Jinelle Sperry

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

US Army ERDC-CERL
P.O. Box 9005
Champaign, IL 61826
Phone: 217-373-4543 
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Ph.D. 2008 - University of Illinois; Champaign, IL
M.S. 2004 - Humboldt State University; Arcata, CA
B.S. 1999 - University of Montana; Missoula, MT

Research Interests: My research has addressed a wide array of topics clustered around the core theme of community ecology and the effects of human-caused and natural disturbances on multi-species interactions.  Most of my recent work has focused on the ecological factors that influence predator-prey interactions between snakes and birds.

 

Brett DeGregorio

Brett

Adjunct Assistant Professor

US Army ERDC-CERL
2902 Newmark Dr.
Champaign, IL 61822
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Ph.D. 2015 - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
M.S. 2008 - Indiana – Purdue University; Fort Wayne, IN
B.S. 2005 - University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA

Research Interests: My dissertation focused on how climate change altered predator - prey interactions between snakes and nesting birds. All of my research was conducted at the Savannah River Ecology Lab in South Carolina. I defended my dissertation in Spring 2015 and have begun work as a Wildlife Biologist for the Army Corps of Engineers. I work closely with Dr. Sperry to study the behavior of endangered species and community ecology on military installations. Our focus is on explore find innovative conservation techniques to protect wildlife on installations. I am currently leading projects exploring translocation science and the role of environmental enrichment as well as more traditional studies using radiotelemetry to explore the behavior, movement, and habitat use of reptiles.

 

Patrick Wolfe

Brett

Wildlife Biologist

US Army ERDC-CERL
2902 Newmark Dr.
Champaign, IL 61822
Phone: 217-373-5847
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M.S. 2013 - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
B.S. 2010 - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Research Interests: Generally, I am interested in understanding the ways in which animals cope, adapt, and thrive in human-altered ecosystems. My research has spanned the fields of landscape ecology, behavioral ecology, urban ecology, and stress physiology with a primary focus on mammals. In summer 2016, I began work as a Wildlife Biologist for the US Army ERDC-CERL, and work closely with Dr. Sperry and Dr. DeGregorio on threatened and endangered species on military installations.

 

Jason Gleditsch

Jason

Ph.D. Student

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M.S. 2012 - Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA
B.S. 2009 - Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA

Research Interests: I am interested in the relationship between bird communities and plant communities. Specifically, I am investigating how this relationship effects the behavior, ecology, and evolution of avian species and what role species invasions have in these processes. In addition, I am interested in examining how these two communities influence each other through seed dispersal networks and what this means for community assembly and conservation. Currently I am working on a project taking place on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu trying to answer some of these questions with the exotic bird community there. This project includes collaborators from three other institutions and is a part of the DoD’s environmental science and technology program, SERDP.

 

Valerie Buxton

Valerie

Ph.D. Student

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M.S. 2014 − University of Illinois; Urbana-Champaign, IL
B.A. 2009 – University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI

Research Interests: My research interests broadly include behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, community ecology and conservation.  More specifically, I am interested in how species’ life history and environment interact to influence behavior. I am currently investigating the prevalence and use of social cues in frogs and toads and whether such cues can be used as a management or conservation tool. Though my current work focuses on anurans, I also am interested in how such topics apply to avian species.

 

Sasha Tetzlaff

Valerie

Ph.D. Student

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M.S. 2015 - Purdue University; Fort Wayne, IN
B.A. 2011 - Florida Gulf Coast University; Fort Myers, FL

Research Interests: I am interested in behavior, ecology, and conservation of reptiles. For my dissertation research, I am studying the utility of using environmental enrichment as a tool for promoting natural behaviors and improving post-release survival of head-started Eastern Box Turtles. An overarching goal for the project is to create an effective model — both in practice and cost — contributing to turtle conservation and increasing success of wildlife translocations in general.

 

Sean MacDonald

Sean

M.S. Student

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B.S. 2014 - Humboldt State University; Arcata, California

Research interests: My current project is focused on monitoring the avian communities of several restoration sites for two critically endangered Hawaiian plants (i.e. Cyanea superba superba, Delissea waianaeensis) across the Waianae range on the island of Oahu, HI. More specifically, I am attempting to determine if non-native fruit eating birds readily consume the fruit of these two plant species thereby facilitating the seed dispersal role left vacant by extinct native birds (i.e. ‘O’O, Moa Nalo). Additionally, I am investigating the interactions between heterospecifics and conspecifics of both native and non-native bird species via playback experiments.

 

Brittney Graham

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M.S. Student

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B.S. 2014 - Miami University; Oxford, OH

Research interests: Broadly, my research interests are centered around behavioral and chemical ecology and their implications to conservation. More specifically, I'm interested in exploring the impacts that a variety of ecological and anthropogenic factors have on the evolution of chemical signaling and chemical reception capacities across taxonomic groups. I believe that unpacking the behavioral relevance of environmental chemical cues is essential to the improvement of conservation management and for the reduction of human-wildlife conflict globally. I'm currently investigating chemical communication in anuran species.

 

 

Stephen Tyndel

Stephen

M.S. Student

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B.A. 2013 - Macalester College, MN

Research Interests: I am interested in avian ecology and species hybridization with a focus on conservation. My research will look at conspecific attraction in Golden-winged warblers and examine the relationship between Blue-winged and Golden-winged warblers. The two species share strong genetic similarity, and I would like to investigate how densities of Blue-winged warbler and their vocalizations impacts Golden-winged warbler recruitment, habitat selection, and vice versa. My goal is to improve our understanding of the interactions between these two very closely related species and help provide management guidelines for the declining Golden-winged warbler.

 

Daniel Kovar

Daniel

Lab Warrior

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M.S. 2016 - University of Illinois; Urbana-Champaign, IL
B.S. 2008 - Ohio University; Athens, OH







 

 

Former Lab Members

Dr. Patrick J. Weatherhead - Principal Investigator: Website
Dr. Than Boves - Postdoc: Website
Erika Dittmar - Master's student