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Dr Joseph Bidwell

Joseph R.   Bidwell 

Chair and Professor
423-439-4329 /
Brown Hall, Room 125

Research Interest:

My research largely focuses on the effects of human-induced stress on aquatic organisms and systems. I have recently been involved with a number of studies that evaluate the condition of wetlands using both on-site and GIS-based assessments of habitat quality. Additionally, I am interested in the response of benthic invertebrate communities to perturbation and in the energetic costs of tolerating stress at the level of the individual organism.

Selected Publications:

Peer-reviewed Papers
Boeckman, C.J. and J.R. Bidwell. 2008. Status of freshwater native mussels (Unionidae) in the Oklahoma section of the Verdigris River after introduction of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). American Malacological Bulletin, 25:1-8.

Davis, C.A. and J.R. Bidwell. 2008. Response of aquatic invertebrates to vegetation management and agriculture. Wetlands, 28:793-805.

Ligon, D.B., J.R. Bidwell and M.B. Lovern. 2009. Incubation effects on hatchling growth and metabolic rate in the African spurred tortoise, Geochelone sulcata. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 64-72.

Cooper, N.L., J.R. Bidwell, and A. Kumar. 2009. Toxicity of lead, copper and zinc mixtures to Ceriodaphnia dubia and Daphnia carinata; implications for water quality guidelines in the United States and Australia. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 72: 1523-1528.

Davis, C.A., K. Hickman, and J.R. Bidwell. 2009. Effects of varying densities and hydrological regimes on intra- and interspecific competition with Schoenoplectus fluviatilis and two co-occurring wetland plants. Aquatic Botany, 91:267-272.

Toetz, D., J.R. Bidwell, and M. Payton. 2009. Temporal and spatial variation in stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in Lake Carl Blackwell, Oklahoma. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 24:461-467.

Bidwell, J.R., C. Becker, S. Hensley, R. Stark, and M.T. Meyer. 2010. Occurrence of organic wastewater and other contaminants in cave streams in Northeastern Oklahoma and Northwestern Arkansas. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 58:286-298.

Fisher, J.C., J.B. Belden, and J.R. Bidwell. 2010. Can site-specific heuristic toxicity models predict the toxicity of produced water? Chemosphere, 5:542-547.

Dvorett, D., J.R. Bidwell, and C.A. Davis. 2012. Developing a hydrogeomorphic wetland inventory: Reclassifying National Wetland Inventory polygons in geographic information systems. Wetlands, 32:83–93.

Dvorett, D., J. Bidwell, C. Davis and C. DuBois. 2013. Assessing natural and anthropogenic variability in wetland structure for two hydrogeomorphic riverine wetland subclasses. Environmental Management, 52:1009–1022.

Meyer, M.D., C.A. Davis and J.R. Bidwell. 2013. Assessment of two methods for sampling invertebrates in shallow vegetated wetlands. Wetlands, 33: 1063-1073.

Book Chapters
Linder G., C.M. Lehman, and J.R. Bidwell. 2010. Ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles in a nutshell. In: D.W. Sparling, G. Linder, C.A. Bishop, and S.K. Krest (eds.), Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles, Second Edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. pp. 69-103.

Boeckman, C.J. and J.R. Bidwell. 2013. Density, growth, and reproduction of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in two Oklahoma reservoirs. In: Nalepa, T.F. and D. W. Schloesser (eds.), Quagga and Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impacts, and Control. CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL. pp. 369-382.

Bidwell, J.R. 2013. Physical and chemical monitoring of wetland water. In: Anderson, J.T. and C.A. Davis (eds.), Wetland Techniques, Volume 1: Foundations. Springer, New York, NY. pp. 325-353.

Davis, C.A., D. Dvorett and J.R. Bidwell. 2013. Hydrogeomorphic classification and functional assessment. In: Anderson, J.T. and C.A. Davis (eds.), Wetland Techniques, Volume 3: Applications and Management. Springer, New York, NY. pp. 29-68.


Biology for Science Majors III (BIOL1130)    
Aquatic Biology (BIOL4857)    
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