Emily Minor

    Email Address: eminor@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: 3346 SES
    Webpage: minorlab.weebly.com
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Our lab studies ecological systems and landscapes that have been altered by humans, with a strong focus on urban ecology and cities. We study how plants, birds, insects, and humans interact in these landscapes. We are interested in broad-scale spatial patterns in the environment, how they affect ecological processes, and vice versa. Our research methods include field studies, GIS, computer modeling, and social surveys.

    We are beginning a study at Nachusa Grasslands and surrounding farmland to determine if prairie birds provide a service on nearby farms by eating crop insect pests.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10-20

    Qualifications of a Student:
    This research does not require any particular skills or experience, just a sincere interest in the natural world around you. Students should have the following characteristics: a careful attention to detail, curiosity, self-motivation, some amount of independence, and (especially) reliability.
    All majors are welcomed.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    We need help to perform a variety of experiments. The field site is approximately two hours away from Chicago, so having access to a car is a plus, but not absolutely necessary, as we will likely be carpooling. This is a chance to work outside at a beautiful prairie (with roaming bison!) and get fieldwork experience.

    Work responsibilities may include the following:
    • Helping to set up experiments in prairie and farmland
    • Measuring crop damage and counting insects on soy plants
    • Data entry
    • Possibly an opportunity to help with safely capturing, tagging, and releasing wild birds

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