The lab welcomes visiting scholar Chang Liu, who will be at UIC for one year. She is visiting from Henan Agricultural University in Zhengzhou, China
Congratulations to Elsa, who had another paper from her dissertation accepted. "Management effects on plant community and functional assemblages in Chicago’s vacant lots" is forthcoming in Applied Vegetation Science
Bianca's paper from her SESYNC postdoc came out in Landscape & Urban Planning - an interesting look at where people observe birds in Chicago. PDF here
We're looking for a postdoc to study urban power line corridors. See more details here
Our 2nd paper about vegetation in Boston yards and gardens has been accepted in Landscape Ecology! This work is in collaboration with Alessandro Ossola, Dexter Locke, and Brenda Lin. PDF here. One more paper is in the works from this very cool dataset, about spatial patterns in yard vegetation.
Emily just completed a week-long NetLogo course with Volker Grimm and Steve Railsback, through Physalia Courses. I'm looking forward to getting started on my own project!
Emily was awarded a grant from NSF to synthesize lab data on biodiversity in residential yards and gardens!
Congratulations to Bianca on her new job as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Studies at the New School in NYC!
Our paper about long-term changes in an urban forest community is out! It's been a great collaboration with DuPage County Forest Preserves, and other related papers are currently in the works. Congratulations and many thanks to Maryam for her hard work on this cool but challenging dataset. PDF
Congratulations to Alexis for publishing the first chapter of her dissertation, and for highlighting the value of urban cemeteries for cavity nesting birds. Great work! https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/12/3258
Emily had a great time in Toronto at the meeting for the Global Urban Biological Invasion Consortium. What an impressive group of researchers and an exciting topic - thanks very much to Marc Cadotte for putting this together.
Maryam, Bianca, and Emily will be at the Landscape Ecology conference in Fort Collins, April 7-11 (http://www.usiale.org/annual-meeting.html). Looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new people, and learning new things!
Are you an undergraduate student looking for an opportunity to get involved with research in the Chicago area? Are you interested in learning about urban pollinators? Graduate student Lauren Lynch from UIUC is looking for students to help with her research this summer. Learn more about the project and how to contact Lauren on this flier.
Sheryl Hosler will be joining the lab as a PhD student in fall 2019, after finishing her Masters degree at NIU. She was recently awarded a University Fellowship by UIC!
Our lab had a good showing at the Wild Things conference! Alexis gave a talk about her research on birds in cemeteries, and two undergraduate students - Elizabeth Herrera and Jenny Paddack - presented posters.
A new paper just came out in Landscape & Urban Planning, led by Alessandro Ossola and coauthored by Dexter Locke, Brenda Lin, and Emily Minor. This paper is hopefully the first of three papers about vegetation in residential yards and gardens in the Boston metropolitan area. It makes use of a large-scale, high resolution dataset that allows us to look at differences between front, back, and side yards. "Greening in style: Urban form, architecture and the structure of front and backyard vegetation" PDF
Congratulations to Elsa for a successful dissertation defense! Next steps - Berlin, Germany for 10 months as a Fulbright scholar
Finally, the last chapter of David Lowenstein's dissertation has been accepted for publication in Urban Ecosystems! This paper examines how pollinators select from the many floral resources available in urban areas. Here's the PDF.
Elsa's second dissertation chapter was accepted in the same week! Her paper, which will be published in Science of the Total Environment, examines the social and biophysical drivers that affect vegetation in vacant lots. Here's the PDF.
Emily's spending a week at Henan Agricultural University in Zhengzhou, China!
Alexis, Bianca, Elsa, and Megan are at ESA this week
Philip, Alexis, and Emily are participating in the Global Urban Evolution (GLUE) project. Another group had already claimed Chicago, so we are collecting clover in Rockford, Illinois. We were pleasantly surprised to find clover at most of the urban sites we visited. Interestingly, clover was harder to find at the rural sites.
Lots going on this summer! Megan, Benji, Philip, and Yuliana are doing fieldwork; Maryam has an internship at Field Museum; Alexis has an RA and will be writing up our community garden research; Elsa is aiming to finish her dissertation before heading to Germany!
The US-IALE conference in Chicago was great! We broke records in terms of attendance and numbers of presentations. Most of the lab attended; Maryam, Elsa, Alexis, and Benji presented their research.
Two lab members just won awards! Congratulations to Yuliana for winning a Graduate Teaching Award from UIC Department of Biological Sciences, and congratulations to Maryam for winning a Chancellor’s Graduate Internship Award Program from UIC!
Elsa just received a Fulbright scholarship to work in Berlin next year with Ingo Kowarik - congratulations!!
Elsa and Yuliana both won prizes in the departmental photo competition for photos of their research!
A paper from David's work in urban agriculture was accepted in Urban Ecosystems: "Herbivores and natural enemies of brassica crops in urban agriculture". PDF coming soon!
Benji just received the UIC Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award for his proposal ""Dispersal Related Morphology of Ground Beetles in Response to Features of Urban Environments”" - Congratulations!!
Hooray! Matt McCary's paper "Covariation between local and landscape factors influences the structure of ground-active arthropod communities in fragmented metropolitan woodlands" has been accepted in the journal Landscape Ecology. Here's a PDF
The call for abstracts is open for the next Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) conference, which will take place in downtown Chicago on April 8-12. We had a great response to the call for symposia and expect this to be an exciting conference! Read more about the conference here and submit your abstract here.
I would like to welcome two new lab members this fall:
Philip Johnson is a new PhD student in the lab. He received his BS from University of Minnesota
Bianca Lopez is a postdoctoral fellow at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland. Bianca received her PhD from UNC and will be working with me and Andrew Crooks (at George Mason University) to study ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces in Chicago
A warm welcome to the newest lab member, Lyndon Phillip Anderson!! Born on July 28 to parents Elsa and Chris - congratulations!!
Megan is presenting her research at the American Ornithology meeting on August 3rd. She will be speaking in an organized symposium called 'Agriculture, ecosystem services, and avian conservation'. Go say hi if you are at the meeting!
We had a fun day of birding banding at Thatcher Woods with Mrs. Bruce's 4th grade class at Irving Elementary School. See the outreach page for photos
We're gearing up for field work this summer! Elsa will be doing social surveys of community gardeners, Megan will be looking at birds and arthropods in soy fields, and Alexis and Benji will be studying plants, birds, and insects in Chicago community gardens
Congratulations to Maryam for passing her prelims!
Congratulations to Alexis for passing her prelims!
Elsa, Maryam, and Emily are giving talks at the US-IALE conference in Baltimore. Next year, it will be in Chicago!
It's a good month for Maryam :) Her paper about valley oaks, in collaboration with Mary Ashley and Walt Koenig, was just published. PDF
Our paper using InVEST to model urban pollination services, led by Amelie Davis, was just accepted in Landscape & Urban Planning.
Congratulations to Megan for passing her prelims!
Megan was awarded a Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Scientific Research Grant - Congratulations!
Elsa's review paper about vacant lots was accepted to Urban Forestry and Urban Greening!
More good news for Elsa - she was just awarded the UIC Provost’s Award for Graduate Research!
The manuscript from Alex Silva's MS thesis was just accepted in Anthrozoos! Stay tuned for the PDF of 'Adolescents' experience, knowledge, and attitudes toward bees: implications and recommendations for conservation'
A paper we started writing >6 years ago finally got published thanks to the hard work and persistence of Moira Zellner. ML Zellner, D Massey, ES Minor, M Gonzalez-Meler. Exploring the Effects of Green Infrastructure Placement on Neighborhood-Level Flooding via Spatially Explicit Simulations. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 59: 116-128 PDF
David Lowenstein turned in the final copy of his dissertation and accepted a postdoc position at Oregon State University. Congratulations, David!