Jennifer Fraterrigo, 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
Lenarth earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Zamorano University in Honduras. After working as an intern at the University of Illinois, Lenarth joined the Fraterrigo Lab to study nutrient hotspots in agricultural systems. A primary goal of his research is to reduce nutrient loss by improving the spatial characterization of nutrient distributions through the incorporation of geospatial information.
Dan Marshalla, M.S. Student, 2022 – present
Dan earned his B.S in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame. His research examines the role of fire history in tree regeneration in grass-invaded forests within the Central Hardwoods Region.
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.
Sam Stickley, Ph.D. 2021. Teaching Assistant Professor, NRES, UIUC.
Matt Candeias, Ph.D. 2021. Curator of Living Collections, Huntsville Botanical Garden.
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, National Park Service.
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 Environmental Consultant, DHI Group.
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.