Matthew R. Opdyke

Michigan State University, Department of Zoology, 203 Natural Science Bldg., East Lansing, MI 48824

Telephone: 517-353-5988 · Email: opdykem@msu.edu

 

Education

 

   ·  Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (2005)

      University of Illinois, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Urbana, IL

- Research topic: The Influence of Stream Geomorphology and Environmental Factors on Sediment

  Denitrification in Headwater Agricultural Streams

           

   ·  M.S. in Environmental Science (2000)

      Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, IN

            - Research topic: The Micro-distribution of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in a Headwater Forested

  Stream: A Comparison of Sampling Techniques        

 

   ·  B.S. in Biology-Environmental Science (1998)

      Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA

           

   ·  A.A. in Biology-Environmental Studies (1995)

      Keystone College, La Plume, PA

 
Academic Awards

 

   ·  Runner-up for best-applied research presentation at the North American Benthological Society

      conference in New Orleans, LA (2005)

   ·  University of Illinois Travel Grant to present at the North American Benthological Society conference in

      Vancouver, Canada (2004)

   ·  Fallwood Nature Center Development Grant (1999-2000)

  

Professional Certifications and Affiliations

 

   ·  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Certification in Wetland Delineation (1999)

   ·  American Geophysical Union

   ·  North American Benthological Society

   ·  Union of Concerned Citizens

   ·  Ecological Society of America

 

Teaching Experience

 

Visiting Assistant Professor (2004-2005)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

   ·  Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation instructor of an undergraduate and graduate lecture course

            -  Lectured on 5 major topics: limnology, stream geomorphology, water chemistry, autotrophs and

               heterotrophs using multi-media presentations

            -  Organized laboratories on fish, aquatic insect and plankton taxonomy and a field trip examining

               water quality in a nutrient-impaired reservoir

     

Part-time Professor (2005)

Parkland College at Champaign, IL

   ·  Chemistry of Life instructor of a non-majors undergraduate lecture and laboratory course

            -  Designed lectures and laboratories examining water and atmospheric chemistry, energy,

               microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition and genetics

 

Adjunct Professor (2001)

Georgia Military College at Martinez, GA

   ·  Environmental Science instructor of an undergraduate lecture course

            -  Lectured on the following topics: ecology, energy, environmental chemistry, human-environment

   interactions and environmental law

-  Organized field trips delineating wetlands, measuring water quality and assessing the impacts of

   coal-fired power plants to the environment

 

Graduate Teaching Assistantships:

   ·  Introduction to Biology, Indiana University at Bloomington, IN (1999-2000)

   ·  Terrestrial and Aquatic Habitat Analysis, Indiana University at Bloomington, IN (1999)

   ·  Introduction to Soils, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (2003)

   ·  Learning Skills in Finite Mathematics, Indiana University at Bloomington, IN (1999)

           

Highlights of Doctoral Research

 

Doctoral Research (2002-2005)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

   ·  Examined the spatial variability in denitrification rates in agricultural watersheds and explored environmental and geomorphic mechanisms of control          

   ·  Developed empirical models to compare the effectiveness of channelized and meandering streams at

      removing nitrogen from agricultural watersheds

 

Professional Experience

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2006-Current)

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

   ·  Conduct in situ isotopic and isotopomer analyses to determine the contribution of nitrification and

      denitrification to N2O production from soils

   ·  Participate in research that involves characterizing dissolved organic matter in streams and developing

      new methods of measuring d18O from water using the membrane inlet method

 

Research Technician III (2000-2002)

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC

   ·  Managed research investigating the feasibility of using constructed wetlands for treating coal waste

      from a coal-fired power plant

-  Examined water quality and the effects of metals on aquatic plants and microbial communities

   ·  Participated in a multi-organization project evaluating the impacts of military activity and forest

     management on soil nitrogen dynamics and plant communities

   ·  Chemical coordinator of an analytical chemistry laboratory responsible for quality assurance and

     conducting analyses on the following instruments: N/P auto-analyzer, ion chromatograph, total organic

      carbon analyzer, mass spectrophotometer and C/N elemental analyzer

  

Nature Center Intern (1999)

Fallwood Nature Center, Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District, Martinsville, IN

   ·  Surveyed wildlife and plant communities in wetland and forested ecosystems for the development of

      land-use management plans and interactive nature guides

   ·  Led nature tours for elementary school students

 

Biological Science Aide (1998)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pasture Systems and Watershed Research Laboratory, University Park, PA

   ·  Examined the biological integrity of agricultural streams throughout Pennsylvania using bioassessment

      tools for stream habitats and aquatic insects

   ·  Assisted in soil analyses investigating nitrogen processes in agricultural pastures

 

Wildlife Biologist Intern (1997)

U.S. Forest Service, Saco Ranger Station, Conway, NH

   ·  Participated in the Audubon Society’s Breeding Bird Survey

   ·  Conducted stream habitat and biodiversity surveys for fish, aquatic insects, amphibians and small

      mammals

 

Selected Scholarly Contributions

 

Refereed Journal Publications

   ·  Opdyke, M.R., M.B. David, and B.L. Rhoads, Spatial variability of sediment denitrification in relation to stream geomorphology in headwater agricultural streams, submitted to Journal of Environmental Quality.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R., and M.B. David, Factors influencing sediment denitrification in agricultural streams:

      Evaluating seasonal patterns and sediment characteristics, submitted to Aquatic Sciences.

      2005.

 

Conference Proceedings Publications

   ·  Opdyke, M.R., M.B. David, and B.L. Rhoads (2005), Linking denitrification to channel geomorphology

      in agricultural streams, in North American Benthological Society proceedings, pp. 253, New Orleans,

      LA, 22-27 May 2005.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R., M.B. David, and B.L. Rhoads (2004), The effects of geomorphic controls on

      denitrification rates in agricultural streams of east-central Illinois, in North American

      Benthological Society proceedings, pp. 230, Vancouver, Canada, 6-10 June 2004.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R., and B.R. Vermillion (2004), Managing nitrogen and phosphorus in the Midwestern

      United States, in Environmental Horizons proceedings, pp. 30, Urbana, IL, 24 April 2004.

   · Opdyke, M.R., D.P. Coughlin, R.R. Sharitz, and B.S. Collins (2002), Elemental composition in aquatic

     macrophytes from a constructed treatment wetland, in Association of Southeastern Biologists

      proceedings, pp. 198, Boone, NC, 10-13 April 2002.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R. (2002), Nitrogen composition in soils among loblolly pine treatments ranging from

            a mixed, pine/deciduous forest to a recently thinned, 60-year old pine plantation, in Association of

      Southeastern Biologists proceedings, pp. 133, Boone, NC, 10-13 April 2002.

 

Newspapers and Web-based Articles

   ·  Opdyke, M.R. (24 March 2005), University study shows nitrogen removal from local rivers, in

      The Savoy Star and The County Star, Champaign, IL, v. 153, pp. 14.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R. (24 March 2005), Nutrients in Gulf may affect aquatic life, in The Savoy Star and

      The County Star, Champaign, IL, v. 153, pp. 15.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R., D.P. Coughlin, R.R. Sharitz, and B.S. Collins (2001), Nutrient and metal accumulation in

      wetland plants from a constructed wetland mesocosm,

      URL: http://www.uga.edu/srel/ESSite/Nutrient.htm.

 

Presentations

   ·  Opdyke, M.R. (2005), Impact of agriculture on aquatic resources: The Midwestern United States,

      Invited presentation to Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, 5 July 2005.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R. (2005), Why is nitrogen from agricultural regions a concern for aquatic systems?, Invited

      presentation to Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA, 29 April 2005.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R. (2004), Denitrification in Midwestern agricultural streams, Presented at University of

      Illinois Graduate Student Symposium, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 21-30 April 2004.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R., D.P. Coughlin, R.R. Sharitz, and B.S. Collins (2001), Nutrient and metal accumulation in

      wetland plants from a constructed wetland mesocosm, Presented at University of Georgia Graduate

      Interdisciplinary conference, Athens, GA, 31 March 2001.

   ·  Opdyke, M.R. (2000), Microdistribution of benthic macroinvertebrates in a southern Indiana stream,

      Presented at Indiana University Graduate Student Symposium, Bloomington, IN, 5 May 2000.