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Julie E Nieset
Title: Wetland Plant Ecologist
Mailing address:
1816 S. Oak St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
Forbes Natural History Building
Champaign, IL 61820
Address mailcode: 652
Office room:
Phone: 217-300-2472
Fax: 217-244-0802

Wetland assessments; plant surveys; wetland mitigation monitoring; educational outreach
Wetland and plant communities; Sustainable agriculture; Ecological restoration.
Message to students:
Mortar Board Honorary Society
Professional affiliations:
Society of Wetland Scientists
Grand Prairie Friends
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
Seed Saver Exchange
Selected publications:

I have been lead author on over 32 IDOT wetland delineation and monitoring projects and reports submitted for regulatory compliance. I have also assisted with over 57 additional IDOT projects and reports.

Plant and Invertebrate Community Changes by Flood-Pulsing in a Constructed Riparian Wetland. Caiassa, MK, Nieset, JE, Romita, A, and deSzalay, FA. American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting 2005, abstract #NB32F-03.

The Effect of Protozoan Predation on Four Bacterial Communities. Nieset, J. E. University of Akron Master Thesis. May 2006. Document number: akron 1145300999, University of Akron library.

Drinkard, M., Kershner, M., Romito, A., Nieset, J, and De Szalay, F.  Responses of Plants and Invertebrate Assemblages to Water Level Fluctuation in Headwater Wetlands. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 30(4):981-996. 2011.


  • Nieset, J.E., Engelhardt, M.J., Sivicek, V.A., Wilm, B., and B. Zercher. “Floodplain wetland restoration: comparing two large wetland mitigation banks along the Illinois River. Poster presented at the Wisconsin Wetland Association Conference, February 2014, Lacrosse, WI; Prairie Research Institute Lightening Symposium, March 2014, Champaign, IL; Society Wetland Scientists North Central Chapter Annual Meeting, October 2014, Carbondale, IL.
  • Nieset, J. Oral presentations: “Wetland Food Webs” and “Wetland Plants” 2014 and 2015. Presented to participants at Dater Montessori school wetland during the ‘Powered by Nature’ Camp, Cincinnati Ohio.
  • Nieset, J., Miller, A., Bone, T., and Smith, R. “Bryophyte Bonanza.” Naturally Illinois Expo. Prairie Research Institute, Champaign, Illinois. 17-18 April 2015. Exhibit.
  • McIntyre, S., Tsai, J., Geatz, G., Kenney, I., and Nieset, J.  “IDOT-Wetland Plant and Soil Adaptations.” Naturally Illinois Expo. Prairie Research Institute, Champaign, Illinois. April 2015. Exhibit.
  • Nieset, J.E., Skultety, D., Wilm, B., and L. Sass. “Wetland delineation and monitoring in Illinois: a compilation of 28 years of data and counting.” Poster presented at the Wisconsin Wetland Association Conference, February, 2016, Green Bay, WI.
  • Nieset, J., Wiesbrook, S., and S. McIntyre.  “Illinois Natural History Survey Wetland Science Program presents Wetland Wonders.”  Urbana Free Library family program, Urbana, IL, February, 2016.
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Professional society involvement and activities:
I initiated and coordinated a schoolyard wetland project at Dater Montessori School, completed September 2012.  In addition to constructing a small wetland we had wetland and water quality related educational activities for the elementary school students at Dater.  For more information as well as pictures see:
Society of Wetland Scientists North Central Chapter: President-Elect/Program Committee Chair/Regional Coordinator of Wetland Treasures Program 2015-present; Treasurer/Secretary/Membership Committee Chair 2013-2015. 

M.S. Biology, University of Akron
Graduate certificates in Environmental Studies and Technical Education

B.G.S., General Studies/Pre-Medicine
Kent State University

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