Principal Investigator

Jennifer 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.

Current Graduate Students

Jennifer Alvarez, M.S. Student, 2021 – present. Jennifer earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Northwestern University. She is studying forest dynamics and carbon storage at Trelease Woods, an old-growth remnant in Urbana, Illinois.

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.

Lenarth Ferrari, M.S. Student, 2021 – present

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 the drivers and ecosystem-level consequences of shrub expansion in northern Alaska.

Ilana Zeitzer, Ph.D. Student, 2021 – present
Ilana earned her B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College and her M.S. in Ecology from SUNY ESF. Her interests are plant ecology and mycorrhizae. Specifically, she is interested in how mycorrhizae affect and are effected by the ecosystem.

Lab Alumni

Sam Stickley, Ph.D. 2021. Adjunct Instructor, UIUC.

Matt Candeias, Ph.D. 2021. Curator of Living Collections, Huntsville Botanical Garden.

Ron Salemme, Ph.D. Student, 2015 – DNF.

Sierra Perez, M.S. 2020. Ph.D. student at Indiana University.

Luis Andino, M.S. 2020. PhD student at the University of Waterloo.

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 Michigan State University.

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.