - Present)
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee & Academic Standards (UCCAS)(2002-2007, 2010-Present)
Chair Tenure-Track BGES Faculty Soil Ecology Search Committee (2016)
B.S. & M.S. in Environmental Science Program Self-Study Co-Chair (2014-2015)
Chair Tenure-Track BGES Faculty Plant Ecology Search Committee (2013-2014)
Graduate Curriculum Committee & Academic Standards (GCCAS)(2006 - 2008, 2011-2014)
College Associate Lecturer Search Committee Co-Chair (2012-2013)

Graduate Committee Member:
Keri Plevniak, M.S. Environmental Science; Chelsea Villanueva, PhD. Biology, Cleveland State University  

Faculty Affairs Committee (2012-Present)
Nominating Committee (2005-2007, 2011-2013), Chair (2006-2008, 2012-2013)

University Petitions Committee (2014-2016)
Student Environmental Movement (SEM) Faculty Advisor (2009-Present)
Udal Scholarship Faculty Representative (2007-2008, 2009-Present)
NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates - program coordinator and faculty mentor(2003-2007)
Professional Service:
University of Toledo, Department of Environmental Science, Toledo, Ohio (2018); University Southern Florida St. Petersburg, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Geography, St. Petersburg, Florida (2015)

Bioresource Technology, Boreas, Diatom Research, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Journal of Paleolimnology, Land and Resource Management, Limnology and Oceanography, Nova Hedwigia, Ohio Journal of Science, Proceedings of the 11th and 13th Symposium on Living and Fossil Diatoms, Urban Ecosystems, Water Air & Soil Pollution, Wetlands

Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry (ODNR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), National Science Foundation, National Water Resources Research Institutes, U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Pennsylvania Wild Resource Conservation Program

2018-Present Ohio Lake Management Society

2012-Present: Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan, Cleveland, OH: Habitats for Hard Places
2009-2017: Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, Cleveland, OH: Cuyahoga River Navigational Channel Habitat enhancement
2010-2013: Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, Cleveland, OH: Cuyahoga County Hydrology Greenprint
2012-2016: Lake Erie Center, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
2012-2013: Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization, Cleveland, OH: Project Clean Lake    

2017 Conference Organizer, 24th North American Diatom Symposium. Ohio State Stone Lab, Gibraltar Island, OH.
2013 22nd North American Diatom Symposium. College of the Americas, Maine.
2006 Geological Society of America, North Central Chapter Meeting, Akron, OH
2005 International Association of Great Lakes Research Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI
Community Service:
Cleveland MetroParks Watershed Volunteer Training, North Chagrin Reservation,Willoughby Hills, OH
Waterways Adventure Symposium, Ashtabula and Geauga County area-wide schools (May 2002- 2008). Conduct aquatic ecology mini-labs for middle school children over a 3-day period.

USEPA 2009. Draft National Lake Assessment Report, A Collaborative Survey of the Nation¿s Lakes. EPA-841-R09-001, US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water and Office of Research and Development, Washington, D.C. Data Analysis Team Member. URL: http://www.epa.gov/lakessurvey/

USEPA 2009. National Lake Assessment Preliminary Data Results: Sediment Diatoms. Fact Sheet. Co-authors: Neil Kamman, Mihaela Enache, Julie Wolin, R. Jan Stevenson, Don Charles.

Wolin, Julie A., 2008. Functional Assessment of Natural and Constructed Wetlands in the Geauga Park District. Submitted to: Tami Gingrich, Geauga Park District, Chardon, OH.

Wolin, Julie A., 2006. Environmental History of Bass Lake, Geauga County, Ohio Submitted to: Tami Gingrich, Geauga Park District, Chardon, OH.

Wolin, Julie A., 2002. Holden Arboretum Stream Biodiversity Weekends (September 14-22, 2002) Report on Water Quality and Aquatic Insect Assessment of Stream Environments -Stebbins Gulch, Pierson Creek and East Branch of the Chagrin River at S. Wisner Rd. Submitted to: Brian Parsons, Director of Conservation, The Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, OH.
Research Grants:
Last 5 years:
Exploring the paleoenvironmental conditions triggering coastal dune activity along the Lake Michigan shoreline (Julie A. Wolin, Co-PI) National Geographic Society (through University of Toledo 2015-2016) $6,000

Cleveland Neighborhood Green Infrastructure Stormwater Assessment and Planning (Julie A. Wolin, PI) Cleveland State University Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (2015)

Harmful Algae, Historic Microcystin Concentrations, and Shoreline Buffers in Urban Lakes of Cuyahoga County. (Julie A. Wolin, PI) Cleveland State University Engaged Learning Undergraduate Research Grant (2013) $10,800

Larval Fish Habitat Enhancement Assessment in the Cuyahoga Navigation Channel. (Julie A. Wolin, PI) Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Contract (2010-2014) $24,999