Picnic at the Wildlife Discovery Center, Sept 9th, 2017. Details coming soon!!


Past Grant Recipients

2017

Davinia Beneyto Garrigos : $1,000
  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Evolution, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Hormone Disruptors: Geographic Distribution of Sex Ratio Biases of the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)
Andrew Frank : $1,000
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
  • Testing the Adaptive Nature of Juvenile Tail Color Morphs in a Western North America Skink
Harrison Goldspiel : $1,000
  • Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • The Contribution of Aquatic Versus Terrestrial Habitats in Regulating Populations of Amphibians with Complex Life Cycles
Sean Harrington : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, San Diego State University
  • A 3-D Geometric Morphometric Approach to Rattlesnake Cranial Evolution
Chace Holzheuser : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, University of Maryland
  • Chasing Shadows: Quantifying Changes in Distribution and Occupancy of the Southern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus auriculatus) in Florida
Eric B. Liebgold and Tami S. Ransom : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Environmental Studies, Salisbury University
  • Genetic Diversity and Population Connectivity of the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata), a Species of Conservation Concern
Diego A. Ortiz : $1,000
  • College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
  • Systematics and Biogeography of the Slender-legged Tree Frog (Osteocephalus taurinus) Species Complex in the Amazon Basin
Mallary Rae Parker : $1,000
  • Undergraduate, University of Arizona
  • Conservation Genetics of the World's Largest Frog (Conraua goliath) in Cameroon
Nicolette Roach : $1,000
  • Applied Biodiversity Sciences & Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Using Bioacoustics to Assess the Distribution, Vulnerability, and Conservation of Five IUCN Threatened Atelopus Species in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
Christopher Smaga : $1,000
  • Undergraduate, Southern Illinois University
  • Impact of Snake Fungal Disease (Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola) in Southern Illinois

2016

Kelly L. Barnhart : $1,000
  • Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Priming Immune Function of Critically Endangered Panamanian Golden Frogs Prior to Reintroduction
Nolan Bielinski : $500
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Recording the Soundscape of Frog Habitats in Chicago's Fragmented Landscape
Grover J. Brown : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi
  • The Evolutionary History of Two Species of Musk Turtles (Sternotherus carinatus and S. minor) and Implications for Conservation
Hilary Frandsen : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Determining the Genetic Diversity of Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) Sea Turtles Using Mitochondrial Genomes
Jennifer McKenzie : $1,000
  • Department of Forestry, University of Kentucky
  • Effects of Snake Fungal Disease on Natricine Snakes Across an Urban-rural Gradient
Freya E. Rowland : $1,000
  • Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri
  • Subsidies and the Balance of Green and Brown Energy in Pond Food Webs
Mark Sandfoss : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, University of Florida
  • Rates of Water Flux in a Unique Insular Population of Pitviper
Monica Winebarger : $1,000
  • Biology Department, Appalachian State University
  • Signaling Function of Coloration in Plethodontid Salamanders of Southern Appalachia

2015

Anthony Carmona : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Re-describing a Lost Species from North America: The Forgotten Vine Snake Oxybelis microphthalmus
Madeline Cooper : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University
  • Examining Invasive Bullfrog (Rana [Lithobates] catesbeiana) Movement Patterns on the Trinity River
Chris Lechowicz : $1,000
  • Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
  • SCCF Pine Island Sound Eastern Indigo Snake Project
John G. Palis : $500
  • Palis Environmental Consulting
  • Do Crawfish Frogs Still Occur in Westernmost Illinois?
Aaron Reedy : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, University of Virginia
  • An Evolutionary Battle of the Sexes: Using a Reptile Model to Examine Sexual Conflict and the Genetic Basis of Fitness
Jason Ross : $1,000
  • Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Spatial Ecology of the Smooth Softshell Turtle (Apalone mutica) in the Kaskaskia River of Illinois
Alex Shepack : $1,000
  • Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University
  • Back from the Dead?: Rebounding Amphibian Populations with an Enzootic Pathogen
K. Nicole White : $1,000
  • University of Georgia and Archbold Biological Station
  • Social Dynamics of a Long-Lived Reptile

2014

John Andermann : $750
  • Biology Department, San Diego State University
  • Testing Species Limits and Modes of Speciation Within the Tiger Whiptail Lizard (Aspidoscelis tigris) Complex in the Sea of Cortés Using Next-generation DNA Sequencing Data
Hollis A. Dahn : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, University of Central Florida
  • Examining Specific and Subspecific Diversity Within Two Monotypic Snake Genera
Eric J. Gangloff : $1,000
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Iowa State University
  • Using Metabolomics to Test Thermal Tolerance in the Terrestrial Gartersnake, Thamnophis elegans
Jade Keehn : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Do Changing Abiotic and Biotic Conditions at Wind Farms Influence Behavior, Demography, and Species Composition in Desert Reptiles?
Jennifer Y. Lamb : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi
  • The Conservation Status and Genetics of Dusky Salamanders in the Gulf Coastal Plain
Dustin A. Owen : $1,000
  • Center of Excellence for Field Biology, Department of Biology, Austin Peay State University
  • Impacts of Prescribed Fire on the Stress Physiology of Two Sympatric Snakes
John G. Palis : $750
  • Palis Environmental Consulting
  • Conservation Status of Crawfish Frogs in Southernmost Illinois
Jennifer Stabile : $1,000
  • Department of Herpetology, Albuquerque Biological Park
  • The Coqui Conservation Initiative: Population Assessment and Reproductive Study of the Mona Island Coqui Frog
John Vanek : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, Hofstra University
  • Ecology of Eastern Hognose Snakes on a Barrier Island
Jessica Marie Vannatta : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Seasonal Corticosterone and Leukocyte Levels, Presence of Ranavirus, and Demographic Characteristics of the Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina, in a Wetlands Habitat of Middle Tennessee
Kai Wang : $780
  • Washington State University
  • Courtship Behaviors of the Newly Described Diannan Crocodile Newt, Tylototriton yangi: Total Evidence of its Validity and Phylogenetic Relationship
Denita M. Weeks : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Memphis
  • Impacts of Larval Stress on Development of Adult Skin Defenses in Anurans

2013

Iwo P. Gross : $1,000
  • Eastern Illinois University (undergraduate)
  • Assessing and Alleviating the Negative Effects of Vehicle Access on a Snake Community within a State Park
Matthew L. Holding : $500
  • Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University
  • A Tale of Two Traits: Do Coevolutionary Processes Shape the Venoms of Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes and Resistance Levels of California Ground Squirrels?
João Pedro Moura da Costa Maia : $1,000
  • Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos da Universidade do Porto (Vairão, Portugal)
  • In Cold Blood: Community Ecology of Reptile Hemoparasites
Micah W. Perkins : $1,000
  • Biology Department, University of Louisville
  • Dietary Resource Partitioning among Watersnakes in Northwestern Kentucky
Kimberly E. Schmidt : $1,000
  • Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Habitat Selection of Ornate Box Turtles (Terrapene ornata ornata) within Restored and Remnant Tallgrass Prairie
Jaime Villacampa Ortega : $500
  • Departamento de Ecología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
  • Changes in Amphibian Assemblages along an Elevational Gradient at the Manu Biosphere Reserve, Southern Peru
Daniel B. Wylie : $1,000
  • Illinois Natural History Survey
  • “Ongoing Health Assessment and Prevalence of Chrysosporium in the Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus)
Michael L. Yuan : $1,000
  • Cornell University (undergraduate)
  • Characterization of Cryptic Kin Structure in Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) at Archbold Biological Station

2012

Stacy Beyer : $500
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Role of Forests in the landscape Epidemiology of an Amphibian Chytrid Fungus
Edwin Cadena : $1,000
  • Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • A New Fossil Turtle from the Early Cretaceous (Barremian-Aptian) of Colombia (South America); Revealing the Early Stages of Marine Turtles Evolution
Chip Cochran : $1,000
  • Department of Earth and Biological Sciences, Loma Linda University
  • Investigating Venom Variation in Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus across its Range by Proteomic and Transcriptome Analysis
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (Dan Thompson, Principal Investigator) : $1,000
  • Blanding's Turtle Recovery Program, DuPage County, Illinois
Joseph Frumkin : $1,000
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (undergraduate)
  • The Role of Color Morph on Territoriality in the Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus
Kory H. Heiken : $500
  • Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University
  • The Physiological Effects of Long-distance Translocation on Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus helleri)
Dustin Owen : $500
  • Ball State University (undergraduate)
  • Physiological Impacts of Silviculture Treatments and Roads on Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix)
Thomas Andrew Radzio : $1,000
  • Department of Biology, Drexel University
  • Effects of Season and Thermal Environment on Behavioral Thermoregulation and Its Relative Costs in Juvenile Gopher Tortoises
Rebecca Tarvin : $500
  • Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Does Alkaloid Insensitivity Facilitate Aposematism and Diet Specialization in Poison Frogs?
Marisa Tellez : $500
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Environmental and Anthropogenic Impact on Parasitism between Alligator mississippiensis in Florida and Louisiana
Kyle Weichert : $500
  • Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University
  • Does Host Lizard Sex Affect Their Ability to Kill the Lyme Disease Causative Agent Borrelia burgdorferi?
Andrew William Whitworth : $500
  • College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • The Conservation Value of Regenerating Tropical Forests for Amphibians and Reptiles and the Threats Involved, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Southern Peru

2011

Melissa Amarello : $1,000
  • SoLS Graduate Program, Arizona State University
  • The Role of Kin Selection in Rattlesnake Aggregations
Gerardo Antonio Cordero : $500
  • Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
  • How Does the Turtle's Shell Get Its 'Hinge'?
Richard L. Essner, Ph.D. : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Captive Husbandry in the Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog, Ascaphus montanus
Maxwell B. Joseph : $500
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • The Legacy of an Emerging Disease: Post-epizootic Pathogen Persistence in the Landscape
Justin Perrault : $500
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University
  • Salps to Sea Turtles: Mercury and Selenium Concentrations in Leatherback Sea Turtles and Their Prey. Does Biomagnification Lead to Low Hatch and Emergence Success?
Joshua Scholl : $1,000
  • Florida Atlantic University (undergraduate)
  • Gopher Tortoise Burrow Distribution and Demography in a Declining Southeastern Florida Habitat
Melanie N. Stock : $500
  • Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Urban Heat Island Effects on Deep-Terrestrial Hibernating Amphibians

2010

Alecia Carter : $500
  • The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
  • Testing Untested Assumptions of Behavioral Syndromes: Does the Asset Protection Principle Apply?
Grant Connette : $535
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • A Mechanistic Examination of Salamander Declines in Response to Timber Harvesting
Reginald Theodor Mwaya : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
  • Effects of Human-induced Habitat Change on Populations of the East African Endemic Pancake Tortoise, Malacochersus tornieri (Family: Testudinidae), in Tanzania, East Africa
Maya Groner : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Effects of Predator Stress on Immune Function and Susceptibility of Anurans to the Emergent Infectious Disease Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
Nicholas B. Pollock : $500
  • Department of Biological Sciences, California Polytechnic State University
  • Factors Influencing Ectoparasitism on Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis): Testosterone, Vitellogenesis and Health
Shahriar C. Rahman : $500
  • Brooklyn College (undergraduate)
  • Evaluating the Effects of Nest Protectors for Turtle Conservation
Rory S. Telemeco : $1,000
  • Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
  • How Did Viviparity Evolve in Squamate Reptiles? An Experimental Test of the Maternal-manipulation Hypothesis
Dan Zeh : $963.90
  • Environmental Studies Department, Antioch University
  • Natural History of Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) Populations in Southwestern New Hampshire and Recommendations for Conservation Management

2009

Whitney J. Banning : $657
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Impacts of Landscape Alteration on Freshwater Turtle Populations
J. D. Steeves Buckland : $500
  • School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol UK
  • Status and Conservation of Mauritian Fauna and Flora Threatened by the Invading Madagascar Giant Day Gecko, Phelsuma grandis
C. Drew Foster : $500
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Using Noninvasive, Fecal Hormonal Analysis to Characterize the Reproductive and Stress Biology of the Prehensile-tailed Skink (Corucia zebrata)
Maya Groner : $1,000
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Effects of Predator Stress on Immune Function and Susceptibility of Anurans to the Emergent Infectious Disease Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
Paul M. Hampton : $500
  • Department of Biology, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Venom Function in Pitvipers: Does Prey Envenomation Enhance Digestive Performance and Reduce its Cost?
Abigail J. Maley : $500
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Variation in Four-toed Salamander, Hemidactylium scutatum, Microhabitat Use Across Age Groups and Sexes
Tami S. Ransom : $300
  • Department of Biology, University of Virginia
  • Salamanders Mediate Below to Above-ground Interactions through Direct, Indirect, and Ecosystem Engineering Pathways with Earthworms
Kelsey Reider : $300
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University
  • Do Peccaries Drive Community Changes in a Neotropical Leaf Litter Herpetofauna?
Dan Zeh : $500
  • Environmental Studies, Antioch University
  • The Natural History of Two Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) Populations in Southwestern New Hampshire

2008

Jake A. Brashears : $480
  • School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Facultative Thermogenesis in Pythons --- How and Why Ectotherms Become Endotherms
Meagan Leigh Harless : $250
  • School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University
  • Effects of Road Deicing Chemicals on Larval Amphibians
Robert H. Hegna : $400
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University
  • A Study of Aposematism in the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio): The Effect of Density, Spots, and Color on Predation with Conservation Implications
Charles Knapp : $500
  • Center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Species, Zoological Society of San Diego
  • Enhancement of the Green Iguana Conservation Breeding Program at the Iguana Verde Foundation, Costa Rica
Eric Liebgold : $300
  • Department of Biology, University of Virginia
  • The Effects of Social Environment on the Growth and Behavioral Phenotype of Juveniles of a Terrestrial Salamander, Plethodon cinereus
Cy L. Mott : $400
  • Department of Zoology, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, Southern Illinois University
  • Prevalence and Ecology of Fungal Infections among Breeding Aggregations of Ambystomatid Salamanders in Southern Illinois
Peter J. Muelleman : $475
  • Truman State University
  • Assessing Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection Levels in the Amphibian Communities in Upland and Lowland Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems of Northern Calhoun County, Illinois
Tami S. Ransom : $300
  • Department of Biology, University of Virginia
  • Are the Behavioral Responses of Red-backed Salamanders to an Ecosystem Engineer Influenced by Their Evolutionary History?
Michael Reichert : $500
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri
  • Character Convergence in Sympatry of Aggressive Calls in Two Frog Species, Hyla chrysoscelis and Hyla versicolor
Tiffany Schriever : $500
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • The Role of Larval Amphibians in Temporary Pond Systems
Brooke L. Talley : $250
  • Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University
  • Surveying Illinois Amphibians for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection

2007

Bill Flanagan : $250
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Using Ecological Niche Modeling to Evaluate the Michigan Distribution of the Western Lesser Siren (Siren intermedia nettingi)
Chris Lechowicz : $500
  • Florida Gulf Coast University / Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.
  • Population Characteristics and Possible Hybridization of Graptemys Species in the Choctawhatchee River Drainage
Diana Lutz : $250
  • Michigan State University
  • Behavioral and Ecological Study of Clemmys guttata (Schneider)
William E. Peterman : $500
  • University of Missouri, Division of Biological Sciences
  • Road Effects on Southern Appalachian Salamander Assemblages
Beth Pettitt : $500
  • University of Minnesota, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
  • Acoustic Communication and Parental Care in Two Species of Neotropical Frogs
Cindy Rampacek : $150
  • Small Scale Reptile Rescue
  • Reptile Management in Shelter Environments

2006

Philip A. Cochran : $275
  • Biology Department, Saint Mary? University
  • Monitoring Snake Hibernacula in Southeastern Minnesota
Bradley J. Cosentino : $300
  • Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Illinois
  • Dispersal and Population Structure of Pond‑breeding Amphibians in a Fragmented Landscape
Ryan McCleary : $455
  • Department of Zoology, University of Florida
  • Effects of the Accessory Venom Gland on Venom Composition of the Florida Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti
Julie M. Ray : $480
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University
  • Effects of Amphibian Decline on the Trophic Ecology of Mollusk-eating Snakes
S. Alexandra Siess : $250
  • Arlington, VA
  • The Spotted Turtles in Maryland from the 1970s to Today
Zachary R. Stahlschmidt : $500
  • School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Assessing the Physiological Implications of Egg-brooding Behavior in Pythons

2005

Whitney J. Banning : $500
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Resource Partitioning along a Spatial Gradient in a Freshwater Turtle Community Study in Illinois
Zach Felix : $500
  • Center for Forestry and Ecology, Alabama A&M University
  • Microhabitat and Movement Patterns of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene c. carolina) in Forest Stands Managed for Timber Production
Alan Kardon : $500
  • 21947 Pelican Creek, San Antonio, Texas
  • Life History Traits of Crotalus polystictus: A Long-term Mark & Recapture Study
Ali M. Rabatsky : $500
  • Department of Biology, University of Louisiana (Lafayette)
  • Vestigialization of the Rattle in Three Insular Rattlesnake Species
Anne Readel : $500
  • Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Effect of Habitat Degradation on the Health and Conservation of Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta)
Amanda L. Subalusky : $500
  • Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • The Role of Seasonal Wetlands in the Ecology of the American Alligator
Christopher A. Conner : $300
  • University of Missouri
  • The Permeability of Altered Habitat to Migration in Forest-dependent Amphibians
Daniel A. Warner : $300
  • School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • The Adaptive Significance of Temperature-dependent Sex Determination in an Australian Agamid Lizard

2004

Amy Cunkelman : $500
  • Department of Biology, Villanova University
  • Radio Telemetry to Examine Habitat Utilization in Rhacodactylus leachianus and Rhacodactylus trachyrhynchus
Karen Davis : $500
  • University of Tennessee
  • Numerical Discrimination and Cognitive Abilities in Turtles (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Timothy Hunkapiller : $317.20
  • Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Reproductive Ecology of the Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica)
Deb Krohn : $452
  • Plum Creek Nature Center, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Illinois
  • Skeletal Herpetological Specimens for Student Educational Programs
Michael Malawy : $500
  • School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
  • An Investigation into Selected Body Temperature and Post-Prandial responses of the Western Diamand-backed Rattlesnake, (Crotalus atrox)