James J. Miner

Wetlands Geologist and Head
Wetlands Geology
217-265-8214 (Fax)


Major Responsibilities: 

Advising state and federal agencies regarding wetland hydrogeology, wetland restoration, and wetland preservation.

Current Research Projects: 
  • Use of bioswales to improve the quality of tollway runoff
  • Hydrogeologic aspects of site selection for wetland mitigation
  • Impacts to the hydrogeology of Illinois Nature Preserves and natural areas
  • Calcareous fens in northeastern Illinois
  • Transportation-related wetland impacts and mitigation
Selected Publications: 

Kay, R.T., J.J. Miner, D.A. Maurer, and C.K. Knight, 2010, Hydrology, Water Quality, and Causes of Changes in Vegetation in the Vicinity of the Spring Bluff Nature Preserve, Lake County, Illinois, May 2007-August 2008: U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5237, 73 p.

Miner, J., S. Benton, K. Bryant, K. Carr, C. Fucciolo, C. Knight, E. Plankell, and G. Pociask, 2009, Comparing the Acreage of Wetland Hydrology Identified Using the 1987 Manual Versus the Midwest Supplement at a Suite of Illinois Wetlands in 2009: Final Program, Society of Wetland Scientists 30th International Wetlands Meeting, Madison, WI, USA, June 22-26, 2009, p. 59.

Plankell, E.T., J.J. Miner, and K.E. Bryant, 2009, Hydrogeologic Characterization of the Former Fish Farm at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Du Page County, Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey, 63 p. (OFS 2009-1)

Fucciolo, C.S., S.E. Benton, K.E. Bryant, K.W. Carr, C.W. Knight, J.J. Miner, E.T. Plankell, and G.E. Pociask (2008). Annual Report for Active IDOT Wetland Compensation and Hydrologic Monitoring Sites, September 1, 2007 to September 1, 2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, Illinois State Geological Survey Open-File Series 2008-3, Champaign, Illinois, 210 pp.

Frankie, W.T., Miner, J.J., Benton, S.E., Pociask, G.E., Plankell, E.T., Stumpf, A.J., and Jacobson, R.J., 2007, Guide to the Geology of Moraine Hills and Volo Bog area, McHenry County, Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey, Geological Science Field Trip Guidebook 2007A, Champaign, IL, 52 pp.

Locke, R.A., J.J. Miner, S.V. Sinclair, M.A. Anliker, G.E. Pociask, B.J. Robinson, and W.S. Dey, 2005, A Method for Estimating Groundwater Contribution Areas for Illinois Nature Preserves and Other Natural Areas: Illinois State Water Survey Contract Report 2005-11, Illinois State Water Survey and Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, Illinois, 67 p.

Miner, James J. and Michael V. Miller, in press, Wetlands Geology chapter in Kolata, D. (ed.), Geology of Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, Illinois.

Miner, James J., 2004, Ground-Water System, in Encyclopedia of Chicago: The Newberry Library, p. 290.

Miner, J.J., and D.B. Ketterling, 2003, Dynamics of Peat Accumulation and Marl Flat Formation in a Calcareous Fen, Midwestern United States: Wetlands 23:950-960.

Miner, James J., 2003, Review of Wetlands Drainage, River Modification, and Sectoral Conflict in the Lower Illinois River Valley, 1890-1930, Book Review 2003-#3: Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 96(3):243.

Miner, J.J., M.V. Miller, and C.S. Fucciolo, 2003, A Hydrogeologic Procedure for Evaluating Wetland Restoration and Creation Sites: Illinois State Geological Survey Open-File Series 2002-5, Champaign, Illinois, 21 p.

Levin, G.A., L. Suloway, A.E. Plocher, F.R. Hutto, J.J. Miner, C.A. Phillips, J. Agarwal, and Y. Lin, 2002, Status and Functions of Isolated Wetlands in Illinois: Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication 232, Champaign, Illinois, 16 p.

Amon, J., C. Thompson, Q. Carpenter, and J. Miner, 2002, Temperate Zone Fens of the Glaciated Midwestern USA: Wetlands Vol. 22, No. 2, p. 301–317.

Miner, J.J., and S.D. Simon, 1997, A simplified soil-zone monitoring well:Restoration and Management Notes, V. 15, No. 2, p. 156–160.