John C. Marlin

John Marlin Research Affiliate

One East Hazelwood Dr
Champaign, Illinois 61820
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Dr. John Marlin began at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in 1993 and is a research affiliate as he is now retired. Dr. Marlin has worked closely with various parts of State and Federal Government for over 40 years. He mainly worked on projects of interest to state government, and was the coordinator of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ efforts on livestock waste and sediment removal and reuse as part of river and lake restoration. He was involved with the recently completed state-federal Illinois River Restoration Comprehensive Plan.

Dr. Marlin provides technical and other information to State Agencies and others interested in dredging, river restoration, and some other environmental issues. He also provide volunteer assistance to the campus and others on native plantings and pollinators.


  • B.S. in Biology University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1971
  • M.S. in Entomology University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1973
  • Ph.D. in Entomology University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1980

Prior Professional Experience

  • 1983–1993 Member of the Illinois Pollution Control Board, Chairman 5 years
  • 1971–1983 Founding executive director of the Coalition on American Rivers

Research Interests

  • Issues related to restoring water supply, recreation, and habitat along rivers and streams
  • Soil use and misuse and landscaping as it relates to water demand and sustainability
  • Native plant and insect interactions, especially pollinators

Current Projects

  • Beneficial reuse of sediment, especially for reclamation of old industrial and mining sites

Professional Affiliations

  • Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • National Science Foundation External Work Group on Flood Hazard Mitigation
  • Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission Master Plan Work Team on Navigation and Environment
  • Illinois Division of Waterways Advisory Committee on Lake Michigan Diversion
  • Illinois Environmental Trust Fund Commission
  • Board of Illinois Environmental Council
  • Illinois Interagency Committee on Scrap Tire Management
  • Illinois Hazardous Materials Advisory Board
  • City of Urbana Sustainability Advisory Commission
  • American Mosquito Control Association’s Aedes albopictus Committee

Funded Grants

  • Illinois Conservation Foundation: $15,000 to support sediment issues
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources: $33,602. Provide technical support to IDNR and others on the Mud to Parks Program, the Millennium Reserve Projects, and related sediment and soil issues including transportation and facilitating cooperation between the various entities.

Recent Publications

During the past year Dr. Marlin has made numerous presentations on beneficial reuse of sediment as reclaimed topsoil, establishing native plantings, encouraging bees and other pollinators, and various environmental matters.

  • Marlin, J.C., Laura A. Burkle and Tiffany M. Knight. 2013. Plant-Pollinator Interactions over 120 years: Loss of Species, Co-Occurrence, and Function. Science 29 March 2013: 1611-1615. Published online 28 February 2013 [DOI:10.1126/science.1232728]
  • Marlin, J.C., Ruiz Diaz, D.A., R.G. Darmody, G.A. Bollero, and F.W. Simmons. 2010. Trace metal bioaccumulation and plant growth on dredged river sediment and biosolids mixtures. Water Air Soil Pollution 206:321-333 (DOI 10.1007/s11270-009-0108-7).
  • Marlin, J.C., J.J. Kelly, E. Favila, and L.S. Hundal. 2007. Assessment of soil microbial communities in surface applied mixtures of Illinois River sediments and biosolids. Appl. Soil Ecol. 36: 176-183.
  • Marlin, J.C., R. G. Darmody, J. Talbot, R.A. Green, E.F. Bower and C. Stohr. 2004. Dredged Illinois River sediments: plant growth and metal uptake.  Journal of Environmental Quality 33(2):458-464.
  • Marlin, J.C. 2002. Evaluation of Sediment Removal Options and Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for Illinois River Restoration: Preliminary Report.  Proceedings of the Western Dredging Association Twenty-Second Technical Conference and Thirty-Fourth Texas A&M Dredging Seminar, June 12-15 2002. pp. 131-147.
  • Marlin, J. C. and R. G. Darmody. 2002. Sediments and Sediment-Derived Soils in Illinois: Pedological and Agronomic Assessment. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 77:209-227.
  • Marlin, J. C. and W. E. LaBerge. 2001. The native bee fauna of Carlinville, Illinois, revisited after 75 years: a case for persistence. Conservation Ecology 5(1): 9. [online]
  • N.G. Bhowmik, M. Demissie, J.C. Marlin and J. Mick. 2000. Integrated Management of the Illinois River with an Emphasis on the Ecosystem. In M.A. Marino and S.P. Simonovic, Integrated Water Resources Management (Proceedings of a Symposium). International Association for Hydrologic Sciences Publication no. 272: 365-370.
  • Marlin, J. C. 1990. Tire Regulation and Disposal in Illinois. Proceedings of the Illinois Mosquito & Vector Control Association. 1: 41-42.


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