Prospective Grad Students: The Wise Lab is not accepting applications for the coming academic year, as the lab is now full

Our research interests range across several disciplines: behavioral ecology, community ecology, food-web structure and dynamics, ecosystem processes, and land-management policy. Our current field work is conducted on lands of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance and in forests of southern Indiana. Our modelling research is conducted with colleagues in Almeria, Spain.

Currently we are pursuing the following projects:

  • Modelling of ecological-evolutionary processes in soil food webs
  • Effects of anthrophonies (human-caused noise) on the mating calls of frogs
  • Impact of changes in the microbial resource base on the structure of the below-ground arthropod community
  • Abundance and diversity of insects, spiders and other invertebrates in woodland leaf litter across a range of sites that differ in management and restoration history
  • Behavior of different distance functions with unconstrained and constrained ordinations
  • Developing models to aid in selecting restoration options across metropolitan landscapes

Some former projects:

  • Response of the below-ground arthropod community to changes in detrital input
  • Impact of invasive garlic mustard on bottom-up control processes in the fungal based below-ground food web
  • Untangling the structure of spider-dominated food webs utilizing real-time PCR to reveal patterns of predator-prey interactions and test food-web theory
  • Causes and below-ground consequences of invasion of Chicago-area woodlands by an exotic shrub, European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
  • Investigating the effectiveness of different techniques of invasive-species removal and control
  • Relationship between variation in the structure and decision-making processes of land-management organizations and biodiversity outcome -- as part of an interdisciplinary research project with other ecologists, conservation biologists, research social scientists and urban planners of the Chicago Wilderness Science Team


  • Undergrad volunteer opportunities!
    While some grad students in our lab have filled their volunteer openings, some still have not, or are looking for someone later this fall semester. Please check out these openings on our grad students' webpages!
    Posted Oct 26, 2016, 11:27 AM by David Wise
  • Volunteer Opportunities Studying Frogs!
    Interested in the ecology of amphibians? Check out this opportunity to volunteer with grad student Nolan Bielinski:
    Posted Apr 12, 2016, 12:27 PM by David Wise
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Wise Lab Fall 2017

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For Undergraduate Research opportunities in our lab check here.

Ecology & Evolution Group
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
845 W. Taylor St. (MC 066), Rm. 1454
Chicago, IL 60607
t: 312-355-3231

Wise Lab @UIC