Award Recipients and Reports


Moshe Piltz was a junior majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during his time as an intern. He is now a benthic macroinvertebrate taxonomist with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.


Sabine Miller developed and carried out a protocol for assessing habitat characteristics, macroinvertebrates, and fish populations of Jordan Creek based on historical sampling events. She is now a first-year masters student in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science degree program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


No Award Distributed


Josh Sherwood* – Benthic Habitat Mapping of the Vermilion River System (Wabash River Drainage).


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Claire Thomas – Scavenger or predator? Examining a potential predator–prey relationship between crayfish and benthic fish in stream food webs

Steven Zelski – Environmental sampling of aquatic fungi in Jordan Creek.


Muchu Zhou – “Patterns of structural and carotenoid-based male color variation differ based on species, population, and body size in rainbow and orangethroat darters.”


Yong Cao – “The changes of stream fish-community uniqueness over the past century in Champaign County and the long-term trend in Jordan Creek.”

Eden Effert – “The influence of riparian forest on community structure and stream metabolism in an agricultural watershed.”


Mark Carter –  “Effects of turbidity and cover on prey selection of smallmouth bass.”


Matt Diana – “Morphological differences between bluegill populations in lotic and lentic systems.”

Maminirina Randrianandrasana – “Feeding habits in larval stages of Isoperla nana(Walsh) (Insecta: Plecoptera: Perlodidae) in Jordan Creek (Vermilion County, Illinois).”

Sandra Yi – “Parasite-host interactions between aquatic mites (Acari: Hydrachnidia) and mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in urban and rural freshwater habitats.”


Ann Readel –  “Effect of habitat degradation on the health and conservation of painted turtles (Chrysemys picta) and slider turtles (Trachemys scripta).”


Hope Dodd – “Evaluation of Newbury weirs (rock riffles) for improving habitat quality and biotic diversity in Illinois streams.”


Ben Batten – “A study of the fishes of Saline Ditch, Champaign County, Illinois.”

Jeremy Tiemann –  “Diel and longitudinal differences in habitat use by Noturusspecies.”