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John H Chick
Title: Principal Scientist
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Great Rivers Field Station
918 Union Street
Alton, IL 62002
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Principal Scientist, Field Station Director
My main research activities focus on the ecology of large rivers, particularly the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. I am also interested in population dynamics and community level interactions of freshwater fishes, early life history stages of fishes, and general aquatic ecology. I am especially interested in questions related to how spatial variability in aquatic ecosystems affects population and community level processes.
Message to students:

Best Presentation                                          Illinois Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 2014


Volunteer Service Award                                Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois – for service to the River                                                                           Coordinating Councils of Illinois, Science Advisory Committee 2013


Best Presentation                                         Illinois Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 2007


Certificate of Appreciation                             Mississippi River Research Consortium – for service as president                                                                        2007


Cooperative Conservation Award                   U.S. Department of the Interior – for service to the Long Term                                                                          Resource Monitoring Program 2007


Outstanding New Employee                          Illinois Natural History Survey 2002

Professional affiliations:
Adjunct Associate Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Adjunct Associate Professor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Affiliate, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Selected publications:

Gibson-Reinemer, D.K., R.E. Sparks, J.J. Parker, A.F. Casper, J.A. DeBoer, M.W. Fritts, M.A. McClelland, and J.H. Chick. 2017. Ecological recovery of a large river following the Clean Water Act. BioScience 67:957-970.

Gibson-Reinemer, D.K., R.M. Pendleton, L.E. Solomon, J.H. Chick, and A.F. Casper. 2017. Hydrology controls recruitment of invasive bigheaded carp on the Illinois River, USA. . PeerJ 5:e3641; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3641. (Citations = 1)

Gibson-Reinemer, D.K., A.F. Casper, T.D. VanMiddlesworth, M.Y. VanMiddlesworth, and J.H. Chick. 2017. Widespread and enduring demographic collapse of invasive common carp (Cyprinus carpio) in the Upper Mississippi River System. Biological Invasions 19:1905-1916. (Citations = 2)

Colaninno, C.E., J.H. Chick, T.J. Martin, A.M. Painter, K.B. Brown, C.T. Dopson, A.O. Enzerink, S.R. Goesmann, T. Higgins, N.Q. Knutzen, E.N. Laute, P.M. Long, P.L. Ottenfeld, A.T. Uehling, and L.C. Ward.  2017. An Interdisciplinary Human-Environmental Examination of Effects Consistent with the Anthropocene in the Lower Illinois River Valley. Midcontinential Journal of Archaeology 42:266-290.

Thomas, S.M., Chick, J.H., and S.J. Czesny.  2017. Underestimation of microzooplankton is a macro problem: one size fits all zooplankton sampling needs alterations. Journal of Great Lakes Research 43:91-101. (Citations = 1)

Gibson-Reinemer, D.K., Ickes, B.S., and J.H. Chick.  2017.  Development and assessment of a new method for combining catch per unit effort data from different fish sampling gears:  multi-gear mean standardization (MGMS).  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74:8-14. (

Solomon, L.E., Pendleton, R.M., Chick, J.H. and A.F. Casper.  2016.  Long-term changes in fish community structure in relation to the establishment of Asian carp in a large floodplain river.  Biological Invasions 18:2883–2895. (doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1180-8). (Citations = 12)

Culver, E. F., and J. H. Chick.  2015.  Shocking Results:  Assessing the Injury Rates of Fishes from Pulsed-DC Electrofishing.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management   35:1055-1063. 

Chick, J.H., Soeken-Gittinger, L.A., Ratcliff, E.N., Gittinger, E.J., Lubinski, B.L. and R. Maher.  2013.  A Decade of Monitoring on Pool 26 of the Upper Mississippi River:  Water Quality and Fish Data with Cross Component Analyses.  Bulletin of the Illinois Natural History Survey 39:323-420.


            Chick, J.H.  Prologue: A Decade of Monitoring.  Bulletin of the Illinois Natural History Survey 39:323.

            Soeken-Gittinger, L.A. and J.H. Chick.  Chapter 1: Setting the Stage - The Environmental

            Setting and Water Quality Trends of Pool 26.  Bulletin of the Illinois Natural History Survey 39:324-                350.

            Ratcliff, E.N., Lubinski, B.J., Gittinger, E.J. and J.H. Chick.  Chapter 2: Population Trends for Selected              Fishes in Pool 26 of the Upper Mississippi River.  Bulletin of the Illinois Natural History Survey                         39:351-369.

           Gittinger, E.J., Maher, R., Ratcliff, E.N. and J.H. Chick.  Chapter 3: Exploring fishery independent                     (LTRMP) data as a tool to evaluate the commercial fishery in Pool 26 of the Mississippi River.  Bulletin             of the Illinois Natural History Survey 39:370-386.

           Chick, J.H., Soeken-Gittinger, L.A., Ratcliff, E.N., Gittinger, E.J. and B.J. Lubinski.  Chapter 4:                         Evaluating relationships between environmental factors and the fish community in Pool 26 of the                     Mississippi River.  Bulletin of the Illinois Natural History Survey 39:387-401.

           Chick, J.H.  Epilogue: Is Long-Term-Ecological Monitoring Possible?  Bulletin of the Illinois Natural                   History Survey 39:403.

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Program affiliates:
Senior Management Team
Professional society involvement and activities:
American Fisheries Society
Ecological Society of America
Mississippi River Research Consortium
Vice President

PhD, Ecology, University of Georgia, 1997

MS, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, 1992

BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, University of Massachusetts, 1988

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