Photo of Maud Island

Welcome to the Research Laboratory of Assistant Professor Holly Jones

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.

Lab News

Jones Lab research on the impacts of bison restoration at Nachusa Grasslands is in the news!

Welcome new PhD student Lyndsay Rankin, who will be studying island recovery in New Zealand after invasive species removal!

Congratulations to Master's student Angela Burke, who received a grant from 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. 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.