People in the Phillips Lab
Dr. Chris Phillips
My Homepage (contact info and more details on research interests)
My INHS staff page (including publications)
or use the "Publications" tab, left margin.
My current research projects include:
1) Population Biology of the Eastern Box Turtle
2) Developing an index of integrity for wetlands in Illinois using amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates as indicators.
4) Population Biology of the Illinois Chorus Frog
I am an affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Biology, UIUC and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, UIUC
Dr. Michael Dreslik is a Herpetologist at the Natural History Survey. His website is here. Mike received his BSc and MSc at Eastern Illinois University. His Master's thesis was on the River Cooter, Pseudemys concinna in southeastern Illinois. He studied under Ed Moll. Mike did his PhD with me at the University of Illinois on the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake at Carlyle Lake, Illinois.
Dan Wylie is the Collections Manager for the INHS Herpetology, Malacology, Astacology, Ichthyology, Mammology, and Ornithology collections.
Current Graduate Students & Postdocs
Eric Wright is a Master's student in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Thesis topic: Factors influencing the detection and occupancy of aquatic macro-invertebrates in vernal ponds.
Kelsey Low is a PhD student in the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Kelsey's dissertation research is on the impacts of Ranavirus on pond breeding amphibians.
Sarah Baker received her Ph.D. in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.
Dissertation topic: Conservation of the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Sistrurus c. catenatus.
Sarah is currently a postdoc with Mike Dreslik at the Illinois Natural History Survey email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Peterman http://petermanresearch.weebly.com/ was an INHS Postdoc in the lab. He received his PhD under Ray Semlitsch at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2013. Bill is now on the faculty at The Ohio State University.
Abigail Maley Berkey received her Ph.D. in the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology.
Dissertation topic: Microscale habitat use, gene flow, and kin selection in the Four-toed Salamander, Hemidactylium scutatum.
Abby is currently on the faculty at Eastern mennonite University.
John Griesbaum received his M.Sc. in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in 2012.
Thesis topic: Effects of habitat management on a grassland snake in east-central Illinois.
Current Position: Natural Areas and Deer Management at Robert Allerton Park, University of Illinois
Whitney Banning Anthonysamy received her Ph.D. in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in 2012.
Dissertation topic: Impacts of landscape fragmentation on sympatric freshwater turtle populations.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Arkansas.
Ellen Schneider received her M.Sc. in the Master's in Biology Program, School of Integrative Biology in 2011.
Thesis topic: Genetic variation within and among Illinois populations of Pseudacris illinoensis.
Brad Cosentino received his Ph.D. in the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology in 2011. He was co-advised by Bob Schooley in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.
Dissertation topic: Connectivity, metapopulation dynamics, and genetic structure of tiger salamanders in a heterogeneous landscape.
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Andrew Berger. M.Sc. 2010. Conservation and recovery of the Yellow Mud Turtle (Kinosternon flavescens) in Mason and Tazewell counties, Illinois.
Current position: USGS, Las Vegas Field Station.
Jeanne Baker. M.Sc. 2009. Home range and movement of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) in East Central Illinois.
Current position: Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, Gainesville, FL
Anne Readel. Ph.D. 2009. Effects of habitat on physiology and infection in aquatic turtles.
Current position: Patent Attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, Madison, WI.
Chris Benda. M.Sc. 2006. Status of Blanding's Turtles in Lake County Forest Preserve District and feasability of initiating a head-starting program at Rollins Savanna.
Current position: Illinois Natural History Survey.
Brad Danner. M.Sc. 2006. The role of anurans in the enzootic cycle of West Nile Virus.
Current position: Pest Survey Specialist/Environmental Scientist II at Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Ben Jellen. M.Sc. 2005. Reproductive ecology of the eastern massasauga (Sistrurus c. catenatus).
Current position: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, St. Louis, MO
Jessica Jakubanis. M.Sc. 2004. Life history and ecology of the two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) in two ravines in Vermilion County, Illinois.
Jennifer Mui. M.Sc. 2004. Growth and survivorship of the state endangered silvery salamander (Ambystoma platineum) in Illinois.
Current position: Outreach Education Coordinator, Illinois Natural History Survey.
Jeanne M. Serb. M.Sc. 1999. Intraspecific phylogenetic analysis of Kinosternon flavescens and the taxonomic significance of the Illinois mud turtle, K.f. spooneri.
Current position: Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Department of Biology
Frank T. Burbrink. M.Sc. 1995. Factors determining richness of reptile and amphibian species in a riparian wildlife dispersal corridor.
Current position: Professor, College of Staten Island/ CUNY, Department of Biology.
Jarrett Johnson. Undergraduate researcher.
Current position: Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.
Jarrett's web page: http://www.wku.edu/biology/staff/index.php?memberid=765
John Crawford. Undergraduate researcher.
Don Shepard. Undergraduate. Field Technician, Eastern Massasauga Project.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Louisiana Tech University
Don's web page: http://www2.latech.edu/~dshepard/
Jon Warner. Undergraduate Researcher. Jon conducted his Master's research on Gaboon Vipers and his PhD on Nile crocodiles at the School of Animal, Plant, and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tim Hunkapiller & Evan Menzel. Undergraduate Researchers.
Ethan Kessler was an intern in the Phillips Lab. He is currently conducting research for his Ph.D. under Dr. Mike Dreslik.