Photo of Maud Island

Welcome to the Research Laboratory of Assistant Professor Holly Jones

We train students to foster curiosity about how ecosystems work and their underlying ecology and to pursue ecological research that enhances environmental stewardship.  Our research focuses on how best to prioritize restoration, the links between ecosystem restoration/conservation and human well-being in the face of global climate change, and maximizing restoration gains and investigating restoration trajectories at the local, regional, and global scale.  We work with non-profit organizations, governmental organizations, land-managers, and the public to ensure our research has on-the-ground applications.

Lab News

Dr. Nick Barber and I received an NSF-EAGER grant to support our research at Nachusa Grasslands. Read all about the ReFuGE project here!

Jones Lab research with 29 collaborators on the benefits of mammal eradication to island fauna, published in PNAS, is in the news!

Congratulations to Jones lab graduate students, who each received Departmental Grants!

Congratulations to PhD student Lyndsay Rankin, who was awarded a National Geographic Waitt Grant, a grant from Phi Kappa Phi's Love of Learning program and from DigitalGlobe imagery for her work studying island recovery in New Zealand after invasive species removal using remote sensing and drone imagery!

Congratulations to PhD student Heather Herakovich, who has received many grants for her work, including an Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals student research grant, a DuPage Birding Club IOS grant, and a grant from Friends of Nachusa Grasslands to study the effects of replanting and bison reintroduction on prairie grassland birds!

Congratulations to MSc student Kirstie Feller, who has received a grant from Friends of Nachusa Grasslands to study the effects of mesopredator exclusion on small mammal physiology and composition!

Congratulations to MSc student Nick Steijn, who has received a grant from Friends of Nachusa Grasslands to study the effects of invasive plant removal on seed resources for small mammals and small mammal communities!

Congratulations to alumna Angela Burke, who got a position as Conservation/Volunteer Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy Ohio! We will miss you, Angie!

Dr. Jones is now on the board as an associate editor for the scholarly journal Biological Invasions.