Joseph Arruda

Professor of Biology

Discipline/Specialization: Environmental Biology, limnology, water quality and biological monitoring and assessment, land snails


B.S., Southeastern Massachusetts University; North Dartmouth, MA

M.S., Kansas State University; Manhattan, KS

Ph.D., Kansas State University, Kansas, U.S.A.

Courses Taught

Environmental Life Science (BIOL 113 - online)
Principles of Biology II (BIOL 212)
Principles of Ecology (BIOL 330)
Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment (BIO 502)
Topics in Environmental Management (BIO 502)
Stream Ecology (BIO 515)
Environmental Protection (BIOL 615 - online)
Limnology (BIO 633)


I advise in the areas of environmental biology and ecology. Some students have applied interests and seek jobs in state or federal agencies or for private engineering consulting companies. Others have more interest in research and look for a master's degree with later entry into the job arenas. I meet with advisees at least once a semester for pre-enrollment conferences and otherwise as needed with drop-ins or by appointment or around classes or in the hallways.

Research Interests

I've worked in water quality monitoring (biological and chemical), assessment, and regulation. My interests in water quality continue through contract research projects and various undergraduate and graduate student projects. I maintain the Department's Environmental Quality Laboratory in support of instruction and research in water quality - both chemical and biological. Local sites such as the rivers in the Spring River watershed (Spring River, Center Creek, Cow Creek), the various local strip mine lakes, and the sites of the Southeast Kansas Biological Station (SKBS) have been used for coursework, undergraduate research, and graduate research.

In addition to water quality work, I also maintain and add to a compendium of the mollusks of Kansas including land snails, aquatic snails, and sphaerid clams.

The “Pocket Guide to the Land Snails of Kansas” is now available from the Great Plains Nature Center as paper copy or online at


  • 2017. Arruda, J.A. Pocket Guide to the Land Snails of Kansas. Great Plains Nature Center. Wichita, KS. 69 pp.
  • 2015. Arruda, J.A. Checklist of the Aquatic Snails of Kansas. Kansas School Naturalist. Emporia State University. 61(2). 16 pp.
  • 2014. Corpstein, C., Arruda, J.A., Ford, C., and Jayawardhana, A. 2014. An Assessment of Prairie Restoration at Fort Scott National Historic Site. Great Plains Research. 24:79–99.
  • 2014. Arruda, J.A. The Land Snails of a Partially Reclaimed Abandoned Coal Mine Site. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 117(1-2):15-20.
  • 2013. Arruda, J.A. Checklist of the Land Snails of Kansas. Kansas School Naturalist. Vol. 60(1).16 pp. Emporia State University.
  • 2007. Harrell, T.D., J.A. Arruda, and J.R. Triplett. Aquatic Toxicology of Turkey Creek, Missouri, USA. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 110(1-2):53-60.
  • 2006. Anderson, L. and J.A. Arruda. The relationship between land use and amphibian biodiversity in southeast Kansas. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. 4(1):46-59.
  • 2005. Chambers, D.K., J.A. Arruda, and A. Jayawanda. A Synoptic Water Quality Survey of the Spring River and Its Tributaries. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 108(1-2):47-56.
  • 2001. VanLeeuwen, D.J. and J.A. Arruda. 2001. A survey of the Unionid mussels in six tributaries of the lower Neosho River (Kansas). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 104(3-4):164-177.

Recent Presentations

  • 2016. Stoehr, K., L. Epler, J. Simon, J., and J.A. Arruda. An Historical Comparison of the Effect of Acid Mine Drainage on Water Quality. PSU Research Day.
  • 2015. Thomas, H. and J.A. Arruda. Preliminary Key to the Identification of Aquatic Snails in Kansas. PSU Research Day.
  • 2015. Arruda, J. A. A Preliminary Checklist of the Aquatic Gastropods of Kansas. Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, St. Charles, MO.
  • 2015. Arruda, J. A. Observations from a 54-year Old Collection of Gastropods. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.
  • 2014. Arruda, J. A. Progress Towards an Updated Gastropods of Kansas" Interior Highlands Mollusk Conservation Meeting. Frontenac, KS.
  • 2014. Arruda, J. A. Land Snails of Abandoned Mined Lands in Southeast Kansas. Kansas Academy of Science.
Joseph Arruda
Dr. Joseph Arruda

Phone: (620) 235-4738

Office: 323 Heckert-Wells Hall

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