Research

The mission of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and to acquire and provide natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources.  Researchers within the Wetland Science Program support this mission through studies on the flora, soils, and geospatial patterns of wetland and non-wetland communities.  

Selected Publications

Extensive lists of publications can be found within an individual author’s profile under the ‘People’ tab.

Wetland Flora

Botanists within the Wetland Science Program support the mission of INHS by documenting the flora of natural areas throughout Illinois.

Bried, J.T. and S. K. Jog. 2022. Nonnative Species Limitation of Floristic Quality Scores in Wetland Mitigation Performance and Multimetric Health Assessment. Wetlands 42 (1). doi:10.1007/s13157-021-01523

Ebinger,  J.E., W.E. McClain, L.R. Phillippe, P.B. Marcum, and M.A. Feist. “Vegetation of Wind-Blown Glacial Sand Deposits along the Illinois River – A Review.” Eriginia, n.d., article in press. https://illinoisplants.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Erigenia-JE-2021-Pre-Print-1.pdf.

Allen, B.E., E.T. Azeria, and J.T. Bried. 2021. Linking functional diversity, trait composition, invasion, and environmental drivers in boreal wetland plant assemblages. Journal of Vegetation Science 32(5):e13073.    https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.13073 

Bried, J.T., T.S. Fouts, and S.K. Jog. 2021. Searching for indicator species of high floristic quality depressional wetlands in the US southern plains. Wetlands 41(7):96https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-021-01492-9

Jog, S.K. and J.T. Bried. 2021. Taxonomic distinctness poorly reflects floristic quality in a wetland study system. Ecological Indicators 121:107086.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.107086

Janssen, E., D.N. Zaya, B. Molano-Flores, and L. Yao. 2020. Assessment of seed germinability after prolonged seed storage for Synthyris bullii (Plantaginaceae), a rare endemic of the Midwestern U.S.A. American Midland Naturalist 183:115-128.  https://doi.org/10.1637/19-029

Bried, J.T., T.S. Fouts, and S.K. Jog. 2019. Enhanced indicator species performance with increasing contextualization. Conservation Science and Practice 1(12):e127.  https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.127

Bried, J.T., B.E. Allen, E.T. Azeria, V.E. Crisfield, and M.J. Wilson. 2018. Experts and models can agree on species sensitivity values for conservation assessments. Biological Conservation 225: 222-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.07.013

Jog, S.K., J.T. Bried, X. Feng, A.R. Dzialowski, M. Papes, and C.A. Davis. 2017. Can land use indicate wetland floristic quality and taxonomic distinctness? Ecological Indicators 38:331-339.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.03.033

Ebinger, J.E., W.E. McClain, L.R. Phillippe, P.B. Marcum, and M.D. Jones. 2021. Mentzelia oligosperma Nutt. (Stickleaf, Loasaceae): distribution and abundance in Illinois. Castanea 85:307-314.  https://doi.org/10.2179/0008-7475.85.2.307

Bried, J.T., T.S. Fouts, and S.K. Jog. 2019. Enhanced indicator species performance with increasing contextualization. Conservation Science and Practice 1(12):e127.  https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.127

Bried, J.T., B.E. Allen, E.T. Azeria, V.E. Crisfield, and M.J. Wilson. 2018. Experts and models can agree on species sensitivity values for conservation assessments. Biological Conservation 225: 222-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.07.013

Jog, S.K., J.T. Bried, X. Feng, A.R. Dzialowski, M. Papes, and C.A. Davis. 2017. Can land use indicate wetland floristic quality and taxonomic distinctness? Ecological Indicators 38:331-339.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.03.033

Hlina, P.S., M.A.E. Feist, D.S. Anderson, P.B. Marcum, R.J. Schwarting, and N.P. Danz. 2020. Analyzing vegetative cover of the Bois Brule River watershed re-visited in northwestern Wisconsin, Part II: vegetation and land cover change (1852 to 2017). The Great Lakes Botanist 59:24-96.  http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.0497763.0059.102

Molano-Flores, B., L.R. Phillippe, P.B. Marcum, C. Carroll-Cunningham, J.L. Ellis, D.T. Busemeyer, and J.E. Ebinger. 2015. A floristic inventory and vegetation survey of three dolomite prairies in northeastern Illinois. Castanea 80(3):153-170.

Tucker, G.C., J.E. Ebinger, W.E. McClain, E.L. Smith, P.B. Marcum, and R. Jansen. 2015. Marsh vegetation of the Margaret Guzy Pothole Wetlands Land and Water Reserve, Shelby County, Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 108(3):7-12.

Kurylo, J. and A. G. Endress. 2012. Rhamnus cathartica: Notes on its Early History in North America. Northeastern Naturalist 19:601-610.

Marcum, P.B. and D.M. Ketzner. 2012. Lythrum hyssopifolia L. (hyssop loosestrife or grass poly; Lythraceae), a new species in the Illinois flora. Castanea 77(3):270-272.

Marcum, P.B., L.R. Phillippe, D.T. Busemeyer, W.E. McLain, M.A. Feist, and J.E. Ebinger. 2013. Vascular flora of the Sand Ridge State Forest, Mason County, Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 106:39-46.

Phillippe, L.R., P.B. Marcum, and J.E. Ebinger. 2012. Vegetation of Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve, Will County, Illinois. Erigenia 25:23-35.

Spyreas, G., S.J. Meiners, J.W. Matthews, and B. Molano-Flores. 2012. Successional trends in floristic quality. Journal of Applied Ecology 49:339-348.   

Phillippe, L.R., M.A. Feist, D.T. Busemeyer, P.B. Marcum, C. J. Carroll, G.R. Spyreas, and J.E. Ebinger. 2011. Vegetation of forest and savanna communities on glacial sand deposits in northeastern Illinois. Southwestern Naturalist 56:54-60.

Phillippe, L.R., B. Molano-Flores, M.J.C. Murphy, P.B. Marcum, and J.E. Ebinger. 2011. Status of Endangered and threatened sand area species of the Illinois flora. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin 39:259-296.

Sivicek, V.A. and J.B. Taft. 2011. Functional Group Density as an index for assessing habitat quality in tallgrass prairie. Ecological Indicators 11:1251-1258.

Wetland Soils

Wetlands have unique compositions of soil and nutrients that not only are the product of the ecosystem processes and plant succession, but also support future cycles of wetland communities. Soil scientists within the Wetland Science Program document and research the soils of areas where wetlands are delineated.

Tsai, J., M.B. David, and R.G. Darmody. 2014. Twenty-Three-year changes in upland and bottomland forest soils of central illinois. Soil Science, 179(2), 95-102. https://doi.org/10.1097/SS.0000000000000043

Geatz, G.W., B.A. Needelman, R.R. Weil, and J.P. Megonigal. 2013. Nutrient Availability and Soil Organic Matter Decomposition Response to Prescribed Burns in Mid-Atlantic Brackish Marshes. Soil Science Society of America 77:1852-1864.

Needelman, B.A., A.H. Baldwin, W.A. Bickford, R.R. Weil, G.W. Geatz, and J.P. Megonigal. 2012. Why do prescribed burns stimulate tidal marsh plant growth? Burn study fact sheet. 9 pp. Department of Environmental Science & Technology, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. In University of Maryland Publication, 2012. 9 pp. UM-SG-RSN-2012-01.

If you have questions about our soil research, contact Scott Wiesbrook at 217-265-0368 or swiesbro@illinois.edu.

Wetland Fauna

Akçakaya, H.R., A. Hochkirch, J.T. Bried, R.H.A. van Grunsven, J.P. Simaika, G. De Knijf, and S. Henriques. 2021. Calculating population reductions of invertebrate species for IUCN Red List assessments. Journal of Insect Conservation25:377-382.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10841-021-00303-0

Boys, W.A., A.M. Siepielski, B.D. Smith, M.A. Patten, and J.T. Bried. 2021. Predicting the distributions of regional endemic dragonflies using a combined model approach. Insect Conservation and Diversity14: 52-66.   https://doi.org/10.1111/icad.12444

Bried, J.T. 2021. Odonata species diversity, distributions, and status in a rare sand prairie-savanna wetscape. International Journal of Odonatology 24:197-214.  https://doi.org/10.23797/2159-6719_24_15

Siepielski, A.M., W.A. Boys, J. Bried, M. Gómez-Llano, T. Lanzer, and S.P. Tye. 2021. Insect species coexistence and conservation amidst global change. Chapter in Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation. Elsevier, in press https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-821139-7.00026-X 

Bried, J., L. Ries, B. Smith, M. Patten, J. Abbott, J. Ball-Damerow, R. Cannings, A. Cordero-Rivera, A. Córdoba-Aguilar, P. De Marco Jr., K.-D. Dijkstra, A. Dolný, R. van Grunsven, D. Halstead, F. Harabiš, C. Hassall, M. Jeanmougin, C. Jones, L. Juen, V. Kalkman, G. Kietzka, C. Searles Mazzacano, A. Orr, M.A. Perron, M. Rocha-Ortega, G. Sahlén, M. Samways, A. Siepielski, J. Simaika, F. Suhling, L. Underhill, and E. White. 2020. Towards global volunteer monitoring of odonate abundance. BioScience 70:914-923.  https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biaa092

Rocha-Ortega, M., P. Rodríguez, J. Bried, J. Abbott, and A. Córdoba-Aguilar. 2020. Why do bugs perish? Range size and local vulnerability traits as surrogates of Odonata extinction risk. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287:20192645. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2645

Patten, M.A,. E.A. Hjalmarson, B.D. Smith-Patten, and J.T. Bried. 2019. Breeding thresholds in opportunistic Odonata records. Ecological Indicators106:105460.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105460

Ousterhout, B.H., M. Serrano, J.T. Bried, and A.M. Siepielski. 2019. A framework for linking competitor ecological differences to coexistence. Journal of Animal Ecology88:1534-1548.  https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13048

Bried, J.T. and A.M. Siepielski. 2019. Predator driven niches vary spatially among co-occurring damselfly species. Evolutionary Ecology 33:243-256.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10682-019-09975-2

Bried, J.T. and R.P. Hinchliffe. 2019. Improving taxonomic resolution for Odonata in large-scale wetland biodiversity monitoring. Insect Conservation and Diversity12:9-17.  https://doi.org/10.1111/icad.12323

Bried, J.T., S.N. Murray, S.K. Jog, and P. De Marco Jr. 2018. Emergence timing and fixation height in Pachydiplax longipennis (Odonata: Libellulidae) at varying substrate density and sunlight penetration. International Journal of Odonatology 21:181-187.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13887890.2018.1520652

Bried, J.T. and A.M. Siepielski. 2018. Opportunistic data reveal widespread species turnover in Enallagma damselflies at biogeographical scales. Ecography 41:958-970.  https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.03419

Drinkard, M., M. Kershner, A. Romito, J. Nieset, and F. De Szalay. 2011. Responses of Plants and Invertebrate Assemblages to Water Level Fluctuation in Headwater Wetlands. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(4):981-996.

Geospatial

López-Tapia, S., P. Ruiz, M. Smith, J. Matthews, B. Zercher, L. Sydorenko, N. Varia, Y. Jin, M. Wang, J.B. Dunn, and A.K. Katsaggelos. 2021. Machine learning with high-resolution aerial imagery and data fusion to improve and automate the detection of wetlands. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 105:102581.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2021.102581

DeLancey, E.R., J. Kariyeva, J.T. Bried, and J.N. Hird. 2019. Large-scale probabilistic determination of boreal peatlands using Google Earth Engine, open-access satellite data, and machine learning. PLoS ONE 14(6):e0218165.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0218165

Skultety, D. and J.W. Matthews. 2017. Urbanization and roads drive non-native plant invasion in the Chicago Metropolitan region. Biological Invasions 19:2553-2566. doi: 10.1007/s10530-017-1464-7

Matthews, J.W., D. Skultety, B. Zercher, M.P. Ward, and T.J. Benson. 2016. Field verification of original and updated National Wetlands Inventory maps in three metropolitan areas in Illinois, USA. Wetlands 36:1155–1165. doi: 10.1007/s13157-016-0836-6.

IDOT Wetland Database

The Wetland Science Program data can be requested by contacting Brian Wilm at wilm@illinois.edu with permission from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  This data includes plant, soil, and hydrology information for delineated wetlands and monitoring information for restored wetlands.   

Bried, J.T. and S.K. Jog. 2022. Nonnative species limitation of floristic quality scores in wetland mitigation performance and multimetric health assessment. Wetlands 42(1):3.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-021-01523-5 

Matthews, J.W. and A.G. Endress. 2008. Performance Criteria, Compliance Success, and Vegetation Development in Compensatory Mitigation Wetlands. Environmental Management 41, 130–141. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-007-9002-5

Gage, E., D.J. Cooper, and R. Lichvar. 2020. Comparison of USACE Three-Factor Wetland Delineations to National Wetland Inventory Maps. Wetlands. 40, 1097-1105. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-019-01234-y 

Wetland Restoration

The National Wetlands Inventory estimates that about half of the original wetland area in the conterminous United States has been lost to agriculture and development.  Wetland restoration projects aim to re-create or repair wetlands, restoring wetland biota and ecosystem functions.  Papers published by the Wetland Science Program have addressed how wetland restoration progress can be best assessed and have identified ecological factors leading to restoration success or failure.

Tillman, S.C., G. Spyreas, A. Olnas, and J.W. Matthews. 2022. Plant communities in wetland mitigation banks surpass the quality of those in the most degraded, naturally occurring wetlands, but fall short of high-quality wetlands. Ecological Engineering 176:106526.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106526 

Matthews, J.W., S. McIntyre, A.L. Peralta, and C. Rodgers. 2020. Long-term assessment of alternative strategies for the restoration of floodplain forest in the presence of an invasive grass, Phalaris arundinacea. Wetlands 40:655-665.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-019-01204-4

Phillippe, R., P.B. Marcum, D.T. Busemeyer, W.E. McClain, and J.E. Ebinger. 2013. Changes due to fire suppression in a Quercus velutina Lam. (Black Oak) Savanna at Sand Ridge State Forest, Mason County, Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 106:23-26.

Maron, M., R.J. Hobbs, A. Moilanen, J.W. Matthews, K. Christie, T.A. Gardner, D.A. Keith, D.B. Lindenmayer, C. McAlpine. 2012. Faustian bargains? Restoration realities in the context of biodiversity offset policies. Biological Conservation 155: 141-148.

Additional Publications

Bried, J.T. and A. Vilmi. 2022. Improved detection of mass effect species assembly for applied metacommunity thinking. Journal of Applied Ecology (accepted)

Chavez, E., J. Wade, E. A. Miernicki, M. Torres, E. C. Stanek, C. Subía, C. Caicedo, L. Tinoco, and A. J. Margenot. 2021. Apparent nitrogen limitation of Robusta coffee yields in young agroforestry systems. Agronomy Journal 113:5398-5411.  https://doi.org/10.1002/agj2.20725  

L. L. Iversen, A. Winkel, L. Baastrup-Spohr, A. B. Hinke, J. Alahuhta, A. Baattrup-Pedersen, S. Birk, P. Brodersen, P. A. Chambers, F. Ecke, T. Feldmann, D. Gebler, J. Heino, T. S. Jespersen, S. J. Moe, T. Riis, L. Sass, O. Vestergaard, S. C. Maberly, K. Sand-Jensen and O. Pedersen. 2019. Catchment properties and the photosynthetic trait composition of freshwater plant communities DOI: 10.1126/science.aay5945 Science 366 (6467), 878-881.

Matthews, J.W., B. Molano-Flores, J. Ellis, P.B. Marcum, W.C. Handel, J. Zylka, and L.R. Phillippe. 2017. Impacts of management and landscape context on restoration outcomes in a sand prairie. Restoration Ecology 25(6), 972-981.

Botany class fieldwork in 1893.