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Alum Success

Marci graduated from White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and has been active during her time at LSSU in the Chemistry and Environmental Club, Investment Club, Pre-Professional Society, Honors Society, Alpha Chi Sorority, Learning Center, a member of the American Water Works Association and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and is a volunteer at Pathways Retirement Home. While at LSSU, she has worked at the Learning Center as a tutor and supplemental instructor, learning her advanced tutoring certification and winning the Margaret Hagg Memorial Scholarship. She was a recipient of the Ontario Honors Scholarship for four years. Marci completed her senior research by standardizing a method to fluorescently detect pharmaceuticals and personal care products in drinking water. This study helped to prepare her for her graduate studies at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi to conduct biodiesel research with Dr. Paul Zimba. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry and Chemistry, magna cum laude, with minors in Economics and Mathematics, graduating as part of the Honors Society.

Marci Leanee Savage
2010 Outstanding Graduate
Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Programs

HAZWOPER Certification, just one of the many hands-on training opportunities available for our students
Faculty and Staff
New Faculty
Alexei Iretski, Ph.D

Alexei Iretski

BS 1981, Ph.D 1984, St. Petersburg Institute of Technology, Russia


Barbara Keller, Ph.D.

Barbara Keller

Dean, Professor
BS 1977, BS 1978, BS 1986, Idaho State University
Ph.D. 1995, Montana State University


Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly

Assistant Professor
BS 2008, Arizona State University
MS 2010, University of Minnesota
Ph.D 2013, University of Minnesota


Dave Myton, Ph.D

Dave Myton

Associate Provost, Professor

BS 1980, George Fox College
MST 1991, Portland State University
Ph.D 1991, Portland State University


Benjamin Southwell

Benjamin Southwell

Environmental Analysis Laboratory Manager and Instrumentation Chemist
BS 2002, Lake Superior State University
MS 2013, Central Michigan University



Marshall Werner, Ph.D

Marshall Werner

BS 1993, Cornell University
Ph.D 1998, University of Maryland, College Park


Donna White

Donna White

Department Secretary (II)



Donna White

Derek Wright

Associate Professor
BS 2001, Lake Superior State University
Ph.D 2008, Rutgers University


Megan Kelly joins LSSU as an assistant professor of environmental science. Originally from Saint Cloud, Minn., Kelly studied environmental chemistry at Arizona State University as an undergraduate before returning to Minnesota to get a masters and doctorate in water resources science from the University of Minnesota. She is interested in environmental organic chemistry, particularly the environmental fate of contaminants of emerging concern.

Unique Program

"Our Chemistry & Environmental programs at Lake Superior State University are unique in that undergraduates have access to very sophisticated equipment and instrumentation that is normally reserved for graduate students at larger institutions. Here, students are able to use this equipment to conduct research with faculty mentors. Much of the research in our area is applied 'real world' research which gives students experience solving problems similar to those they may face once they have graduated and are out working. Many of our student alumni have reported back to us that this research experience helped them get into graduate programs at larger universities and helped them to get jobs."

--Barbara Keller, Ph.D
Dean, Professor

Water Guardian Award

The Chemistry & Environmental Science Department and the Biology Department of  Lake Superior State University are the first recipients of Chippewa East Mackinac Conservation District's newest award.  The Water Guardian award will be  presented each year to staunch supporters of protecting water quality. The District recognizes the importance of protecting this precious resource and proactive management to maintain the good water quality found in this area.

Four professors from  LSSU fullfill these qualities. Greg Zimmerman, Barb Keller, Ashley Moerke have been  instrumental in helping the District develop a water quality protection program. They have dedicated their time to pursuits that promote environmental education and have provided valuable technical assistance and student technicians to gather important data.


Impact in the real world...

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold

What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty. "I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans." [ more ]

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