Neil Bernstein


Dr. Bernstein arrives at Lakeside via Mount Mercy University and the University of Iowa. Neil has had an especially successful career as a scholar. Since 2000, he has received over 25 research grants to study amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals and survey public lands, which led to publishing over 18 journal articles. Neil’s current research interests include growth rates, habitation, and home range of the ornate box turtle and sand dune succession following the removal of conifer plantation.

Lori Biederman


Alex Braidwood


Iowa State University
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Assistant Professor, Sustainable Environments

Research Interests
Interaction design; sound art; audio ecology; noise related issues in populated urban environments; mobile device use in public spaces;

Current project and process information can be found on my website:
and research blog:

(515) 294-6251

Lee Burras


Jim Colbert


Lisa Dill


John Doershuk

State Archaeologist

 A face familiar to the Office of the State Archeologist staff and to many throughout Iowa, Doershuk took over as State Archaeologist and OSA Director on July 1, 2007. John Doershuk will serve as the 6th State Archaeologist following such directors as Bill Green, Duane Anderson, and Marshall McKusick. He is replacing Steve Lensink who ably served as Interim Director since November 2005.


Mark Edlund


Adjunct Faculty Appointments 
Biology Faculty, National University of Mongolia 
Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota

Assistant Professor (Visiting)
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms

Dr. Edlund's research interests have developed around aquatic biology and algae, especially the diatoms. Diatoms are microscopic algae characterized by their ornate cell walls made of opaline silica, or biologically produced glass. 

Edlund uses diatoms to pursue these research and teaching areas:
-Historical environmental change-paleolimnology
-Ecological change in large lakes
-Biodiversity and ecological change in ancient lakes and landscapes
-Life history strategies
-TEACHING: Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms

651 433 5953

Kerry Howard


Kalina Manoylov


Kata McCarville


Dr. McCarville (Kata) has roots in the midwest but grew up in California. She studied geology at UCLA as an undergraduate, and worked as a uranium miner in Wyoming after graduation. She took a masters degree in geology Colorado School of Mines, working on uranium deposits in the Red Desert basin of Wyoming, and then worked for a number of years in computing and networking technologies at universities and for engineering consulting firms. As a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, she did her doctoral work in avian paleontology of Fossil Lake, Oregon, at the South Dakota School of Mines. Her work resulted in revision of the interpretation for the locality.

Kata is Professor of Geosciences at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, where she coordinates the Environmental Science degree program, which is strongly field-based. She teaches a wide variety of courses in geosciences and geography, including soil genesis, geomorphology, and hydrogeology, most of which have an outdoor component. Her interests span the earth and environmental sciences and often cross disciplinary boundaries. Her current research centers on the role of disturbance in prairie ecosystems, and the origins of the Iowan Erosion Surface.

She enjoys mentoring students, and has supervised student projects in trumpeter swan restoration, wildland fire education, fish species in Grand Canyon, squirrel nest-tree selection preference, assessment of a local shooting range for lead contamination, water quality studies, and GIS-based studies of the distribution of algific talus slopes that serve as refugia for Pleistocene species, among many others. An advocate for diversity in STEM, Kata serves as UIU Campus Director for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM disciplines, and as Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF-funded project called STEM-Pros: Growing More STEM Professionals in the Heartland.


Mindy Morales-Williams


Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

          University of Vermont

          Aiken Center, 81 Carrigan Drive

          Burlington, VT, 05405

Katie Thompson


Paul Weihe


Paul Weihe joins us at Lakeside from Central College, where he has taught since 1998. His education is in biology (ecological emphasis) with a doctorate in environmental science, working in freshwater wetlands. More recently he has investigated the interaction between plants and humans, and is actively embracing modern, student-centered active learning.



Dennis Heimdal

State Hygienic Lab Chemist
712-337-3669 ext 6

Mary Skopec

Executive Director

Dr. Skopec is the Executive Director of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.  Dr. Skopec earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees in geography from The University of Iowa, and in 1999, she completed her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in environmental science at The University of Iowa.  Mary is also a member of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council and the National Advisory Committee on Water. 

712-337-3669 ext 5