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REU Mentors

legertonwarburton's picture
Conservation Scientist, Soil and Microbial Ecology
Chicago Botanic Garden
lwarburton at chicagobotanic dot org
I am a soil ecologist.  My research projects focus on examining the ecological links between the above- and below-ground biota, and in particular, the roles of mycorrhizal fungi in ecosystem function. Most of my research revolves around three themes: documenting the diversity of mycorrhizal communities; developing a mechanistic understanding of how these plant-fungal interactions affect community and ecosystem processes, and examining the consequences of alterations in climate, land-use, and species invasions on this relationship.  To address these themes...

Adrienne Ernst's picture
PhD Student
Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden
aernst at u dot northwestern dot edu

jfant's picture
Molecular Ecologist, Conservation Scientist
Chicago Botanic Garden
jfant at chicagobotanic dot org
I have been a Molecular Ecologist at the Chicago Botanic Garden since 2003. The focus of my work stems from population genetic theory, but within that area my main interest are pollination, restoration, rare species and hybridization. The ecosystems I have done most of my work in are the Deserts of the western United States and Dry Prairies of the Midwest. 

jfinch's picture
PhD Candidate
Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern University
jfinch at chicagobotanic dot org
PhD student working with Dr. Havens-Young since 2013. Dissertation research focuses on the impact of climate change on early life stages (dormancy break, germination, and seedling establishment) of three common milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) in the Midwest U.S. Other research interests include urban ecology, monarch-milkweed biology, phenology, and restoration ecology.   

aliciafoxx's picture
PhD Student
Northwestern University and The Chicago Botanic Garden
aliciafoxx2014 at u dot northwestern dot edu
Hi! I'm a third year PhD student, and I work on understanding how plants come to coexist with one another in communities; particularly how competition, trait variation, and plastic responses factor in. I think roots are really fascinating, so I study all of the above through their lens. 

Elliot Gardner's picture
PhD Candidate
Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern University
egardner at u dot northwestern dot edu

Norags's picture
Master's student
Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University
nora dot gavinsmyth at gmail dot com
I'm interested in plant responses to climate change, community and population ecology. I'm involved with Habitat 2030 and Chicago-area restoration projects. Returned Peace Corps volunteer Tanzania and Niger.

tjogesh's picture
Chicago Botanic Garden
tania dot jogesh at gmail dot com
Plants and insects comprise the majority of the world’s biodiversity. How has the interaction between plants and insects given rise to the incredible diversity of both groups? My research interests lie in understanding the ecological and evolutionary consequences of plant-insect interactions. Plants interact with the world primarily through the means of chemistry and produce a diverse array of chemical compounds that can serve important ecological functions by protecting the plant from herbivory or attracting pollinators. As a post-doctoral researcher at the Chicago Botanic Garden, I...

mattjohnson's picture
Postdoctoral Researcher
Chicago Botanic Garden
mjohnson at chicagobotanic dot org
I currently work with Norm Wickett as the lead bioinformatician on the Pleurocarpous Moss Tree of Life Project. We are attempting to resolve the evolutionary history of a group of mosses that underwent a rapid radiation 50 million years ago. Our project employs new genomics methods for cheaply sequencing DNA in non-model organisms. In order to reconstruct the relationships among moss species in this group, we develop bioinformatics pipelines to process the raw data into formats that can be used for different types of analysis. Often, the end goal is not the evolutionary relationships...

akramer's picture
Conservation Scientist, Restoration Ecology
Chicago Botanic Garden
akramer at chicagobotanic dot org
My research uses the tools of ecological genetics to answer questions aimed at making ecological restoration practices as economically feasible and successful as possible.

Nathan Lamb's picture
Graduate Student
Northwestern University
nathanlamb2018 at u dot northwestern dot edu
I am a first year MS student interested in pollination syndromes, restoration ecology, and rare plant conservation.

DMullett's picture
Northwestern University
Drakemullett at yahoo dot com

Robert Shaw's picture
Volunteer
Chicago Botanic Garden
louise dot egerton08 at gmail dot com

katherinewenzell's picture
PhD student
Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden
KWenzell at u dot northwestern dot edu
I'm a second year PhD student in the Skogen-Fant lab. My research centers on how geographic variation in floral traits relates to differences in local pollinators, and how that shapes gene flow and genetic structure among plant populations. I'm currently studying how these factors shape population genetics and phenotypic divergence in the Indian paintbrushes (Castilleja). My work focuses on Castilleja sessiliflora, which shows dramatic variation in floral color (from pink to yellow to white) across its range, and which is the first...

nwickett's picture
Conservation Scientist, Genomics and Bioinformatics
Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern University
nwickett at chicagobotanic dot org

Jordan Wood's picture
Masters Student
Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden
jordanwood2015 at u dot northwestern dot edu

Chris Woolridge's picture
Graduate Student
Chicago Botanic Garden/Northwestern University
christopherwoolridge2017 at u dot northwestern dot edu
I'm a first year Master's student interested in incorporating climate change predictions to better inform seed sourcing decisions for ecological restoration efforts.

nzerega's picture
Systematist & Director, Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation
Chicago Botanic Garden
n-zerega at northwestern dot edu

kristopherbonefont's picture
Masters Student
Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden
kristopherbonefont2017 at u dot northwestern dot edu

rgoad's picture
Manager, Plants of Concern
Chicago Botanic Garden
rgoad at chicagobotanic dot org

pherendeen's picture
Co-Director of Division of Plant Science and Conservation, Director of Academic Partnerships, Senior Scientist
Chicago Botanic Garden
pherendeen at chicagobotanic dot org

fherrera's picture
PhD
Chicago Botanic Garden
fherrera at chicagobotanic dot org

OlgaKildisheva's picture
Graduate Student
Kings Park Australia
olga dot kildisheva at gmail dot com

rlevin's picture
Assistant Professor
Amherst College
rlevin at amherst dot edu

awhite's picture
Northwestern University
abigailwhite2016 at u dot northwestern dot edu

ewwilli's picture
Adjunct Conservation Scientist
Chicago Botanic Garden
ewwilli at gmail dot com
I'm interested in genetic diversity at different scales with the aim of improving conservation and restoration.

jzeldin's picture
Graduate Student
Chicago Botanic Garden
jacobzeldin2015 at u dot northwestern dot edu

Lynnaun's picture
Graduate Student
Chicago Botanic Garden / Northwestern University
lynnaunjohnson2018 at u dot northwestern dot edu

bkirschn's picture
Director of Restoration Ecology
Chicago Botanic Garden
bkirschn at chicagobotanic dot org

gmueller's picture
Negaunee Foundation Vice President, Science
Chicago Botanic Garden
gmueller at chicagobotanic dot org

btsang's picture
Project Manager, Ecologist
Chicago Park District
Byron dot Tsang at ChicagoParkDistrict dot com

seana's picture
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
skwalsh at hawaii dot edu

kmschreiner's picture
Postdoctoral Researcher Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northwestern University
kathryn dot schreiner at northwestern dot edu

ywang's picture
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northwestern University
yun-wang at northwestern dot edu

eyates's picture
Seed Bank Coordinator, Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank Conservation GIS Lab Manager
Chicago Botanic Garden
eyates at chicagobotanic dot org

dsollenberger's picture
Ecologist and Seed Bank Coordinator, Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank
Chicago Botanic Garden
dsollenberger at chicagobotanic dot org