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The Population and Community Ecology (PACE) Lab is overseen by Dr. Michael J. Dreslik. The four programs of the lab are the Urban Biotic Assessment Program (UBAP), which provides environmental expertise to the Illinois Tollway, the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) program, the Freshwater Mollusk Ecology and Conservation (FMEC) program, and the Environmental Education Program (EEP).

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Last week's #WhatIsItWednesday was bat guano beneath a bat house.Illinois bats eat a lot of insects and produce a lot of guano. Guano can be used as fertilizer and the microbes in it can help in bioremediation, breaking down soil toxins and aerating the soil.Bat guano, which contains high levels of potassium nitrate, was used to form gunpowder when other sources were sparse.As beneficial as it can be in the soil, it is not something you want deposited in your home. Fungus growing on guano (and other animal scat) can lead to histoplasomosis. Check out our website for more on bats and our bat research projectsubap.inhs.illinois.edu/research/mammals/bats/#Guano #bats #wildlife ... See MoreSee Less
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It's #NationalEspressoDay and, no, this is not espresso, though it resembles spent espresso. Do you know what it actually is?#WhatIsItWednesday ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Come join our group! In addition to the Terrestrial Ecologist position we posted last week, we are also seeking an Aquatic Ecologist to conduct basic and applied research assisting with ongoing surveys for aquatic amphibians and reptiles, freshwater mollusks, and fishes. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois. See more information or apply: illinois.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/2206?c=illinois#ichthyology #herpetology #malacology #jobs #fieldwork #amphibian #reptile #mussels #fish #research #AquaticEcology ... See MoreSee Less
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PACE Lab News

We’re Hiring an Aquatic Ecologist

The Illinois Natural History Survey Population and Community Ecology Lab is seeking an Aquatic Ecologist to conduct basic and applied research assisting with ongoing surveys for aquatic amphibians and reptiles, freshwater mollusks, and fishes. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois. See more or apply    

We’re Hiring!

The Illinois Natural History Survey Population and Community Ecology Lab is seeking a Terrestrial Ecologist to conduct basic and applied research assisting with ongoing surveys for terrestrial reptiles, bats, and noctuid moths. This position will be based in Champaign, Illinois. See more or apply  

Restored meadows can support plenty of prey for Eastern Massasauga

Current PaCE Lab graduate student Zander Perelman had two papers published recently from his M.Sc. research on Eastern Massasaugas in Pennsylvania. The first paper reported on the prey community at a restored meadow in western Pennsylvania. Often, restoration projects are focused on removing unwanted vegetation and re-establishing the plant community with the notion that “if …