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


  • Volunteer Opportunities Studying Frogs! Interested in the ecology of amphibians? Check out this opportunity to volunteer with grad student Nolan Bielinski: https://sites.google.com/site/bielinskilab/home
    Posted Apr 12, 2016, 12:27 PM by David Wise
  • Welcome Amanda and Nolan! This semester we welcome two new grad students to our lab, Amanda Henderson and Nolan Bielinski. Stop by to introduce yourself and say 'hi'!
    Posted Sep 10, 2014, 11:48 AM by David Wise
  • Interested in volunteering? 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 ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2014, 11:46 AM by David Wise
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Wise Lab Fall 2014
Back l. to r: Matt McCary, Robin Mores, Brook Herman, David H. Wise, J. Cristian Martinez, Monica Farfan, Amanda Henderson Front: Lauren Umek (Northwestern/Chicago Parks District), Susan Alterio, Nolan Bielinski, Patrick Belenky.

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