3115 Biological Sciences
5047 Gullen Mall
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Research Interest/Area of Expertise
Through basic and applied research, my lab uses aquatic organisms as sentinels of human and environmental health hazards to further our understanding of contaminants in the environment. Furthermore, centered in a largely urban center, Detroit, MI., I approach some of my research through the lens of environmental justice, as often there is a disproportionate exposure of minority groups to environmental pollutants. I have developed new methods and tools, both physical and mathematical, to improve water quality monitoring. For example, our research has been implemented into community-based educational programs to better inform the public of environmental health threats associated with many disturbances that are a focus of my lab.
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- PhD, 2002, University of Wisconsin, Zoology/Ecotoxicology
- MS, 1998, Michigan State University, Zoology
- BS, 1993, Eastern Michigan University, Biology
Awards and Grants
Healthy Urban Waters, Improving Urban Water Monitoring Through Citizen Science. 2017-
United States Geological Survey, Characterization of spawning inhibiting cues to control dreissenid mussels. 2014-2018. PI
Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation, Long-Term Trends in Macroinvertebrate Assemblages and Water Quality in Northern Michigan Streams: 2007-2017. PI
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Reducing Contaminant Risk from Fish Consumption along the Detroit River: Educating Anglers. 2014-2016. PI
National Science Foundation, Huron to Erie Alliance for Research and Training (HEART) Field Station Improvements for Urban Watershed Research and Education 2016-2017. Co-PI
National Science Foundation, Heart Field Center. 2013-2014. Co-PI
Sea Grant, Where People Meet the Muck: An Integrated Assessment of Beach Muck and Public Perception at the Bay City State Recreation Area, Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron 2014-2016. PI
Environmental Protection Agency. Mapping cumulative risks to prioritize prevention efforts 2012-2015. PI
Awards and Honors:
WSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award (special designation
in mentoring undergraduate research), 2017
WSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Chair Development Award, 2015
Partners in Conservation Award, U. S. Secretary of the Interior, 2014
Recognition of Exemplary Service, Michigan Dept. of Community Health 2011
Davidson, A. D., A.J. Fusaro, R. A. Sturtevant, and D. R. Kashian. 2017. Development of a risk assessment framework to predict invasive species establishment for multiple taxonomic groups and vectors of introduction. Management of Biological Invasions. 8: (on-line)
Clements, W.H., D. R. Kashian, P. M. Kiffney, and R. E. Zuellig. 2016. Perspectives on the context-dependency of stream community responses to contaminants. Freshwater Biology. 61(12):2162-2170.
Davidson, A,D., C. L. Hewitt, and D. R. Kashian. 2015. Understanding Acceptable Level of Risk: Incorporating the Economic Cost of Under-Managing Invasive Species. Invasive Species. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0141958. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141958.
Kashian, D. R., A. E. Krause, K. G. Drouillard, L.L.Sano, and B. Nowell. 2014. Capacity building in stakeholders around Detroit River fish consumption advisory issues. Journal of Freshwater Science. 33: 674-678.
Vijayavel, K., and D.R. Kashian, 2014. Evaluation of Clostridium perfringens as a tracer of sewage contamination in sediments by two enumeration methods. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186: 5617-5624.
Stelzer, R. S. and D. R. Kashian. 2014. The role of conservation partnerships between scientists and nonprofit agencies in freshwater science and management Journal of Freshwater Science. 33: 670-673.
Nowicki, C. J, D. R. Kashian, E. van Heese. 2014. Comparative effects of sediment versus aqueous PCB exposure on benthic and planktonic invertebrates. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 33: 641-647.
Stow, C. A., J. Dyble, D. R. Kashian, T. H. Johengen, K. P. Winslow, S. D. Peacor, S. N. Francoeur, A. M. Burtner, D. Palladino, N. Morehead, D. Gossiaux, Y. Cha, S. S. Qian, D. Miller. 2014. Phosphorus Targets and Eutrophication Objectives in Saginaw Bay: A 35 Year Assessment. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 40: 4-10.
Dyble, J., D. Gossiaux, P. Landrum, D. R. Kashian, and S. Pothoven. 2011. A kinetic study of accumulation and elimination of Microcystin-LR in Yellow Perch (Perca Flavescens) tissue and implications for human fish consumption. Marine Drugs. 9: 2553-2571.
Clements, W.H., M.L. Brooks, D. R. Kashian and R. E. Zuellig. 2008. Climate-induced changes in dissolved organic material determine exposure of stream benthic communities to heavy metals and UV-B radiation. Global Change Biology. 14(9): 2201 -2214.
Kashian, D. R., R. E. Zuellig, K.A. Mitchell and W.H. Clements. 2007. The cost of tolerance: Sensitivity of stream benthic communities to UV-B and metals. Ecological Applications. 17(2): 365-375.
Kashian, D. R., B.A. Prusha, and W.H. Clements. 2004. The influence of total organic carbon and UV-B radiation on Zn toxicity and bioaccumulation in aquatic communities.Environmental Science and Technology 38(23): 6371-6376.
I am on sabbatical during Winter Term 2017.
Bio 3500: Ecology and the Environment
PSC/CE 6910 Waste Pharmaceuticals: Environmental Impact and Management
Bio 7110/5100 Aquatic Ecology
Bio 5180 Field Investigations: Molecular Aquatic Ecology
Bio 4130: Ecology
Bio 6190: Special Topics: Ecotoxicology
Bio 1500: Diversity of Life