1/4/2016: Excited to welcome scientist and explorer Lesley de Souza (link) to the Larson Lab! We'll be developing environmental DNA (eDNA) approaches to tackle freshwater conservation and management issues together.  


I am an assistant professor in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (link). My research focuses on freshwater species, communities, and ecosystems. I am particularly interested in preventing and managing species invasions, anticipating and adapting to the consequences of climate change, and understanding how habitat structure and land use change affects ecological processes. I also work with practitioners to evaluate conservation effectiveness from both economic and ecological perspectives. I have a taxonomic specialization in freshwater crayfish, but am broadly interested in the above research areas regardless of study system. For more information, contact me (link) or view my full CV as a PDF (link).