Welcome to the Wise Lab!

Our research interests are diverse and continually evolving. These threads are woven together to overlay the disciplines of community ecology, food-web structure and dynamics, ecosystem processes, and land-management policy.  Our investigations are conducted in terrestrial landscapes of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance.

Currently we are pursuing the following interrelated projects:



  • Biodiversity outcomes of different models of woodland restoration and management as part of an interdisciplinary research project with other ecologists, conservation biologists, research social scientists and urban planners of the Chicago Wilderness Science Team
  • Arthropod abundance and diversity in woodland leaf litter across a range of sites that differ in management history
  • Untangling the structure of spider-dominated food webs utilizing PCR in order to reveal patterns of predator-prey interactions and test food-web theory
  • Examination of different permutation-based multivariate techniques to analyze the results of long-term manipulative field experiments with complex food webs
  • Developing models to aid in selecting restoration options across metropolitan landscapes
Former projects:
  • 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 using diverse research approaches, from field experiments to agent-based modeling






News

  • Spring/Summer 2014 interns/volunteers needed! Doctoral student Monica Farfan has openings left for spring/summer positions to be filled immediately! Visit her website to find out the details!
    Posted Apr 16, 2014, 8:48 AM by David Wise
  • Chicago Marathon congrats! Wise lab grad student, Cristian Martinez, finished the 2013 Chicago Marathon in 3:15:51, a new PR! Way to go!
    Posted Oct 13, 2013, 10:20 AM by David Wise
  • Wise Lab Ecologists in the News! Our own Brook Herman and Lauren Umek are featured in the Chicago Tribune on the topic of Horner Park restoration. Check it out here!
    Posted Oct 2, 2013, 7:22 AM by David Wise
Showing posts 1 - 3 of 4. View more »
Wise Lab Fall 2013
Back l. to r: Matt McCary, Robin Mores, Brook Herman, Susan Alterio, Lauren Umek (Northwestern/Chicago Botanic Garden), Monica Farfan, J. Cristian Martinez.
Front: David Wise.

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
t: 312-355-3231


Wise Lab @UIC