Lab Members

Associate Professor

PhD Student

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD Student (Based at University of Tasmania; co-advised by Justine Shaw, Rowan Trebilco, and Mark Hindell)

PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate (Co-advised by Rich King and Nick Barber)

MSc Student

MSc Student

Angelica Bautista

Undergraduate Student Engagement Fund Researcher

Soil Carbon and bulk density responses to management in restored tallgrass prairie

Sarah Naughton

Undergraduate Student Engagement Fund Researcher

Bison and mouse hair stable isotopes, diet, and niche width

Kaylee Rosenberger

Undergraduate Student Engagement Fund Researcher

Invertebrate responses to mouse eradication on Midway 


Lab alumni

Lyndsay Rankin (PhD '19): Maternity leave (congrats, Lyndsay!)

Heather Herakovich (MSc '15, PhD '19): Nature Programs Facilitator, St. Charles Park District

Peyton Whiston (BIOS '19): Medical Student, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Danielle Doll (ENVS '19): Research technician, Medicino Redwood Company

Ryan Blackburn (ENVS '16, MSc '18): PhD Student, Northern Arizona University

Kirstie Savage (MSc '18): Instructor, Georgia State University Perimeter College

Jeff Heise (BSc '18): MSc Student, Grand Valley State University

Maria Weston (BSc '17): MSc Student, Grand Valley State University

Angela Burke (MSc '16): Conservation/Volunteer Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy
Stephanie Kong (MSc '16): Project Biologist at Sequoia Ecological Consulting
Jessica Fliginger (ENVS '16): Restoration Technician at Pizzo Group
Patrick Madura (MSc '15): Restoration technician at Kane County Forest Preserve District
Alyse Olson (ENVS '15): Environmental resource specialist for WBK Engineering

Little (but mighty) Lab Members

Adalie and Aliana

(Mom Dr. Jones)


(Dad John Vanek)


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