Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

James L Ellis
Title: Natural Areas Cordinator
Mailing address:
1816 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
Address mailcode: 652
Office room: 2106
Location: 2106 Forbes
Phone: 217-244-5695
Fax: 217-244-0802

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.
I am interested in the application of ecological restoration techniques to degraded plant communities especially tallgrass prairie in Illinois.
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Professional affiliations:
Illinois State Academy of Science
Natural Areas Association
Selected publications:
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
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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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