We train students to foster curiosity about how ecosystems work and their underlying ecology and to pursue ecological research that enhances environmental stewardship. Our research focuses on how best to prioritize restoration, the links between ecosystem restoration/conservation and human well-being in the face of global climate change, and maximizing restoration gains and investigating restoration trajectories at the local, regional, and global scale. We work with non-profit organizations, governmental organizations, land-managers, and the public to ensure our research has on-the-ground applications.
Jones Lab research on the impacts of bison restoration at Nachusa Grasslands is in the news!
Congratulations to PhD student Lyndsay Rankin, who was awarded a grant from Phi Kappa Phi's Love of Learning program and from DigitalGlobe imagery for her work studying island recovery in New Zealand after invasive species removal using remote sensing and drone imagery!
Congratulations to Master's student Angela Burke, who received grants from the American Society of Mammalogistsand Friends of Nachusa Grasslands for her work gauging the response of small mammal populations to restoration of fire and native grazers!
Congratulations to Master's student Heather Herakovich, who received honorable mention from NSF's GRFP, an Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals student research grant, an NIU graduate student travel grant, a Departmental research grant, and a grant from Friends of Nachusa Grasslands to study the effects of replanting and bison reintroduction on prairie grassland birds!
Both Angie and Heather were awarded travel grants to attend the Natural Areas conference and they both won awards for their posters. Excellent work!
Dr. Jones is now a handling editor for the scholarly journal Ecological Restoration.
Dr. Jones and colleagues were selected as a synthesis working group for a proposal looking at biodiversity and ecosystem functioning recovery following ecosystem restoration. The group is meeting five times over two years at SESYNC, sDIV, and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research.