INHS large river research began in 1876 when Steven A Forbes chose the Havana area to begin his study of the Illinois River. In the 1890's a field station was established near Havana and that site is now home to the Steven A. Forbes Biological Station. The implementation of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program led to the creation of the Illinois River Biological Station (IRBS) and the Great Rivers Field Station, which in 2002 became part of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC), a collaboration between the University of Illinois, the INHS, and Lewis and Clark Community College.
In the late 2000's, INHS large river research grew to include more field stations and personnel. The Kaskaskia Biological Station expanded their large river research by investigating Asian Carp life histories and their potential impacts on native plankton communities. Further expansion occurred when INHS staff from IRBS, NGRREC, and the INHS-UI Campus joined with Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University and Western Illinois to more thoroughly monitor fish populations in Illinois's river large rivers.
EXAMPLES OF CURRENT LARGE RIVER RESEARCH
EXAMPLES OF PAST LARGE RIVER ECOLOGY RESEARCH