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.
Congratulations to Master's student Stephanie Kong, who is one of four Master's student to receive an NIU Biology department grant for her work gauging the role of seabirds in island recovery following invasive rodent removal in New Zealand! She is also one of just six Northern Illinois Graduate Students to receive a prestigious University Fellowship! Way to go, Steph!
Congratulations to Master's student Heather Herakovich, who received the first place student research award from the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals, a Graduate Student Travel Grant from NIU, honorable mention from NSF's GRFP, and a grant from Friends of Nachusa Grasslands to study the effects of replanting and bison reintroduction on prairie grassland birds. Excellent work, Heather!
Dr. Jones received a Resarch and Artistry grant from NIU to look at seabirds' role in island recovery following invasive species removal.
Dr. Jones and collaborator Peter Kappes just published a paper at Biodiversity and Conservation entitled Integrating Seabird Restoration and Mammal Eradications Programs on Islands to Maximize Conservation Gains.
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 will convene beginning in February 2014 and continuing over two years at SESYNC, sDIV, and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research.