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!
Congratulations to Master's student Heather Herakovich, who received a grant from Friends of Nachusa Grasslands to study the effects of replanting and bison reintroduction on prairie grassland birds!
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.
Dr. Jones was one of 22 participants to attend the NCEAS Summer Institute.
Dr. Jones received a Resarch and Artistry grant from NIU to look at the roles of spatial scale, surrounding land use, and restoration strategy on ecosystem recovery following major disturbances.