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Bruce Wiggins

 


 
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Bruce Wiggins

wigginba@jmu.edu
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Professor of Biology


B.S. - Pennsylvania State University
M.S. - Cornell University
Ph.D. - Cornell University


Phone - 540-568-6196
Fax - 540-568-3333
Office - Bioscience 1028G

Office Hours

Courses:  Ecology and Evolution (BIO 124), Biological Applications of Geographic Information Systems (BIO 457), Toxicology Seminar (BIO 466).

Research Interests:  Environmental Biology and Environmental Toxicology. 

I am interested in the uses of GIS to solve environmental and ecological problems.  Recent projects involve mapping the potential risk of mercury methylation in the National Forests, and assessing the effect of climate change on brook trout populations.  I am also studying the effect of streambank restoration on the communities of benthic macroinvertebrates in Smith Creek.  We collect periodic samples of these organisms as part of a long-term monitoring program to track the effects of the recent tree plantings around the stream.

 

 

 

Selected Publications:

Trumbo, B., M. Hudy, E. P. Smith, D.-Y. Kim, B. A. Wiggins, K. H. Nislow, and C. A. Dolloff.  2010.  Sensitivity and Vulnerability of Brook Trout Populations to Climate Change.  Pages 62-68 in R. F. Carline and C. LoSapio, editors. Wild Trout X: Sustaining wild trout in a changing world. Wild Trout Symposium, Bozeman, Montana.

Stoeckel, D. M., M. V. Mathes, K. E. Hyer, C. Hagedorn, H. Kator, J. Lukasik, T. L. O'Brien, T. W. Fenger, M. Samadpour, K. M. Strickler, and B. A. Wiggins.  2004.  Comparison of Seven Protocols to Identify Fecal Contamination using Escherichia coli:  Berkeley County, West Virginia. Environ. Sci. Technol. 38:6109-6117. 

Harwood, V. J., B. A. Wiggins, C. Hagedorn, R. D. Ellender, J. Gooch, J. Kern, M. Samadpour, A. C. H. Chapman, B. J. Robinson, and B. C. Thompson. 2003.  Phenotypic Library-Based Microbial Source Tracking Methods:  Efficacy in the California Collaborative Study.  J. Water Health 1:153-166. 

Ritter, K. J., E. Carruthers, C. A. Carson, R. D. Ellender, V. J. Harwood, K. Kingsley, C. Nakatsu, M. Sadowsky, B. Shear, B. West, J. E. Whitlock, B. A. Wiggins, and J. D. Wilbur.  2003.  Assessment of Statistical Models Used in Library-Based Approaches to Microbial Source Tracking.  J. Water Health 1:209-223. 

Wiggins, B. A., P. W. Cash, W. S. Creamer, S. E. Dart, P. P. Garcia, T. M. Gerecke, J. Han, B. L. Henry, K. B. Hoover, E. L. Johnson, K. C. Jones, J. G. McCarthy, J. A. McDonough, S. A. Mercer, M. J. Noto, H. Park, M. S. Phillips, S. M. Purner, B. M. Smith, E. N. Stevens, and A. K. Varner.  2003. Use of Antibiotic Resistance Analysis for Representativeness Testing of Multiwatershed Libraries.  Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69:3399-3405.