Curriculum Vitae


EDUCATION

Ph.D. (in progress), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Expected May 2019
Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

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


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Ph.D Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014–Present

  • Advisor: Dr. Jim Miller
  • Dissertation Title: Ecological and social responses to the invasive grass tall fescue (Schedonorus arundinaceus)
    • 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
    •  Chapte 3, Attitudes, norms, and perceived abilities to manage invasive grasses in the rural Midwest: an application of a modified Theory of Planned Behavior

Grassland Bird Field Technician, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2014

  •  Intensively searched for and monitored grassland bird nests.

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

Grand River Grasslands Outreach Programs, Co-Coordinator, 2016 – Present

  • Field Technician for a Day, 3-day internship experience for high school students
  • Field Technician Experience for Undergraduates, 3-month internship for college credit

Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • NRES 100: Fundamentals of Environmental Science (grading, discussions, and guest lecture), Fall 2017
  • NRES 456: Integrative Ecosystem Management (Capstone Course), upcoming Spring 2018

Additional Guest Lectures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • NRES 287: Environment and Society (Apr. 2017)
  • NRES 456: Integrative Ecosystem Management (Feb. 2017)

Mentorship of Undergraduate Students

  • Iris Bradley, B.S. expected May 2018 – Undergraduate Research Fellow (Fall 2016-Spring 2017), Undergraduate Research Assistant (Fall 2015-Spring 2018), Undergraduate Field Assistant (May-Aug. 2016)
  • Jenna Mattes, B.S. expected May 2020 – Undergraduate Research Fellow (Fall 2017-Present), Undergraduate Research Assistant (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)
  • Rachel Daughtridge, B.S. expected May 2020 – Undergraduate Research Fellow (Fall 2017 - Present), Undergraduate Research Assistant (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)
  • Kat Rola, B.S. May 2016 – Undergraduate Research Fellow (Fall 2015-Spring 2016), Undergraduate Research Assistant (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
  • Other Undergraduate Mentees: independent study students (3); Undergraduate Researchers Initiative students (2); undergraduate lab assistants (1); and field technicians (6) 

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

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

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

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

PUBLICATIONS

*Indicates undergraduate mentees

Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, WH Schacht, and JR Miller. In Review. Native and non-native grass composition influences cattle grazing in the context of management with prescribed fire and alternative grazing pressures. Submitted to Agriculture, Ecosystems, & Environment. [co-first authors]

Nelson, SB, JJ Coon, CM Duchardt, JR Miller, DB Debinski, and WH Schacht. In Review. Contrasting impacts of invasive plants and human-altered land cover on nest survival and parasitism of a grassland bird. Submitted to Ecological Applications. 

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.

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

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

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

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


RESEARCH SUPPORT

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

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, TM Swartz, and JF Capozzelli. 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.

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

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.

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, JR Miller, SB Nelson, MD Coon, L Wright Morton, and J Rusk. 2015-2018. 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 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.

Coon, JJ, and KE Nicholson. 2012. The Norops sericeus lizard complex: Untangling species relationships using mtDNA. Central Michigan University Undergraduate Research Award, $500.


PRESENTATIONS

*Indicates undergraduate mentees

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

Coon, JJ, LW Morton, and JR Miller. May 2017 (Invited). Landowner attitudes toward non-native plants, native wildlife, and grassland management. Oral presentation at the Grand River Grasslands Symposium: Ten Years of Research - Key Findings and Future Directions, in Lamoni, IA.

Coon, JJ, JR Miller. April 2017. Habitat and livelihoods: the effects of a non-native plant on grassland wildlife in a complex human-dominated environment. Poster at the US Section of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) in Baltimore, MD.

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. Oral presentation at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference in Urbana, IL.

Coon, JJ, and JR Miller. Feb. 2017. Grassland bird response to removal of the invasive grass tall fescue (Schedonorus phoenix). Oral presentation at the Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium in Urbana, IL.

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)

Coon, JJ and JR Miller. April 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.

Coon, JJ and KE Nicholson. April 2014. The Norops sericeus lizard complex: untangling species relationships. Poster at the Central Michigan University Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition (CMU SRCEE) in Mount Pleasant, MI.

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

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

Presentations Led by Undergraduate Mentees

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

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

*Johnson, J, and JR Miller. April 2017. Conservation in human-dominated grasslands of the Midwest: ponds, cattle grazing, and shrub encroachment. Poster at the Undergraduate Researchers Initiative Symposium in Urbana, IL.

*Wendling, A., and JR Miller. April 2016. Effects of land use on grassland biodiversity: birds, arthropods, and amphibians. Poster at the Undergraduate Researchers Initiative Symposium in Urbana, IL.

*Rola, KE, JJ Coon, and JR Miller. March 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

  • Garden Club of Downer’s Grove, Janet Leiwehr Memorial Scholarship, 2016
  • Best Poster Award, Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2016
  • UIUC Distinguished Fellowship (12-month, 3-year appointment), 2014-2017
  • CMU Honors Program Outstanding Senior Project Award, Science, 2014
  • CMU Social and Behavioral Sciences Paper Competition, Honorable Mention, 2014
  • CMU Biology Department, George R. Wheeler Scholarship, 2012, 2013
  • 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
  • Detroit News/Catch Outstanding Scholar Award, 2010


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Graduate Student Member, Environmental Justice Faculty Search Committee (UIUC NRES), 2017
  • Grad Student Welcome Event Poster Presentation (UIUC Graduate College), 2017
  • Judge, Integrative Ecosystem Management Capstone Presentations by Undergraduate Seniors, 2017
  • Grad Student Welcome Panel (UIUC NRES), 2017
  • Judge, Graduate Students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium (UIUC NRES), 2017
  • Panelist, Grad School Prep Event (UIUC NRES), 2016

AFFILIATIONS

  • 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