Bruce Wiggins


Year Started at JMU: 1987
Contact Info

Research Description

My lab is investigating how streambank restoration practices in agricultural areas affect the community structure of benthic macroinvertebrates in streams. We collect samples from restored streams, identify the organisms, and determine diversity and abundance. We use GIS to measure characteristics of the surrounding landscape that affect water quality. Our goal is to understand the role that land use plays in water quality, and to determine how well the various types of restoration practices are working.

  • Biological Applications of Geographic Information Systems (BIO 457)
  • Environmental Toxicology (BIO 465)
  • Ecology and Evolution (BIO 124)

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  • PhD in Environmental Microbiology, 1987, Cornell University
  • MS in Microbial Ecology, 1986, Cornell University
  • BS in Microbiology, 1978, Pennsylvania State University
Select Publications
  • Wilcox D*, Whitehurst M*, Atwood R*, Bsumek P, Wiggins B. 2020. Mercury pollution and cleanup in the South River, Virginia. Case stud environ. 4(1). doi:10.1525/cse.2020.962226. 
  • Trumbo, B., K. H. Nislow, J. Stallings, M. Hudy, E. P. Smith, D.-Y. Kim, B. A. Wiggins, and C. A. Dolloff. 2014. Ranking Site Vulnerability to Increasing Temperatures in Southern Appalachian Brook Trout Streams in Virginia: An Exposure-Sensitivity Approach. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143: 173-187.
  • 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.
    *indicates JMU student co-author

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