Students working at the TFSE and in the Emiquon Preserve have presented their research at a number of conferences, meetings, and workshops (big and small). Here are some of them:

  • Benedict, L, MJ Lemke, F Velho, LCl Rodrigues, K Dungey, and A Kent. 2015. Plankton community changes in the early phase of Thompson Lake restoration, Emiquon Preserve, Illinois. 7th Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter Meeting. 18.
  • Benedict, MM and AM Lemke. 2015. Benthic macroinvertebrate community response to large-scale lake restoration. 7th Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter Meeting. 41.
  • Buss, CD, H Chen, and A McEuen. Storage of soil organic carbon and total nitrogen in restored wetlands and croplands of Illinois: a chronosequence approach. 7th Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter Meeting. 21.
  • Fretueg, GR, DR Ruez, Jr., and Y-S Lin. 2013. Habitat characteristics of river otter (Lontra canadensis) latrines at the Emiquon complex. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 106 (supplement):39.
  • Fretueg, G. River otter (Lontra canadensis) ecology at the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge and the Emiquon Preserve.  Illinois State Museum Brownbag Lecture. April 2012.
  • Freteug, GR, and DR Ruez, Jr. 2011. Latrine site selection and diet composition of river otters (Lontra canadensis) in a restored Illinois floodplain. RiverWatch Symposium, p. 9.

Past Presentations

The following student research projects have been presented at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Student Technology, Arts, and Research Symposium.


  • Can Geographic Ranges Predict Seedling Success in Tallgrass Prairie Restorations?
    David Seidel, Jacob Sherell, Grace Kennedy, and Amy McEuen (advisor)
  • The Effect of Flooding on Water Quality in Restored and Unrestored Illinois River Floodplain Lakes.
    Daniell Bennett, Alexander Johnson, Keenan Dungey (advisor) and Michael Lemke (advisor)


  • Alternative Dynamic Regime Theory: Large Scale Community Shifts in a Newly Restored Lake Across Multiple Community Levels.
    Logan Benedict and Michael Lemke (advisor)
  • Response of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities to Large-Scale Lake Restoration.
    Melissa Benedict and Maria Lemke (advisor)
  • Implementation of a Monarch Waystation at Emiquon.
    Kaitlin M. Hollenbeck and Tih-Fen Ting (advisor)
  • Physical and Chemical Trends in Thompson Lake, Lewistown, IL.
    Matthew Sojka, Michael Lemke (advisor), and Keenan Dungey (advisor)
  • A Nationwide Evaluation of the Hacking Technique for Ospreys.
    April Simnor and Tih-Fen Ting (advisor)


  • Ecological Alternative Dynamic Regimes, Regime Shifts, and Community Change in a Newly Restored Floodplain Lake.Logan Benedict and Michael Lemke (advisor)
  • Secondary Production of Benthic Macroinvertebrates in a Newly Restored Lake.
    Melissa Benedict, Michael Lemke (advisor), and Maria Lemke (advisor)
  • Cataloging the Plant Diversity of the UIS and Emiquon Tallgrass Prairie Restorations.
    Haley Gossage, Sara Peterson, and Amy McEuen (advisor)
  • Soil Organic Carbon and Total Nitrogen Storage in Two Restored Tallgrass Prairies at Emiquon in Illinois: Potential for C Sequestration.
    Sophia Pham and Hua Chen (advisor)


  • Small Mammal Population Monitoring in the Tallgrass Prairie at Emiquon Preserve.JoAnn Morgando, Kyle Peecher, and Amy McEuen (advisor)
  • Carbon and Nitrogen Storage in Two Restored Prairies at Emiquon.
    Sophia Pham and Hua Chen (advisor)


  • The Effect of Herbivory on Agastache foeniculum, Liatris aspera and Tradescantia bracteata Establishment in a Recently Reconstructed Tallgrass Prairie.
    Morgan Diffenderfer and Amy McEuen (advisor)
  • Latrine Site Selection and Diet Composition of River Otters (Lontra canadensis) in a Restored Illinois Floodplain.
    Gregory R. Fretueg and Dennis R. Ruez, Jr. (advisor)