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Pursuing basic ecological science to help conserve and restore ecosystems


Restoration Lab

Welcome to the Research Laboratory of 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.

Check out Dr. Jones' British Ecology Society Talk!









Lab News

We are looking to recruit a Master's student for Fall 2024, who is interested in studying the dynamics of invasive plant removal at Nachusa Grasslands. The student would be co-advised by Dr. Elizabeth Bach. For more information, see the call and our lab's apply page.


We are looking to recruit 1-2 PhD students for Fall 2024. For more information, see the call and our lab's apply page.

Congratulations to PhD candidate Erin Rowland-Schaefer who received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant for her research on small mammals in prairies! 

Lab Wundergrad Allyson Thompson was named a Yale Conservation Scholar for summer 2023 and did an internship with Sharon Audubon in Connecticut. You rock, Allyson!

Lab Wundergrad Christiana Guthrie did a Research Experience for Undergraduates on our CAPER project and will not be starting as a lab tech!

Congratulations to Lizzy Small for receiving a research grant from Friends of Nachusa Grasslands for her work on small mammal trophic dynamics at Nachusa Grasslands!

Congratulations to Reg Francia, who passed her PhD Candidacy Exam and is a PI for a restoration synthesis grant through the SCore program.

Welcome to your new position in the lab Sam Berk, who's starting a MSc project on plant/bison interactions at Nachusa Grasslands!

Welcome to the lab new Postdoctoral Fellow Katharine Hogan! She's working on the Community Assembly in Prairie Ecosystem Restoration (CAPER) project!

Congratulations to Andrew Dreelin who won a grant for his research on birds and prairie dogs in Montana from American Ornithological Society!

Our lab stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and against racism.

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