• Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago/Chicago Botanic Garden, 2010
  • B.A., Biology, St. Olaf College, 2003
Areas of Interest

Ison lab members have research interests in ecology, conservation biology, and ecological genetics. We study how anthropogenic (i.e., human-induced) alterations to natural areas are impacting native plant populations. In North America, nearly all of our natural areas have been fragmented, and many populations are small and isolated. In fact, less than 1% of the pre-settlement prairie remains. The fragmentation and loss of habitats mean that the remaining native plant populations are often subject to the ecological and genetic consequences of small population sizes. Our research examines how flowering time, plant density, and pollinator taxa affect population persistence across a fragmented landscape. Please visit the lab’s webpage to learn more about our research and for information on joining the lab: https://isonlab.voices.wooster.edu/

Courses Taught
  • BIOL 202 Gateway to Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 340 Field Botany
  • BIOL 350 Population and Community Ecology
  • BIOL 356 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 399 Plant-Insect Interactions
Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, The College of Wooster, 2015-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Wabash College and Wittenberg University, 2013-2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, 2010-2013