People

Principal Investigator

Leslie Ries is an ecologist who focuses on patterns at both medium and large scales. She has worked both in the fields of landscape ecology and biogeography with her focus mainly on butterflies. Her...

Research Assistant Professor

My interests lie in exploring the impacts of global warming upon the physical and biological components of the earth system. Currently, I am working on understanding the population size and...
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Ecology, phenology, plant-insect interactions, climate change and natural history (I like studying how caterpillars eat and get eaten).
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Current Post-docs

Ecology, population dynamics, phenology, disturbance. I am fascinated by butterfly dynamics, currently focusing on traits such as color and lifespan. I'm broadly interested in animal responses...
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Current Undergradate Students

Madeline is a student in the McDonough School of Business (2019) majoring in Operations Management and Computer Science. She also volunteers at the Maker Hub on the first floor of Lauinger Library....

I am a freshman in the college from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. My interests include math and its applications to nature, and in the lab I am really interested in how caterpillars can...

Technicians

Most of my life has been spent either teaching people about animals or teaching animals about people. Working with Dr. Ries is always a pleasure and has allowed me to expand my skill set to...

Affiliates

Jeff is an expert in butterfly ecology and is currently on the board of the North American Lepidopterist Society. He’s a former faculty member at Duke University where he conducted research on forest...

Dana is a butterfly ecologist who has been a collaborator since 2012 on projects ranging from trait data curation to resolving discrepancies between names. She is currently working on our...
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I have become involved in several data-centered infrastructure projects including the Encyclopedia of Life, the International Census of Marine Microbes, the Data Conservancy and the NSF EarthCube...

Major Collaborators

We are biodiversity scientists and our research focuses on what causes spatiotemporal changes in genetic and species diversity. We take an integrative approach to global change biology and the skills...

We study the application of ecological principles to the conservation of biodiversity, from individual rare animals to all species living within a community. We are focused on strategies like use of...

Our lab develops mathematical and statistical models to study the distribution and demographics of populations and communities. We work on a range of basic and applied problems and a variety of taxa...

My own research focuses on imperiled butterflies in the Midwest, particularly butterflies of the wetlands. I also lead the Museum’s work with Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, which engages...

Alumni

Simon is a rising senior at Paul VI Catholic High School who has brought his stellar applied mathematics skills to the Ries Lab. His independent project integrates caterpillar biology and...

I’m a rising senior at Sidwell Friends School and I plan to pursue ecology and environmental science once in college. Although I have past experience working with benthic macroinvertebrates, I’m...

Interests: Tardigrades! (but butterflies are easier to see) I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in evolutionary biology before earning a DVM-PhD.

Took part in the 2016 REU program Environmental Science and Public Policy in the Nation's Capital at Georgetown University assisting Dr. Leslie Ries with her research on butterfly spatial...