Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Rich Biemiller SREL Graduate Program University of Kentucky Entomology

Rich Biemiller

Ph.D. Student
University of Kentucky

Rich Biemiller grew up in Roaring Spring Pennsylvania spending most of his time in trout streams, fly-rod in hand. He earned a BA from Saint Francis University (PA) in Philosophy with an Ethics Minor. After several frustrating years in the business world he returned to school and received a BS in Biology from Penn State. That was followed with an MS in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where his thesis work focused on macroinvertebrates in headwater stream leaf packs. Rich began work at SREL in the fall of 2010 under Dean Fletcher and was excited to enroll at the University of Kentucky as a Ph.D. student in the Entomology department in the Spring of 2011 under Dr. Chris Barton. His current work focuses on assessment of restoration potential of disturbed upper coastal plain streams by comparing structural and functional stream characteristics. This project will lead to restoration efforts and money being used more effectively and efficiently. His primary research interests include aquatic invertebrate ecology, stream disturbance assessment and restoration, and headwater stream hydrology.