Shane Lishawa, BS, MS
Shane is a Research Associate for IES. He began working for Loyola in 2007, when he co-taught STEP: Biodiesel and managed Loyola's biodiesel laboratory. Since 2008, Shane has worked as a full-time researcher.
Prior to coming to Loyola, Shane worked as a field biologist for the State of Wisconsin, where he conducted field biological research and invasive species monitoring and conducted remote sensing and GIS research and mapping. Additionally, Shane has worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan Biological Station and as an environmental educator in Maine.
Degrees: MS in Forestry from University of Vermont (2005), and a BS in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan (2001)
He conducts ecological research focused on the interplay between the invasive species Typha x glauca and biodiversity, plant community dynamics, nitrogen and methane cycling, and Great Lakes water level change in coastal wetland ecosystems. Additionally, he is leading efforts to build the IES Invasives-to-Energy program which is conducting research and program development to facilitate the use of invasive plant biomass for renewable energy production.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Society of Wetland Scientists
Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award. Phase II. $90,000 (June 2013) From pollution to possibility: A sustainable and interdisciplinary solution to biodiesel production wastewater. David Crumrine, Lane Vail, and Shane Lishawa. Grant funds used to develop an integrated biological waste-water treatment facility and to support undergraduate research experiences.
United Stated Department of Agriculture. $28,500 (September 2012) Sustainable urban agricultural education for a food secure and sustainable future: A workshop series. Nancy Tuchman, Lain Vail, Shane Lishawa, Stephen Mitten, and Christopher Peterson. Seed-grant for curriculum development and the development of a Large-scale Comprehensive Initiative grant proposal in 2014.
Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award. $15,000 (September 2012) From pollution to possibility: A sustainable and interdisciplinary solution to biodiesel production wastewater. David Crumrine, Lane Vail, and Shane Lishawa. Grant funds used to develop an integrated biological waste-water treatment facility and to support undergraduate research experiences.
Environmental Protection Agency: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Innovative Environmental approaches. $449,603 (September 2010) A sustainable approach for restoring wetland biodiversity. Nancy Tuchman, Dennis Albert, and Shane Lishawa.
Loyola University Chicago: Core Curriculum Innovation Award. $5000 (May 2008) Core Curriculum Committee and the Provost’s Office. Shane Lishawa and Alison Varty. For designing an environmental studies course that fulfills the University’s Civic Engagement and Leadership core value area.
Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award. $75,000 (April, 2008) Biodiesel Education: Green-collar recruiting and environmental education for the next generation (BE:GREEN). Nancy Tuchman, Daniel Larkin, Shane Lishawa, Alison Varty, and Luke Beasley. Grant funds used start a comprehensive renewable energy high school outreach program.
Lishawa SC, Treering DJ, Vail LM, McKenna O, Grimm EC, Tuchman NC. 2013. Reconstructing plant invasions using historical aerial imagery and pollen core analysis: Typha in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Diversity and Distributions. 19 (1): 14–28.
Lishawa SC, Jankowski KJ, Geddes P, Larkin DJ, Monks DM, Tuchman NC. In Review. Denitrification in a Laurentian Great Lakes coastal wetland invaded by hybrid cattail (Typha × glauca).
Lishawa SC, Treering DJ, Vail LM, McKenna O, Grimm EC, Tuchman NC. 2012. Reconstructing plant invasions using historical aerial imagery and pollen core analysis: Typha in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2012.00929.x.
Larkin DJ, Lishawa SC, Tuchman NC. 2012. Appropriation of Nitrogen by the invasive cattail Typha × glauca. Aquatic Botany. 100 (1):62–66.
Larkin DJ, Freyman MJ, Lishawa SC, Geddes P, Tuchman NC. 2012. Mechanisms of dominance by the invasive hybrid cattail. Typha × glauca. Biological Invasions. 14 (1): 65–77.
Mitchell ME, Lishawa SC, Geddes P, Larkin DJ, Treering DJ, Tuchman NC. 2011. Time-dependent impacts of cattail (Typha × glauca) invasion in a Great Lakes coastal wetland complex. Wetlands. 31 (6): 1143–1149.
Varty AK, Lishawa SC, Tuchman NC. 2011. Sustainability education through an interdisciplinary and service-learning approach. In Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning. Ed. T. McDonald. Stylus Publishing. New York, NY. 35–58.
Lishawa SC, Albert DA, Tuchman NC. 2010. Water level decline promotes Typha × glauca establishment and vegetation change in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Wetlands. 30 (6): 1085–1096.
Lishawa SC, Schubel AT, Tuchman NC, Varty AK. 2010. Sustainability education as a catalyst for university and community partnerships. Metropolitan Universities. 21 (1): 58–72.
Varty A, Lishawa S. Biodiesel education in high schools. 2009. Teaching green: The high school years. Eds. Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn. New Society Publishers. Gloria Island, Canada. March 2009.