Baer Lab at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Core Facility for Ecological Analyses: Manager

Amanda Rothert

 

Researcher II

Manager of the Core Facility for Ecological Analyses

M.S. Zoology, Southern Illinois University

B.S. Biology, Southern Illinois University

 

email: mandy118@siu.edu

 

Current Graduate Students

Sarah Black

 

M.S. Student

B.S. Valparaiso University

 

 

I am interested in insect communities in restored tallgrass prairie and if/how herbivory shapes plant community.

 

email: sarah.black@siu.edu

 

Drew Scott

 

Ph.D. Student

M.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

B.S. University of Indianapolis

 

I am currently examining how environmental heterogneity influences composition of plant, soil bacteria, and soil fungi communities and how this affects ecosystem functioning. I am particularly interested in heterogeneity in soil nitrate and nitrous oxide efflux from soil.

Specialization: C and N biogeochemistry, biogeomorphology, plant-soil-microbe interactions, restoration and prairie ecology, ecological modeling.

 

email: dascott@siu.edu

 

George Manning

 

Ph.D. Candidate

M.E.S Taylor University

B.A. Indiana and Purdue University, Fort Wayne

 

My research interests are centered on answering questions in ecological restoration and community assembly. I am asking if deterministic (seed mix and site condition) or stochastic (interannual environmental variability) forces are the primary drivers acting upon the community assembly of tallgrass prairie restoration. I am also looking for a relationship between floristic quality and soil integrity, as well as how manipulated mismatches in plant-insect interactions affect tallgrass prairie flora.

 

email: gmanning4@siu.edu

Current Undergraduate Students

Juliet Fitzgibbon

 

B.S. Plant Biology

 

My current project involves plant herbivory in the tallgrass prairie

Mark Sandwick

 

B.S. Ecology