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Indian Ridge Marsh, Chicago, IL

February 2022: Spoke to UChicago's Environmental Research Group about urban greenspace.
February 2022: Published in Restoration Ecology with collaborators Lauren Umek and Laura Merwin: slag is cool!
January 2022: Interviewed by PGE student Hannah Wilson-Black about the Calumet Quarter.
January 2022: Named a Fellow in the inaugural Faculty Pedagogy Fellows program at UChicago.

December 2021: Taught Urban Ecology in the Great Nearby and students made badass final projects.

October 2021: Collaborator Maddie McLeester presented pilot results of Wisconsin fields research at the Midwest Archaeology Conference.

October 2021: Led Chicago Studies Urban Hike to Beaubien Woods.

August 2021: Fieldwork on the Wisconsin fields project with collaborators Maddie McLeester, Jeff Grignon and Pete Geraci. Honored to visit and hold space in sacred places on Menominee land.

June-August 2021: Mentored student research assistants for tree ecosystem services project for EF Campus.

April 2021: In celebration of Earth Day, had a discussion with conservation ecologist Erika Hasle about the Field Museum's Monarch Butterfly community science program.

February 2021: With Lauren Umek, led discussion on restoration potential of slag at Calumet Restoration Roundtable.

November 2020: Featured along with Chicago's urban ecology in Medicine on the Midway!

November 2020: Served on the review board for the inaugural distribution of Green Fund grants to University of Chicago students.

October 2020: Joined the advisory board for The Nature Conservancy's Chicago Biodiversity project.

July 2020: With collaborators, and field assistants, pursued an abbreviated field season at Big Marsh, setting up plots for long term monitoring of plant community composition on slag.

February 2020: Joined Nootan Bharani and Luke Joyner at a Research Roundtable for Chicago Studies featuring the theme of Connectivity.

December 2019: With Hengxing as the first author, we published our first work on slag vegetation in PLoS One, "Early succession on slag compared to urban soil: a slower recovery"!

August 2019: Undergraduate advisee Hengxing Zou (who starts his PhD training at Rice University this fall!) presented our research, in collaboration with Cathy Pfister, at ESA in Louisville, KY.

Summer 2019: Joined the Galapagos Urbanization Trip with Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and Program on the Global Environment. Find updates via Twitter from MI and PGE or the hashtag #UChicagoGalapagos.

June 2019: Was awarded the 2018-19 Faculty Community Impact Award from University of Chicago University Community Service Center.

June 2019: Featured on WBEZ's Curious City after posing the question: How is Chicago doing on its ambitious 2020 climate goals? Read more here. Listen to the podcast here.