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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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Phone: 217-300-3844

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.
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Best Presentation - Illinois Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 2014


Volunteer Service Award  - Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois – 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


Professional affiliations:

Adjunct Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

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

Selected publications:

Colaninno, C.E., Chick, J.H., and M. Feldmann. 2020. Lessons learned from educational research of a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Journal of Archaeology and Education. 4:1-27.

Chick, J.H., C.E. Colaninno, A.M. Beyer, 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, L.C. Ward, K.A. Maxson, E.N. Ratcliff, B.J. Lubinski and E.J. Gittinger. 2020. Following the edge of the flood: Use of shallow-water habitat by larval silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 35:95-104.  

Chick, J.H., D.K. Gibson-Reinemer, L.Soeken-Gittinger, and A.F. Casper. 2019. Invasive silver carp is empirically linked to declines of native sport fish in the Upper Mississippi River System.  Biological Invasions 22:723-734.

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., 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)

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.

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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 2005-2006
- President 2006-2007

PhD, Ecology, University of Georgia, 1997

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

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

Lab name: Great Rivers Field Station Lab research: Lab publications: Lab current projects: chick

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