Principal Investigator
Jen Fraterrigo

Jen Fraterrigo, Associate Professor

My work is motivated by a desire to understand the ecological mechanisms that underpin effects of environmental change on bigeochemical cycles and plant distributions in diverse settings so that we can better predict the consequences of human activities for the structure and function of ecosystems at the landscape scale. Ultimately, my goal is to derive knowledge that will contribute to our ability to predict and manage ecosystems under changing conditions. I encourage systems-based approaches to science and interdisciplinary perspectives in my lab. My research efforts span multiple spatial scales, from microbes to landscapes, and take advantage of various tools, from lab assays to computer-based simulation and process models.

Graduate Students
Jennifer Alvarez

Jennifer Alvarez, M.S. Student, 2021 - present

Jennifer earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Northwestern University. Her work focuses on....

Marissa Chase

Marissa Chase, Ph.D. Student, 2019 - present

Marissa earned a B.S. degree in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. Her research interests are in pollinator-plant interactions and forest management practices. One main research goal is to refocus land management efforts towards better ecosystem functioning and wild bee conservation.

Ron Salemme

Ron Salemme, Ph.D. Student, 2015 - present

Ron earned his B.S. in Forestry from Humboldt State University and his M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois. His work focuses on the interactive effects of non-native grass invasion and prescribed burning on tree regeneration, and prescribed burning effects on carbon cycling in eastern deciduous forests.

Justin Vozzo

Justin Vozzo, M.S. Student, 2021 - present

Justin earned his B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois. His work focuses on....

Ilana Zeitzer

Ilana Zeitzer, Ph.D. Student, 2021 - present

Ilana earned her M.S. in Ecology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her work focuses on....


Lab Alumni

Sam Stickley, Ph.D. 2021. XXX.

Matt Candeias, Ph.D. 2021. XXX.

Sierra Perez, M.S. 2020. Ph.D. student at IU.

Luis Andino, M.S. 2020. Research Scientist at UIUC.

Mara Rembelski, M.S. 2019. Research Scientist at BLM.

Weile Chen, Postdoctoral Associate 2017-19. Assistant Professor at Zhejiang University

Shuang Liang, Postdoctoral Associate 2017-19. Assistant Professor at Zhejiang University

Tyler Refsland, Ph.D. 2018. Postdoc at Univ Nevada, Reno.

Denise Devotta, Ph.D. 2017. Senior Limnologist at PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency.

Stephanie Wagner, M.S. 2015. Environmental Assessments Specialist with the Illinois State Geological Survey.

Matt Craig, M.S. 2014. Postdoc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Jinna Larkin, M.S. 2014. GIS/Data Coordinator at Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Jackie Krall, M.S. 2012. Environmental Scientist at Apex Companies, LLC.

Corinne Block, M.S. 2011. Supervisor, Laboratory Support at Thermo Fisher Scientific.