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Get to know the archaeologists, biologists, chemists, ecologists, geologists, and other scientists and staff of the Prairie Research Institute!

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  • Brittany Rogness, mammalogist

  • Liz Miernicki, wetland soils specialist

  • David Zaya, plant ecologist

  • Chelsea Kross, quantitative ecologist

  • Robin Mattheus, coastal geologist

  • Brandon Curry, head of the quaternary and engineering geology section

  • Maximilian Allen, assistant research scientist

  • Morgan Bailey, associate geochemist

  • Tamira Brennan, curator

  • Paula Porubcan, coordinator Northern Illinois Field Station, and Paula Bryant, archaeological technician

  • Kevin Johnson, principal research scientist

  • Aaron Yetter, waterfowl ecologist

  • Miles Bensky, sport fish postdoctoral researcher

  • John Gatto, aquatic postdoctoral researcher

  • Hayden Hedman, eco-epidemiology postdoctoral researcher

  • Dominique Turney, aquatic nuisance species specialist

  • Holly Tuten, vector ecologist

  • Josh Osborn, waterbird ecologist

  • Anthony Porreca, assistant director of Kaskaskia Biological Station

  • Kurt Sexton, account technician

  • Carl Carman, research specialist

  • Rebecca Barzilai, midwestern archaeology postdoctoral researcher

  • Lisa Krause, coastal management specialist

  • Erica Hernandez, INHS graduate student

  • Cariad Williams, paleontology PhD student

  • Sara Johnson, INHS graduate student

  • Kylee Noel, INHS graduate student

  • Christine Atkinson, ISWS graduate student

  • Caitlin Bloomer, INHS graduate student

  • Laura De La Guardia, ISWS graduate student

  • Kelsey Low, disease ecology research assistant

  • Hugo Ruellan, INHS graduate student

  • Stephany Virrueta Herrara, INHS graduate student

  • Erin Benson, ISAS graduate student

  • Lynsey Harper, eDNA postdoctoral research associate

  • Laura Keefer, Illinois State Hydrologist