Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Our People

Nancy Tuchman, PhD

Title/s: Founding Dean, Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Specialty Area: Biology, Aquatic Ecosystem Function, Global Climate Change, Invasive Species, Human Impacts

Office #: BVM Hall 307

Phone: 773.508.2475

E-mail: ntuchma@luc.edu

CV Link: Tuchman CV March 2017


Nancy Tuchman spent the first 14 years of her career as a Professor of Aquatic Ecology in the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago. In 2002–2003 she served as a Program Officer in the Ecosystem Studies Program at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C., then returned to Loyola to serve as the Associate Provost for Research for five years (2004–08). In 2005 she founded and directed the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP) at Loyola. From 2010–2013 she served as the University's Vice Provost before being appointed Founding Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES).

Her vision for IES is to raise public awareness of the unsustainable consumption of Earth’s natural resources with the goal of transforming behavior, developing policy, and inspiring and preparing next generation of science-based environmental leaders. To that end, IES engages students, faculty, staff and administrators in activities designed to lower our campus consumption of energy and natural resources, and reduce our waste production. Under Tuchman’s direction, IES has developed several flagship programs including producing biodiesel which converts waste vegetable oil into fuel and uses it in our intercampus shuttle buses; using waste glycerin to produce soap which is being sold in our campus stores; and growing food organically at our 4-acre student run farm and on our urban campus gardens.

Tuchman’s research focuses on human impacts on aquatic ecosystem structure and function. Her work has spanned from investigating the effects of greenhouse gases on stream ecosystem food webs, to the impacts of invasive plant and animal species on Great Lakes coastal ecosystems, to the effects of emerging contaminants such as plasticizers (Bisphenol-A), and pharmaceuticals (e.g. antibiotics and endocrine disruptors) on streams and lakes. Working with students in research is one of the most rewarding aspects of Tuchman’s career. Throughout her 25-year career at Loyola, she has mentored or co-mentored 74 undergraduate students in individual research projects, and 34 graduate students.


  • PhD Aquatic Ecology, 1988. University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Dissertation title: Effects of different intensities and frequencies of disturbance by snail herbivory on periphyton succession. Advisor: Dr. R. Jan Stevenson (now at Michigan State Univ.).
  • MS Aquatic Ecology, 1983. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Thesis title: Effects of agricultural land use on leaf litter processing rates in central Michigan streams. Advisor: Dr. Robert H. King.
  • BS Biology with Ecology emphasis, 1980 (cum laude). Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Lawrence B.A., Lishawa S.C., Hurst N., Castillo B.T., Tuchman N.C. 2017. Wetland invasion by Typha x glauca increases soil methane emissions. Aquatic Botany. 137 (1): 80-87.
  • Lawrence B.A., Bourke K., Lishawa S.C., Tuchman N.C. 2016. Typha invasion associated with reduced aquatic macroinvertebrate abundance in northern Lake Huron coastal wetlands. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42 (6): 1412-1419.
  • Lawrence B.A., Lishawa S.C., Rodriguez Y., Tuchman N.C. 2016. Herbicide management of invasive cattail (Typha × glauca) increases porewater nutrient concentrations. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 24 (4): 457-467.
  • Lishawa, S.C., Lawrence B.A., Albert D.A., Tuchman N.C. 2015. Biomass harvest of invasive Typha promotes plant diversity in a great Lakes coastal wetland. Restoration Ecology. 23 (3): 228-237.
  • Lishawa, S.C., K.J. Jankowski-Giefer, P. Geddes, D.J. Larkin, A.M. Monks, and N.C. Tuchman. 2014. Denitrification in a Laurentian Great Lakes coastal wetland invaded by hybrid cattail (Typha × glauca). Aquatic Sciences. 76 (4): 483-495.
  • Kelly, J.J., E. Peterson, J. Winkelman, T. Walter, S.T. Rier and N.C. Tuchman, 2013. Elevated atmospheric CO2 impacts abundance and diversity of nitrogen cycling functional genes in soil. Microbial Ecol. 65: 394-404.
  • Lishawa, S.C., D.J. Treering, L.M. Vail, O. McKenna, E.C. Grimm, N.C. Tuchman. 2013 Reconstructing plant invasions using historical aerial imagery and pollen core analysis: Typha in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Diversity & Distributions. 19: (1):14-28.
  • Larkin, D.J., S.C. Lishawa and N.C. Tuchman. 2012. Appropriation of Nitrogen by the Invasive Cattail Typha × glauca. Aquatic Botany 100 (2012): 62-66.

For a complete list of publications, grants and awards, see Dean Tuchman's CV.