Wise Lab has an opening in Fall 2017 for a doctoral student to conduct research on
ecological-evolutionary processes in soil food webs in collaboration with Dr.
Jordi Moya-Laraño of the Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas,
Almería, Spain. The Ph.D. research project will utilize the Individual-Based
Modelling (IBM) platform Weaver created
by Dr. Moya-Laraño and his collaborators at the Universidad de
For the complete position announcement
and project background click here.
Our research interests are diverse and continually evolving.They include the disciplines of 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.
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
- 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
- Arthropod abundance and
diversity 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
- 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
- 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
- Untangling the structure
of spider-dominated food webs utilizing real-time PCR to reveal patterns of
predator-prey interactions and test food-web theory
L to R:: Monica Farfan, Amanda Henderson, J. Cristian Martinez, David Wise, Nolan Bielinski, Jennifer Pajda-De La O, Crystal Guzman, Matt McCary
For additional information, contact any of our group on the "People" pages.
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