Bernie Clabeaux

Bernie Maciejewski


Biological Sciences
blm6 at buffalo edu

Research interests

  • Ecosystem resotoration
  • Phytoremediation
  • Wetlands biology
  • Invasive species ecology
  • Conservation biology

Personal statement

My name is Bernadette Clabeaux. I completed my Ph.D. from the Biological Sciences Department in May 2011. I received my Master’s Degree in April 2007 from UB, and my Bachelor’s Degree from Medaille College, both in Biological Sciences. I am an avid outdoors-woman from the Buffalo southtowns, and am very interested in biology, plant sciences, ecology, and environmental restoration. I love to hike and fish with my husband, and am a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. I typically spend one day every weekend on some nearby stream or lake, despite heavy rain or snow. My dissertation was on phytoremediation, specifically involving the utilization of an aquatic algae to clean up contaminated soils and sediments. I am very interested in the role of plants in environmental restoration, and am happy to have been a part of the ERIE IGERT program. I currently reside in Hermitage, PA and am an Adjunct Instructor at Butler Community College and a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.


  • BS in Biological Sciences (Medaille College)
  • MS in Biological Sciences (University at Buffalo, 2007)
  • Ph. D in Biological Scienced (University at Buffalo, 2011)

Publications / Presentations


B.L. Clabeaux, D.A. Navarro, D.S. Aga, M.A. Bisson, Cd Tolerance and Accumulation in the Aquatic Macrophyte, Chara australis: Potential Use for Charophytes in Phytoremediation, Environ Sci Technol 2011, 45(12), 5332-5338

B.L. Clabeaux and M.A. Bisson, Developmental patterns in Chara australis (Characeae, Charophyceae): Apical dominance, pH, and auxin, Charophytes 2008, 1(2), 68–72


Clabeaux, B.  and Bisson, M.A.  Phytoremediation of cadmium-contaminated soils using the macroalga Chara australis. American Society of Plant Biologists Conference 2010. Palais de congres. Montreal, QC, Canada. July 31-August 4, 2010

Clabeaux, B.  The potential for the utilization of the macrophytic alga Chara for phytoremediation of cadmium-contaminated soils. The Green Remediation Conference. Amherst, Massachusetts. June 15-17, 2010