Curriculum Vitae


EDUCATION

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Expected Summer 2019
Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with Graduate Teaching Certificate

  • Advisor: Dr. Jim Miller

  • Dissertation Title: Managing the non-native grasses in a human-dominated system

    • Chapter 1, Grassland birds and their arthropod prey: community responses to invasive plant control and long-term management

    • Chapter 2, Dinner with a dickcissel (Spiza americana): nestling provisioning and prey availability in the context of invasive plant control

    • Chapter 3, AFactors influencing landowner willingness to manage non-native plants in the eastern Great Plains: Merging the Theory of Planned Behavior and Norm Activation Model

  • Relevant coursework: Spatial Ecological Modeling (NRES 565), GIS in Natural Resource Management (NRES 454), Graduate Statistical Ecology (NRES 598), Wildlife Population Ecology (NRES 407), Environmental Psychology (NRES 472), Human Dimensions of the Environment Seminar (RST 593), Quantitative Techniques in Fish & Wildlife (NRES 598)

B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Central Michigan University, 2014
Pre-graduate/Pre-professional Biology (major), Global Justice (minor)


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • American Association for University Women (AAUW) Fellow (2018-2019)

  • University of Illinois Instructor (Fall 2019)

  • University of Illinois Teaching Assistant (2017-2018)

  • University of Illinois Distinguished Fellow (2014-2017)


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Conservation in Working Landscapes Research Group, Grand River Grasslands

  • Collaborating Institutions: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Michigan State University, and Oklahoma State University, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, and landowners

  • Roles: Avian Field Technician (2014), Doctoral Student (2015-Present), Avian Field Crew Leader (2015-2018), Landowner Survey Coordinator (2016-2017), Vegetation Field Crew Coordinator (2017-2018)

  • Techniques: Avian transects & nest monitoring, vegetation cover estimation, arthropod sampling & identification, survey implementation (Dillman multi-contact method)

Department of Biology Undergraduate Researcher, Central Michigan University, 2011–2014

  • Honors thesis, Untangling the Norops sericeus complex; Advised by Dr. Kirsten Nicholson

  • Project, Food choice of red-shouldered hawks; Advised by Dr. Wiline Pangle


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (*List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent)

  • NRES 100: Fundamentals of Environmental Science

    • Instructor of record (Fall 2018*, Fall 2019), Teaching Assistant (Fall 2017*)

    • Course for non-majors meant to increase student understanding of environmental science and personal environmental worldviews. 

    • As the instructor, I redesigned the course lectures to include active-learning strategies and a project where students experiment with lifestyle changes to reduce their ecological footprints

    • As the T.A., I redesigned and led the online discussion section for the course based on current issues. I also gave guest lectures and graded assignments

  • NRES 456: Integrative Ecosystem Management 

    • Teaching Assistant (Spring 2018*)

    • Capstone course for senior Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences majors. In the course, students examined alternatives to traditional management of natural systems from both social and ecological perspectives.

    • As the T.A., I assisted the instructor in redesigning the lectures to include active-learning strategies; I also gave guest lectures, organized and coordinated the end-of-semester symposium, and graded exams and assignments

  • Guest Lectures

    • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center internship program, “Relevance of Social Science to Management” (2019)

    • NRES 456: Integrative Ecosystem Management (2017, 2018, & 2019)

    • NRES 100: Fundamentals of Environmental Science (2017)

    • NRES 287: Environment and Society (2017)

Mentorship of Undergraduate Students

  • Grad Student Mentor, College of ACES Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    • Iris Bradley (2016-2018), Jenna Mattes (2017-2018), Rachel Daughtridge (2016-2019), and Katherine Rola (2015-2016)

  • Undergraduate Researchers’ Initiative Program, Grad Student Mentor

    • April Wendling (2016), Jena Johnson (2017), Maria Repiscak (2018), Madelyn Wagner (2018)

  • Social Science Independent Study Experience Coordinator/Mentor

    • Cora Wessman (2017), Sara Dong (2017)

  • Other Mentorship/Supervisory Experiences

    • Field technicians (8), lab assistants (7)

Birds of Prey Rehabilitation and Education Intern, Wildlife Recovery Association, 2012–2014

  • Co-presenter at >30 wildlife education programs for various age and interest groups

College 101, Passion for Wildlife Speaker, 2012–2014

  • Self-initiated collaboration between College 101 (nonprofit aimed at college readiness for at-risk youth) and Wildlife Recovery Association (wildlife education)

  • Designed and led >15 interactive talks over three years for at-risk students from both rural and urban background

Science and Writing Tutor, Central Michigan University Athletic Services, 2013–2014

  • Topics: general biology, microbiology, genetics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and academic writing


PUBLICATIONS *Indicates undergraduate mentees

In Prep (complete drafts only)

  1. Coon, JJ, CJ van Riper, L Wright Morton, and JR Miller. Landowner willingness to manage non-native grasses in the eastern Great Plains: the influence of attitudes, norms, and perceived abilities.

  2. Coon, JJ, SB Maresh Nelson, *IA Bradley, *K Rola, and JR Miller. Increased abundance and productivity of a grassland bird after experimental control of the invasive grass tall fescue.

  3. Maresh Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, and JR Miller. Does vegetation mediate adaptive habitat selection by a grassland bird?

  4. Maresh Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, and JR Miller. Adaptive habitat selection varies across reproductive metrics, sexes, and scales: evidence from a polygynous songbird.

In Review/In Revision

  1. Coon, JJ, CJ van Riper, LW Morton, and JR Miller. In Revision. Exploring non-response bias using a follow-up survey on wildlife attitudes in the rural Midwest.

  2. Larson, ER, BM Graham, R Achury, JJ Coon, MK Daniels, DK Gambrell, KL Jonasen, GD King, N LaRacuente, TIN Perrin-Stowe, EM Reed, CJ Rice, SA Ruzi, MW Thairu, JC Wilson, and AV Suarez. In Revision. From environmental DNA (eDNA) to citizen science: Emerging tools for the early detection of invasive species.

  3. Strauser, J, WP Stewart, L Foelske, N Shipley, NM Evans, JJ Coon, and CJ van Riper. In Revision. Testing the effects of incentives on survey response rates in two rural counties.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Raynor, EJ, JJ Coon, TM Swartz, LW Morton, WH Schacht, and JR Miller. In Press. A social-ecological assessment of cattle producer views toward conservation, an invasive grass, and stocking rate.

  2. Swartz, TM, JJ Coon, JR Mattes*, & JR Miller. 2019. Identifying Opportunities to Conserve Farm Ponds on Private Lands: Integration of Social, Ecological, and Historical Data. Land, 8(9), 127. PDF

  3. Maresh Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, WH Schacht, and JR Miller. 2019. Cattle select against the invasive grass tall fescue in heterogeneous pastures managed with prescribed fire. Grass and Forage Science. [co-first authors]. doi:10.1111/gfs.12411

  4. Maresh Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, CJ Duchardt, JR Miller, DB Debinski, and WH Schacht. 2018. Contrasting impacts of invasive plants and human-altered land cover on nest survival and parasitism of a grassland bird. Landscape Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10980-018-0703-3

  5. Coon, JJ, SB Nelson, *IA Bradley, *AC West, and JR Miller. In Press. Parental infanticide in Dickcissels (Spiza americana): video evidence and a review of potential mechanisms. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

  6. Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, CJ Duchardt, JD Fischer, SJ Halsey, AJ Kranz, CM Parker, SC Schneider, TM Swartz, JR Miller. 2017. Patterns and mechanisms of invasive plant impacts on North American birds: a systematic review. Biological Invasions, 19(5): 1547-1563. PDF

  7. Coon, JJ, M Atkin, L Gabriel, and WM Pangle. 2015. Food choice of red-shouldered hawks (Buteo lineatus) in a rehabilitation setting in Shepherd, MI: Behavioral insights from novel methods. Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, 35(2): 15-22. PDF

  8. Coon, JJ and WM Pangle. 2015. Too hot to handle: Climate change and adaptive evolution in vertebrates. EvoS Journal: The Journal of Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 7(1), 1-9. PDF

Other Publications & Reports

  1. Coon, JJ, SB Maresh Nelson, L Wright Morton, and JR Miller. 2019. Agricultural, ecological, and social responses to an invasive grass and its removal in working Midwestern grasslands. Sustainable Agriculture, Research, and Education-North Central Region, Report GNC 15-201. <https://projects.sare.org/project-reports/gnc15-201/>

  2. Coon, JJ, LW Morton, & JR Miller. 2018. A survey of landowners in the Grand River Grasslands: Managing wildlife, cattle, and non-native plants. Report 04-18, University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Urbana, IL.  <http://hdl.handle.net/2142/99941>

  3. Coon, JJ. 2014. Nature as a distant other: What the human species owes to biological communities. Honors Platform [CMU Undergraduate Academic Journal], 2: 11-16.


RESEARCH SUPPORT

Grants

Coon, JJ, JR Miller, SB Nelson, MD Coon, L Wright Morton, and J Rusk. 2015-2019. Agricultural, ecological, and social responses to an invasive grass and its removal in working Midwestern grasslands. USDA North-Central Region Sustainable Agriculture, Research, and Education (SARE), Graduate Student Grant GSP15-038, $9,977. 

Coon, JJ, and JF Capozzelli. 2017. Grassland birds, an invasive grass, and arthropods: exploring food web relationships using a long-term avian dataset. Iowa Ornithologists’ Union Small Grant, $1014. 

Coon, JJ. 2016-2017. Grassland birds, an invasive grass, and arthropods: a potential trophic cascade in an actively managed landscape. Wilson Ornithological Society’s Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grant, $2500.

Coon, JJ, and JF Capozzelli. 2016. Biodiversity in working landscapes: Help us conserve declining grassland birds in restored Midwestern grasslands. Experiment.com Crowdfunding Grant, Ornithology Challenge Winner, $3921. <experiment.com/grasslandbirds>

Coon, JJ, and JR Miller. 2016. Expanding the sample size for a grassland management landowner survey. Illinois Sustainable Agriculture, Research, and Education Mini-Grant, $1500.

Nelson, SB, and JJ Coon. 2016. Exploring the impacts of an invasive grass on grassland bird habitat selection, behavior, and fitness. Garden Club of America Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat, $4500.

Coon, JJ, and KE Nicholson. 2013. The Norops sericeus lizard complex: Untangling species relationships. Central Michigan University Biology Department Tom and Nancy Storch Research Award, $3000.

Coon, JJ, and KE Nicholson. 2013. The Norops sericeus lizard complex: Untangling species relationships using nuDNA. Central Michigan University Undergraduate Research Award, $500.

Travel Support

Coon, JJ. 2019. Travel to Present at the Society for Range Management Conference. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Educational Opportunity Grant, $200; and Graduate College Conference Travel Grant, $200. 

Coon, JJ. 2018. US-IALE Competitive Student Travel Award, $700.

Coon, JJ. 2017. Travel to Present at US-IALE Conference. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences’ Educational Opportunity Grant, $275.

Capozzelli, JF, JJ Coon, and TM Swartz. 2016. Biomass sampling in the Grand River Grasslands: determining the effects of stocking rate on vegetation remaining after the growing season. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences’ Educational Opportunity Grant, $1200.


PRESENTATIONS *Indicates undergraduate mentees

Conferences

  1. Coon, JJ, CJ van Riper, LW Morton, and JR Miller. June 2019. Exploring landowner willingness to manage non-native plants in the eastern Great Plains: the influence of attitudes, norms, and perceived abilities on behavior. Presentation at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in Oskosh, WI.

  2. Coon, JJ, SB Maresh Nelson, NJ Lyon, EJ Raynor, DM Debinski, WH Schacht, and JR Miller. April 2019. Grassland bird, arthropod, and vegetation response to invasive grass management: Results of a landscape-scale experiment. Presentation at the US Section of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) Annual Meeting in Fort Collins, CO.

  3. Maresh Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, JR Miller, DM Debinski, WH Schacht. April 2019. Can grassland birds rely on vegetation cues to select high-quality habitats in human-dominated landscapes? Annual Meeting of US-IALE in Fort Collins, CO.

  4. Maresh Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, JR Miller, WH Schacht, DM Debinski. Feb. 2019. Tall fescue: an invasive grass impacts songbirds and cattle in a working landscape. Presentation at the Ohio Invasive Plant Research Conference in Columbus, OH.

  5. Raynor, EJ, JJ Coon, NJ Lyon, H Hillhouse, WH Schacht, DM Debinski, and JR Miller. Feb. 2019. Managing invasive cool-season grasses with grazing, fire, and herbicides in the eastern Tallgrass Prairie. Presentation at the Society for Range Management Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

  6. Coon, JJ, EJ Raynor, TM Swartz, LW Morton, CJ van Riper, WH Schacht, JR Miller. Feb. 2019. Decision-making on privately-owned grasslands: Stocking rate, non-native grasses, and changing perceptions toward conservation. Presentation at the Society for Range Management Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

  7. Coon, JJ, EJ Raynor, LW Morton, CJ van Riper, and JR Miller. Feb. 2019. Grazing, Fire, and Non-native grasses: Possibilities for conserving biodiversity on privately-owned grasslands. Presentation at Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium in Urbana, IL. (Best Overall Talk, Graduate Student Judges; Best Post-Prelim Talk, Faculty Judges)

  8. Coon, JJ, CJ van Riper, LW Morton, and JR Miller. Sep. 2018. Exploring landowner willingness to manage non-native plants in a working landscape: the influence of social groups and personal obligation. Paper presented at the Nature-Society Workshop in Madison, WI. 

  9. Coon, JJ, SB Nelson, LW Morton, and JR Miller. Apr. 2018. Landowners, non-native plants, and grassland birds: Exploring possibilities for management on privately-owned pastures that serve as wildlife habitat. Presentation at the US-IALE Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

  10. Swartz, TM, *JR Mattes, JJ Coon, and JR Miller. Apr. 2018. Integrating historical, ecological, and social data to understand patterns of amphibian occupancy and habitat availability in an agroecosystem. Presentation the US-IALE Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. (Best Student Presentation, TM Swartz)

  11. Coon, JJ, JR Miller. Apr. 2017. Habitat and livelihoods: the effects of a non-native plant on grassland wildlife in a complex human-dominated environment. Poster at the US-IALE Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

  12. Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, *IA Bradley, and JR Miller. March 2017. Defining the consequences of anthropogenic habitat change: Impacts of plant invasions and land conversion on grassland bird nest ecology. Presentation at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference in Urbana, IL.

  13. Coon, JJ, and JR Miller. Feb. 2017. Grassland bird response to removing invasive tall fescue (Schedonorus phoenix). Presentation at the Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium in Urbana, IL.

  14. Coon, JJ and JR Miller. Feb. 2016. Tall fescue in a social-agricultural system. Poster at the Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium in Urbana, IL. (Best Poster Award, JJ Coon)

  15. Coon, JJ and JR Miller. Apr. 2015. Tall fescue as a dual ecological-agricultural problem: the effects of an invasive grass on avian communities in an agricultural landscape. Poster at the Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society (ICTWS) Meeting in Urbana, IL.

  16. Coon, JJ. Apr. 2015. Women scientists, gendered environmental movements, and climate change vulnerabilities: A call for public and private empowerment. Presentation at the Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS) Fourth Global Meeting in Urbana, IL.

  17. Coon, JJ and B Bechtold. Apr. 2014. Global justice issues and personal responsibility: ecological connections. Poster at CMU SRCEE in Mount Pleasant, MI.

  18. Coon, JJ and KE Nicholson. Mar. 2014. The Norops sericeus lizard complex: conservation implications of phylogenetic research. Invited poster at the Posters at the Capitol event in Lansing, MI.

  19. Coon, JJ, AB Dziesinski, and TH Rohrer. Mar. 2013. Energize education: an exploration of nonprofit energy consulting for public schools. Presentation at the competitive New Venture Competition in Mount Pleasant, MI (semifinalists)

  20. Coon, JJ, AE Shepard, AC Ford, and BL Coon. Nov. 2013. Bringing Inclusive Children’s Literature out of the Closet through surveys with teachers. Panel presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference in Boston, MA.

  21. Camarena, PC, K Cameron, JJ Coon, AL Erwin, AB Dziesinski, S King, H Lomanaco, M MacDermaid, R McDaniel, and D Tjalsma. Mar. 2011. No grades please! Lessons from one first year Honors seminar’s exploration of students’ grade orientation. Presentation at Mid East Honors Association Conference in Dayton, OH

Stakeholder Meetings

  1. Coon, JJ, LW Morton, and JR. Miller. May 2018. Landowner Perceptions of Management and Conservation in the Grand River Grasslands: A Longitudinal Comparison (2007, 2017). Presentation at the Leopold Center Grand River Grasslands Grant Report-Out Meeting in Mt Ayr, IA.

  2. Coon, JJ, LW Morton, and JR. Miller. May 2018. Landowner Perceptions of Management and Conservation in the Grand River Grasslands: A Longitudinal Comparison (2007, 2017). Presentation at the 2018 Grand River Grasslands Future Directions meeting in Mt Ayr, IA.

  3. Duchardt, CJ, JJ Coon, and JR Miller. May 2017. Grassland bird response to fire, grazing, and herbicide. Presentation at the Grand River Grasslands Symposium: Ten Years of Research - Key Findings and Future Directions in Lamoni, IA.

  4. Coon, JJ, LW Morton, C.J. van Riper, and JR Miller. May 2017. Landowner attitudes toward non-native plants, native wildlife, and grassland management. Presentation at the Grand River Grasslands Symposium: Ten Years of Research - Key Findings and Future Directions in Lamoni, IA.

Presentations Led by Undergraduate Mentees

  1. *Bradley, IA, JJ Coon, SB Nelson, and JR Miller. Apr. 2018. Caught on camera: Provisioning behavior of a grassland songbird species of conservation concern. Poster at the Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium in Urbana, IL. (Best Poster Award, IA Bradley)

  2. *Daughtridge, RC, JJ Coon, *IA Bradley, and JR Miller. Apr 2018. Arthropod Response to a Landscape-Scale Herbicide Treatment: An Exploration of Grassland Birds’ Prey Base. Poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) in Urbana, IL.

  3. *Mattes, JR, TM Swartz, JJ Coon, and JR Miller. Apr. 2018. Assessing the Influence of Landowner Attitudes on the Availability and Quality of Amphibian Habitat in Human-Constructed Ponds. Poster at the URS in Urbana, IL.

  4. *Repiscak, M, JJ Coon, JF Capozzelli, LR Lynch, and JR Miller. Apr. 2018. Evaluating habitat quality for shrubland birds, arthropods, and bee communities in human-dominated landscapes. Poster at the Undergraduate Researchers Initiative (URI) Symposium in Urbana, IL.

  5. *Wagner, M. *IA Bradley, JJ Coon, SB Nelson, and JR Miller. Apr. 2018. Caught on Camera: Documenting Nestling Diet of a Grassland Bird. Poster at the URI Symposium in Urbana, IL.

  6. *Bradley, IA, JJ Coon, SB Nelson, and JR Miller. Apr. 2017. Caught on camera: Provisioning behavior of a grassland songbird species of conservation concern. Poster at the URS in Urbana, IL.

  7. *Dong, S, *C Wessman, JJ Coon, and JR Miller. Apr. 2017. Conservation in working landscapes: controlling invasive species on private land. Poster at the URS in Urbana, IL.

  8. *Johnson, J, JJ Coon, TM Swartz, JF Capozzelli, and JR Miller. Apr. 2017. Conservation in human-dominated grasslands of the Midwest: ponds, cattle grazing, and shrub encroachment. Poster at the URI Symposium in Urbana, IL.

  9. *Wendling, A, JJ Coon, TM Swartz, JF Capozzelli, and JR Miller. Apr. 2016. Effects of land use on grassland biodiversity: birds, arthropods, and amphibians. Poster at the URI Symposium in Urbana, IL.

  10. *Rola, KE, JJ Coon, and JR Miller. Mar. 2016. Effects of arthropod abundance within dickcissel (Spiza americana) territories on nestling body condition. Poster at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) at Miami University in Oxford, OH.


HONORS & AWARDS

Fellowships

  • AAUW American Fellowship, Dissertation Completion Award (1-year award), 2018-2019

  • UIUC Distinguished Fellowship (3-year award), 2014-2017

  • CMU Centralis Scholar Award (4-year award), 2010-2014

Scholarships

  • Garden Club of Downer’s Grove, Janet Leiwehr Memorial Scholarship, 2016

  • CMU Biology Department, George R. Wheeler Scholarship, 2012, 2013

  • Detroit News/Catch Outstanding Scholar Award, 2010

Awards

  • Best Overall Talk, Student Judges; Best Post-Prelim Talk, Faculty Judges;  Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium (GEEB), 2019

  • List of Instructors Ranked as Excellent (3 semesters), 2017-2018

  • Best Poster Award, Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2016

  • CMU Honors Program Outstanding Senior Project Award, Science, 2014

  • CMU Social and Behavioral Sciences Paper Competition, Honorable Mention, 2014

  • CMU Udall Scholar Nominee/National Scholarship Nominee Award, 2012, 2013

  • CMU Robert Newby Fund to Support Student Diversity Efforts, 2012

  • CMU President’s List (4.0 GPA), 2010-2014

  • CMU Centralis Scholar Award (4-year full scholarship + stipend), 2010-2014

  • National Merit Commended Scholar, 2010

  • National Advanced Placement Scholar, 2010


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Upper Midwest Nature-Society Workshop, Moderator and Participant, 2018

  • Graduate Students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, Judge, 2017, 2018

  • Reviewer, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 2018

  • NRES Grad Student Welcome Panel, Member (2017); Organizer (2018

  • Environmental Justice NRES Faculty Search Committee, Student Member, 2017

  • Graduate College Welcome Event, Poster Presentation, 2017

  • Capstone Presentations by NRES Seniors, Judge (2017), Organizer (2018)

  • Grad School Preparation for NRES Undergraduates, Panelist, 2016


AFFILIATIONS

  • Society for Range Management, 2018-Present

  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR), 2017-Present

  • American Association for University Women (AAUW), 2017-Present

  • US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, 2017-Present

  • 500 Women Scientists, Champaign-Urbana Pod, 2017-Present

  • American Ornithology Society (formerly AOU/COS), 2015-Present

  • Association of Field Ornithologists, 2015-Present

  • Wilson Ornithological Society, 2015-Present

  • Graduate Women in Science, 2015-Present

  • CMU Honors Platform Science Editor [Undergraduate Academic Journal], 2013-2014

  • CMU Honors Program, 2010-2014