Leslie Dorworth, M.S.

Leslie Dorworth

Office: Gyte 280
Telephone: (219) 989-2726
Email: dorworth@purduecal.edu


B.S. Biological Sciences, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste, Marie, MI
M.S. Oceanography, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Graduate study toward Ph.D., Oceanography, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Research Interests

I am currently working on several projects involving the southern Lake Michigan watershed.  One of the projects deals with changing people’s behavior towards lawn care.  The goal of this project is to reduce phosphorous and pesticide application to lawns and have areas strive for natural lawn care.  Another project looks at a new technique to identify the sources of E. coli in particular those sources that may result in a beach closure.  Other ongoing projects include how land use changes impact the aquatic ecosystems as well as water quality, the impacts of climate changes, rivers restoration, beach closures and how contaminants impact human health and the health of the aquatic ecosystem.  For more information please visit Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant .

Selected Publications

Bird, E., Dorworth, L.E. and R. McCormick. 2010. Climate Change in Northern Indiana: Are you preparing for it? IISG-10-13, FNR -425-W.

Shim, S.M., C.R. Santerre, L.E. Dorworth, B.K. Miller, J.R. Stahl and D.C. Deardorff. 2004. Prediction of PCB content in sportfish using semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs). Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B, B39(2): 263-271.

Shim, S.M., J.A. Lasrado, L.E. Dorworth and C.R. Santerre. 2005. Mercury and Omega-3 Fatty Acids in retail fish sandwiches. Journal of Food Protection. 68, 633-635.

Article for online magazine – The not-so-Grand Calumet: How a river went from diversity to dumpsite.


  • BIOL 49500 – Climate Change and the Environment
  • BIOL 49500 – Aquatic Ecology
  • BIOL 49500 – Invasive Species Ecology