Donald Huggins

Donald Huggins
  • Senior Scientist
  • Director, Central Plains Center for BioAssessment

Contact Info

35A Higuchi Hall


B.A. in Chemistry and Biology, Westmar College, 1966
M.S. in Ecology (Fisheries Biology), Iowa State University, 1968
Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science (School of Engineering), University of Kansas, 1990


Don’s major research interests are in ecotoxicology and community and ecosystem assessment of anthropogenic perturbations.  His current research efforts are being directed toward assessment of the effects of watershed-level influences on stream ecosystems.  He is investigating potential threshold responses in stream ecosystems from sediment and nutrient enrichment.  One of his new areas of interests is impacts of road networks to the hydrology and ecology of headwater streams, and he continues to be interested in and use Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and piecewise regression is ecosystem studies. He continues to work in playa and floodplain wetlands, and his new efforts focus on applicability of farm pond conversions to wetland functions for water quality benefits within agricultural landscapes.

Research interests:

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Entomology