Curriculum Vitae


Jonathan M. Chase


Professor and Head of Biodiversity Synthesis Research Group

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) 


Deutscher Platz 5e

04103 Leipzig



Institut für Informatik





Ph.D.   1998                Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago 

M. S.   1995                Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, Utah State University

B. S.    1992                School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan



2014-Present               Professor of Biodiversity Synthesis, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity   

                                    Research (iDiv).  Halle-Jena-Leipzig

2014-Present               Professor, Center for Computer Science, Martin Luther U, Halle Germany

2012-2014                  Senior Scientist, Biodiversity Synthesis Laboratory, Saint Louis, MO

2010-2011                  Professor, Dept. of Biology, Washington University
2007-2011                  Director, Tyson Research Center, Washington University
2005-2010                  Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, Washington University
2002-2005                  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Washington University

1999-2002                  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, U. of Pittsburgh

1998-1999                  Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellow, U. California-Davis

2009 Saint Louis Academy of Sciences ‘Innovator Award’

2008 George Mercer Award, Ecological Society of America

2008 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Teaching Award
2005 Graduate Student Senate Special Recognition for outstanding mentoring
1999 American Society of Naturalists Young Investigator Prize
NSF Ecology Panel 2010-2015. Mechanisms of species-area relationships in Ozark glades (T. Knight PI)
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for L. Woods.


NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for K. Powell.


NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for A. Burgett. 2010-2011.


EPA. 2009-2011. Developing Landscape Design Guidelines For Mitigating Human Risk Of Lone Star Tick-Associated Pathogens.  (Allan and Thach, co-PIs)


National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (Santa Barbara, CA).  2009-2011.  A synthesis of patterns, analyses, and mechanisms of beta-diversity along ecological gradients. 


Washington University’s International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), 2009. Agriculture, sustainable ecosystems, and emerging disease: How do contaminants affect the ability of ecosystems to buffer disease? (co-PI with K. Smith and D. Giammar).


NSF-Ecology Panel. 2008-2013.  The role of fish introductions and eradications on pond community structure. (Chase PI, K. Smith co-PI).


NSF-Informal Science Education. 2008-2011.  Making natural connections: an authentic field research experience. (Chase PI, Peter Raven co-PI)


NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for W. Ryberg. 2007-2008.


NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for B. Allan. 2005-2006


Washington University-Monsanto Corporation. 2003-2004. Ecological costs of transgenically modified drought resistant Arabidopsis thaliana. (Chase PI).


NSF-Ecology Panel. 2001-2005.  How do communities assemble?  The role of local conditions and regional processes on community structure.  (Chase PI).


NSF- Doctoral Improvement Grant. 1997-1998. Alternative domains of attraction in pond food webs.   (Co-PI with M. Leibold, dissertation advisor).



Editorial Boards

-Ecology Letters (2002-present; 2005-present Associate Editor for Reviews and Syntheses)

-Faculty of 1000 Contributor in Biodiversity and Community Ecology (2006-2011)

-American Naturalist (2002-2006)

Grant Panels
I have served on 6 NSF Panels in the Division of Environmental Biology. 

Professional Societies

Ecological Society of America
 American Society of Naturalists

Postdoctoral Associates:

Jonathan Myers (2010-2011). Currently, Assistant Professor, Washington University

Brian Allan (2009-2010).  Currently Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

Kevin Smith (2007-2008). Currently Associate Director, Tyson Research Center

James Vonesh (2005-2006).Currently Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Pete VanZandt (2003- 2006). Currently, Assistant Professor, Birmingham Southern College

Orjan Ostman (2004-2005 ).  Currently Assistant Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Jamie Kneitel (2002-2004).  Currently Associate Professor at California State Univ., Sacramento


Graduate Students Major Advisor:


Amber Burgett, Ph.D. (2011). “Complex life-cycles and landscape structure”

Wade Ryberg, Ph.D. (2009). “Metacommnity dynamics in Ozark glade food webs”

Brian Allan, Ph.D. (2009). “Landscape effects on ticks and tick-borne disease risk”

Julia Butzler, M.S. (2001; U. Pittsburgh).  “Effects of nutrient variability on aquatic ecosystems”

Emily Johannes, M.S. (2002; U. Pittsburgh).  “Metacommunities and ecosystem functioning”


Graduate Student Rotations and Committees:

Served as rotation advisor for 14 students in the Ecology, Evolution and Population Biology Program from 2002-2011.


Graduate Student Committees:

-Served on the PhD committees of 20 students in the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University from 2002-2011

-Served on the PhD committees of 5 students from other departments at Wshington University from 2002-2011

-Served on the PhD committees of 6 students from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh (1999-2002)

-Served on the PhD committees of 6 students from other regional universities (Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Indiana State University)


International Dissertation Defense Opponent: Johan Lovgren (Umea University, 6/04), Allie Mokany (Australian National University, 8/07)


Undergraduate Research Supervised:

Served as a research mentor for 46 undergraduate projects from 1999-2011 at the University of Pittsburgh and Washington University



2003-2010                  Community Ecology (Bio 419)

2007, 2008, 2009        Ecology and Environmental Science (Bio. 524). 

2005, 2007, 2009        Experimental Ecology Laboratory (Bio. 4193). 

2002, 2004                  Seminar in Population Ecology (Bio 580; Washington University).

2001, 2002                  General Ecology (Biosci, 0370; University of Pittsburgh).

1999, 2001                  Graduate Ecology Core Course (Biosci 2500; University of Pittsburgh)

2000                            Graduate Ecology and Evolution Seminar (Biosci 2520; University of Pittsburgh) 1995                            Predator Ecology and Management (Fisheries and Wildlife 5000; Utah State).  1994                            Vertebrate Diversity (Fisheries and Wildlife 2800; Utah State University).