18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium Talk Schedule

Hello All,

The Annual Graduate Student Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 and will run from 8:15am – 4:15pm followed by a reception/ poster session at Array Cafe from 4:15 – 6:30pm!

Presenting author and titles are listed below for both the talk and poster sessions. To see the entire program CLICK HERE


Talk Session (8:15-4:15 in B102 Chemical and Life Sciences Lab B.):

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Poster Session (4:30-6:30 in the Concourse Cafe space on the first floor of IGB):

Jaime Coon: Grassland bird community response to an invasive grass and management using herbicde

Joshua Gibson: Comparative functional morphology and kinematics of miniature trap-jaw ant (Strumigenys spp.) mandible strikes

Katie Heineman: The importance of wood nutrient storage in tropical forest nutrient cycles: insights from a sapling defoliation experiment in Panama

Janice KellyDensity dependent effects on conspecific cue use for habitat selection and reproductive success in yellow warblers (Setophaga petechia)

Nicholas LaRacuente: Timescale separation and functional response in consumer-resource dynamics

Kelsey Low: Thermal challenges of overwintering eastern box turtles (Terrapene c. carolina) in eastern Illinois

Bailey Morrison: The post-glacial species velocity of Picea glauca following the last glacial maximum in Alaska

Scott Nelson: A systematic review of the impacts of invasive plants on avian ecology

Tolulope Perrin-Stowe: The evolution and phylogeography of African elephant mitochondrial genomes

Christina Vercillo: Effects of prairie management on soil characteristics and bees



October 10, 2015 – Curious Critters

Dear GEEB community,

We had a fantastic time at the Urbana Free Library on October 10th, where, in one hour, we had 76 visitors come to see four interactive displays! A big thanks to everyone who participated and made this day special for a bunch of people.

Best wishes from your Outreach Coordinator,


Read more to see photos from the event!


October 2014 – Science at the Market

On October 18th, GEEB volunteers braved the chilly weather to bring science to the Urbana Farmer’s Market! We demonstrated local mammals, birds, and reptiles that can be found right here in Illinois, and educated members of the public on their basic biology. Visitors were especially excited to see the giant groundhog and the live reptiles. We had a fantastic turnout despite the cold weather!