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  INHS Speakers' Bureau

 

The Illinois Natural History Survey offers a speakers bureau as a public service to the citizens of Illinois. More than 20 scientists are available to talk to groups ranging in age from kindergartner through senior citizen on virtually any topic concerning the biological resources of Illinois. While the speakers bureau publicizes the work of the Survey, it also performs an even more important function—that of fostering greater public understanding and appreciation of the natural heritage of Illinois. During a typical year, Survey scientists present over 100 talks and programs across the state. Most of the presentations are not "canned" programs, but will be developed for you to fit your time slot and type of audience.

Your group or organization may consider combining several speakers from the Speakers List into a special event, such as a mini-symposium (or a longer program if desired), on a topic or range of topics of interest to your group. For example, various speakers could give 30-minute presentations related to biodiversity in Illinois (birds, insects, fish, mammals), problem insects in the environment and how we deal with them (mosquitoes, immigrant insects), or Illinois threatened and endangered species (prairie or bog plants, bats, mussels). Such diverse programs will help the audience achieve a wider viewpoint and greater understanding of Illinois' complex environment and often daunting environmental issues and concerns.

To reserve speakers, contact the speaker directly.  

 

 

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Steve Bailey

847-217-5975 • sdbailey@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: Critical Trends Assessment Project (CTAP), statewide bird distribution trends in Illinois bird populations, effects of fragmentation and cowbird parasitism on Illinois birds, natural history of owls, and general natural history programs including a variety of flora and fauna

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, 6th–12th grade, teachers

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Tara Beveroth

217-265-7303 • beveroth@illinois.edu

Topics: avian ecology, avian monitoring, field techniques, and bird banding

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, teachers 

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Pat Charlebois

847-242-6441 • charlebo@illinois.edu

Topics: Great Lakes exotic species, zebra mussel, round gobies, exotic zooplankton, and dispersal barrier for the Chicago waterways

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Julie Claussen

217-244-1516 • juliec@illinois.edu

Topics: fish, pond life, aquatic ecosystems, and conservation issues

Audiences: kindergarten–12th grade, teachers

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Kevin Cummings

217-333-1623 • ksc@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: freshwater mussels, aquatic biodiversity, and African and South American mussels

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, college students, teachers

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Ed DeWalt

217-649-7414 • dewalt@illinois.edu

Topics: Conservation of Aquatic Insects, Aquatic Insects of Illinois, Biological Quality of Streams

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, 6th–12th grade, college students, teachers

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James Ellis

217-244-5695 • jamese@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: botany, prairie ecology, ecological restoration, natural lands management, gardening with native plants

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, 6th–12th grade

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Joyce Hofmann

jhofmann@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: Illinois' small mammals, bats, and threatened and endangered mammals

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade

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Jeff Hoover

217-244-2922 • j-hoover@illinois.edu

Topics: conservation of birds, avian ecology, habitat restoration for birds, and behavioral ecology of birds

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, college students

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Mike Jeffords

217-244-9417 • jeffords@illinois.edu

Topics: The natural history of Illinois; insects of Illinois; wildflowers of Illinois; nature photography; natural areas of Illinois; biodiversity; other topics

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Susan McIntyre

217-300-2178 • sdmcinty@illinois.edu

Topics: wetlands, woodlands, vernal pools, ecological diversity, water quality, mammals, studying nature, and human impacts/"walking softly"

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

 

Jean Mengelkoch

217-265-7885 • jmengel@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: bats, mammals of Illinois, and threatened and endangered mammals

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Joseph Merritt

217-265-7301 • jmerritt@illinois.edu

Topics: mammals of Illinois

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, college students, teachers

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Andrew Miller

217-244-0439 • amiller@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: edible and poisonous mushrooms of Illinois and DNA barcoding of fungi

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, college students, teachers

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Jen Mui

217-333-5986 • jmu@illinois.edu

Topics: Biodiversity

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Julie Nieset

217-300-2472 • jenieset@illinois.edu

Topics: Wetland ecosystems, sustainable agriculture, ecological restoration.

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Chris Phillips

217-244-7077 • chrisp@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: Amphibians & reptiles of Illinois; declining amphibian crisis; effects of historical climate change on amphibians and reptiles; Ecology and Life History of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus); Ecology, behavior, and evolution of pond breeding salamanders.

Audiences: college students, teachers

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Ken Robertson

krrobert@illinois.edu

Topics: The Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem of Illinois; The Rose Family-A Botanical Bonanza; Native Plants of Illinois-A Wealth of Diversity; Native Plants Close-up: The Hidden World of Flowers; Botanical Gardens of North America and Europe; The Basics of Plant Photography; Biodiversity-Some Basic Issues; Inspirations from the Tallgrass Prairie: Ecology, Art, and Literature

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Jason Robinson

217-300-3556 • jrob@illinois.edu

Topics: insects, streams, taxonomy and systematics, ecology, evolution, fly fishing, edible plants and mushrooms

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Greg Spyreas

217 300-4023 • spyreas@illinois.edu

Topics: biodiversity, Illinois natural areas, pre-settlement midwestern vegetation, non-native plants, topics in plant community ecology, restoration ecology, and fire ecology

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, 6th–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Jeff Stein

217-244-1516 • jastein@illinois.edu

Topics: freshwater fisheries ecology

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–5th grade, college students

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John Taft

217-244-5046 • taft@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: Vegetation ecology, fire effects in woodlands and barrens, restoration ecology, threatened and endangered plants, orchids of Illinois, unique natural areas of Illinois, grasslands of Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia), and vegetation of Fynbos region in South Africa.

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, 6th–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Jeremy Tiemann

217-244-4594 • jtiemann@illinois.edu

Topics: freshwater mollusks and fishes

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Dave Voegtlin

217-244-2152 • dvoegtli@illinois.edu

Topics: aphids, natural biological control and aphids and native plants

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Mark Wetzel

217-244-2108 • mjwetzel@illinois.edu

Topics: Annelida, oligochaetous Clitellata ('Oligochaeta'), aquatic and terrestrial oligochaete worms, leeches, other aquatic invertebrates, springs, map and compass use

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, kindergarten–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Scott Wiesbrook

217-265-0368 • swiesbro@illinois.edu

Topics: soils of Illinois, hydric soils, wetlands, wetland delineation, and wetland restoration

Audiences: conservation groups, community groups, 6th–12th grade, college students, teachers

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Brian Wilm

217-244-2176 • bwilm@inhs.illinois.edu

Topics: wetlands, habitat restoration, and wetland wildlife

Audiences: conservation groups, 6th–12th grade, teachers

   
   


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