The diversity of biotic communities at the Station provides a natural
laboratory for faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers to
address a number of ecological questions. Research use of the station
is encouraged within the management plan of the facility and should
follow Illinois Nature Preserve guidelines.
Recent research projects
include: native bee diversity in restored prairies, turtle community
dynamics, red-ear slider turtle genetics, fish and mussel species
community/population structure, introduced species biology, Asian
carp hybridization, characterization of benthic invertebrate communities,
and the long-term influence of prescribed burning, other disturbances,
and landscape position on woodland and prairie plant community dynamics.
classes are offered in the summer during two four-week sessions starting
in mid-May. Class offerings vary year to year. Classes are designed
to provide field work and classroom study in botany, zoology, and
ecology for undergraduates, graduate students, senior high school
teachers, conservationists and outdoor educators.
Classes are structured
to provide both lecture material and hands-on experience utilizing
field station equipment and the wide variety of natural habitats at
the site. Students can stay at the field station in our multi-use/dormitory
facility or commute daily. Registration for summer classes and living
quarters begins in February. Due to limited space, registration is
on a first come, first served basis. For information about the Station
please contact Station Manager Jim
Lamer or Station Director Sean
Jenkins and to register for classes contact the Department of
Biological Sciences Secretary at 309-298-1546.