Jeff Matthews, Assistant Professor

Jeff is a plant ecologist. He uses simulation models, field experiments, and observations of plant communities in natural and restored ecosystems to understand the drivers of change in ecological communities and apply that understanding to challenges in restoration.




Edward Price, M.S., Research Assistant

Ed is researching biotic homogenization in natural and restored wetlands in Illinois and across the U.S.  His research has implications for maintaining wetland biological diversity within landscapes.




AbbyPhotoAbby Blake-Bradshaw, M.S. student

Abby is assessing the quantity and quality of wetland habitat in Illinois for waterbirds.  Abby’s research will provide information to guide future waterbird conservation and management efforts.




Stephen Tillman, M.S. student

Steve is conducting an assessment of the performance of wetland mitigation banks in the Chicago region. Steve will compare plant species composition in mitigation banks to species composition in naturally occurring wetlands in the region.



Former students

Jordan Jessop, M.S. 2014, Current position: Biologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dennis Skultety, M.S. 2015; Current position: GIS Specialist, Illinois Natural History Survey

Adrianna Krzywicka, M.S. 2015