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Ellis, James Lee

Natural Areas Coordinator

Address and Contact Information

1816 S. Oak St.
M/C 652
Champaign, IL  61820

Current Projects

As the Natural Areas Coordinator for the Committee on Natural Areas, I manage, maintain, and protect as well as coordinate access to about 1000 acres of lands and waters at 12 sites that are part of the University of Illinois's natural areas. These mostly forested properties in parts of Champaign, Vermilion, and McLean counties are available to the University community for teaching and research.

Research Interests

I am interested in the application of ecological restoration techniques to degraded plant communities especially tallgrass prairie in Illinois.

Professional Affiliations

Illinois State Academy of Science
Natural Areas Association

Selected Publications

Delcomyn, F. and J. Ellis. 2021. A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Ellis, J. L., and K. J. Wolz. 2018. Vegetation of Tomlinson Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve, Champaign County, Illinois. Transactions Illinois State Academy of Science 111:11-16.

Molano-Flores, B., L. Phillippe, P. B. Marcum, C. Carroll-Cunningham, J. L. Ellis, D. T. Busemeyer, and J. E. Ebinger. 2015. A floristic inventory and vegetation survey of three dolomite prairies in northeastern Illinois. Castanea, in press.
 
Spyreas, G., B. W. Wilm, A.E. Plocher, D.M. Ketzner, J. W. Matthews, J. Ellis, E. J. Heske. 2010. Biological consequences of invasion by reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). Biological Invasions 12(5): 1253-1267.

Phillippe, L.R., M.A. Feist, R.L. Larimore, D.T. Busemeyer, P.B. Marcum, C.J. Carroll-Cunningham, J.L. Ellis, and J.E. Ebinger. 2009. Composition and structure of the ground layer vegetation at Iroquois County Conservation Area, northeastern Illinois. Phytologia 91(3):401-438.

Phillippe, L. R., J. Ellis, D. T. Busemeyer, W. E. McClain, and J. E. Ebinger. 2009. Vegetation Survey of Tomlin Timber Nature Preserve, Mason County, IL. Erigenia 22:36-44.

Phillippe, L. R., D. T. Busemeyer, P. B. Marcum, J. L. Ellis, M. A. Feist, R. L. Larimore, and J. E. Ebinger. 2006. Vegetation inventory of the Emiquon Preserve, Fulton County, Illinois. Erigenia 21:10-21.

Spyreas, G., B. Molano-Flores, C. Carroll, J. Ellis. 2004. Non-native plant commonness and dominance in Illinois

Education

MS, Natural Resource Ecology & Management, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1998
BS, Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1995
AAS, Biology, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, 1992

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