My research interest is primarily in stream ecology. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2009, focusing on Fish and Wildlife Conservation. While an undergraduate, I worked as a Field Technician at the Illinois Natural History Survey where I conducted fish and mussel surveys across Illinois. I received my Master's Degree from Western Illinois University in 2011. While working toward my Master's, the focus of my research was performing freshwater mussel surveys of the Spoon and La Moine Rivers and examining the effects of basin land-use on mussel communities. I am happy to be back at the University of Illinois as a Research Scientist at the INHS working on the Fishes of Champaign County project.
As an avid angler and staunch supporter of recreational angling opportunities, my research interests focus on the conservation of sport fisheries. Recreational angling not only boasts significant economic merit, but also aesthetic, spiritual, and cultural value. However, preserving this activity for generations to come relies on sound, science-based management. My goal is to bring knowledge I have gained through experience to guide management practices. Read more...
Julie E. Claussen, Fisheries Biologist
Lynnette Miller-Ishmael, Data Coordinator
Bob Illyes, Research Programmer
Tommie McNamara, Database Manager, Webmaster
Kim Stanhope, Outreach Coordinator
Zachary Zuckerman, Pond Site Manager
Each field season, our lab provides internships to undergraduate students to gain valuable experience in fisheries field ecology. Through our collaboration with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries, we place students side by side with professional fisheries managers to assist with extensive field sampling of fish populations throughout Illinois. Our interns gain valuable, real-world experience in fisheries ecology and are an important part of many of the fisheries research and management activities throughout the state of Illinois.
If you're interested in learning more about becoming an intern for our Lab, please contact Jeff Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Interns this year:
Josh Sherwood – Received his M.S. from Western Illinois University
Zachary Zuckerman – Received his M.S. at University of Illinois in Dr. Cory Suski’s lab.
Pat Wilkins – Working on M.S. at University of Illinois in Dr. Yong Cao's lab.