Prairie Research Institute

Lightning Symposium 2024


Welcome to this year’s PRI Lightning Symposium!

40 Lightning Talks
5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds each. Ready? Go!
38 Posters


9:00 am — Welcome

9:10 am — Introduction and ground rules

Lightning Talks 

9:15 am — Session 1

Jason Bried INHS Exploring species co-occurrence and metacommunity assembly in homogeneous environments
Jason Zhang ISWS Using IECM model to assess climate change impacts on water use for thermoelectric power plants
Kendall Taft ISGS Geologic features observed on ISGS CarbonSAFE Illinois Basin seismic data 
Auriel Fournier INHS Forbes Biological Station: 130 years of wetlands and river research
Emily Guske ISTC Community engagement for technical projects: Identifying collaborative opportunities with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
John Lambert ISAS Illinois’ archaeological record in danger: Upland soil erosion and the Illinois Climate Change Modeling Initiative (ICCMI)
Suneeti Jog INHS The “full species list” fallacy in Floristic Quality Assessment

10:00 am — Break

10:15 am — Session 2

Scott Elrick ISGS PRI-UIUC Collections: The Phillips Coal Ball Collection – The world’s largest archive of Pennsylvanian age ecosystem and climate time capsules
John Kirchgesner INHS IL Hunt Map & OMLP
Michael Lansdell ISAS Archaeology on the Shifting Silt: The Dupo Interchange Project
Brenda Molano-Flores INHS Updating conservation status ranks for threatened, endangered, and vulnerable plants in Illinois
Kip Stevenson ISWS Twenty years of the ISWS Vibrocoring program
Tamira Brennan ISAS For all Illinoisans, Forever
Jeremy Tiemann INHS A non-science genetics talk – exploring the genetic diversity of an endangered fish and why it matters

11:00 am — Break

11:15 am — Session 3

Camden Arnold ISWS Mapping the Disproportionate Risk of Flooding in Socially Vulnerable Communities in Illinois
T.J. Benson INHS Pesticides and Plant Damage in Illinois Natural Areas
Kisa Mwakanyamale-Gilkie ISGS Mapping Aquifers from the AIR: A New Way to Study the Mahomet Aquifer
Caitlin Bloomer INHS Combining Museum Collections and Predictive Modeling to Survey a Cryptic Taxon
Michael Aiuvalasit ISAS Microscopy for archaeology: ISAS at the forefront of innovation
Jennie Atkins ISWS Inversion Monitoring at Illinois Climate Network Stations
Dmitry Mozzherin INHS Global Names: A local index with a global reach

11:50 am – 1:15 pm — Lunch

1:15 pm — Session 4

John Scott ISTC Plastic Pollution – Small Size, Big Problems
Matthew Yoder INHS A hub within a hub: Taxon Works and the Species File Group within the PRI
Sara Pfannkuche ISAS Held in Trust: Donated Artifact Collections at ISAS
Tara Hohoff INHS The Illinois Bat Conservation Program, where we’ve been and where we are headed
Audra Noyes ISGS Hydrologic and Water-Quality Characterization of Potential Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Larval Habitat at Spring Lake Forest Preserve
Erin Bauer ISWS Monitoring of Eight Sub-Watersheds as part of Illinois’ Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program highlights benefits of long-term monitoring
Jason Buckley INHS Illinois Learn to Hunt: A Data-Driven Approach to Hunter R3

2:00 pm — Break

2:15 pm — Session 5

Michael Smith ISAS Preservation and Material Culture
Valeria Trivellone INHS Emerging Infectious Plant Diseases and the DAMA protocol: An Opportunity for One Health initiative
Trent Ford ISWS Building a More Drought-Resilient Urban Forest Ecosystem
Deborah Paul INHS Realizing the Impact of Knowing Who
Geoff Pociask ISGS Form and Function of Wetlands in the Illinois Landscape
Elizabeth Watts Malouchos ISAS ISAS Collaborative Research Engagement: Working with Descendant Communities
Dusty Swedberg INHS A Resurvey of the Crayfishes of Illinois

3:00 pm — Break

3:15 pm — Session 6

Donna Willette ISGS Subsurface Hydrogen Storage in a Sandstone Brine Aquifer
Michael Spear INHS Large vessel traffic impacts water quality and the fish community of the Illinois Waterway
Andrew White ISAS Estimating the Impact of Climate-Driven Migration on Precontact Archaeological Sites in Illinois
Milton Tan INHS Biodiversity Genomics
Michael Krasowski ISWS 30-year Collaboration Between the Imperial Valley Water Authority and Illinois State Water Survey

3:40 pm — Closing Remarks

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm — Poster Session

Poster presenter Survey # Poster title
Georgia Abrams ISAS 1 Public Archaeology in the Mirror: An Updated Model at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Yury Roskov INHS 2 The Catalogue of Life project at INHS, PRI
Joy Scrogum ISTC 3 The ISTC Technical Assistance Program (TAP): Addressing a Society in Transition
Lily Hart INHS 4 A Century of Illinois Hover Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae): museum and citizen science data reveal recent range expansions, contractions, and species of potential conservation significance
Emily Winfield ISWS 5 Comparison of Sediment Yields in Illinois CREP-Monitored Subwatersheds
Jean Mengelkoch INHS 6 Bat Rabies in Illinois: 2002-2022
Alleen Betzenhauser ISAS 7 Investigating Stumpware: Evidence for Nixtamalization in the American Bottom (900–1100 CE)
Yaghoob Lasemi ISGS 8 Multiple paleokarst events in the Cambrian Potosi Dolomite
Vanessa DeShambo ISTC 9 Advanced characterization of antimicrobial resistance in current wastewater systems and developing opportunities for improved mitigation with novel treatment processes.
Eric Walberg INHS 10 Funding the Future: Duck Stamp Purchases Among Non-Hunters
Martin Pentrak ISGS 11 Alteration of clay minerals in complex acidic environments.
Lee Green ISTC 12 PFAS:  A Love Affair That Never Ends
Mary Hynes ISAS 13 When Should an Object be Considered an Artifact?
Anastasia Rahlin INHS 14 Using Point of Care devices to assess Marsh and Sedge Wren food limitation
Yongqi Lu ISGS 15 Catalytic Removal of Residual Oxygen from Pressurized Oxy-Combustion Gas Streams for CO2 Capture
Erin Huggett ISTC 16 Using Novel Designer Biochar to Remove and Destroy Forever Chemicals (PFAS) Using Hydrothermal Treatment
Kimberly Schaefer ISAS 17 Preserved Textiles and Cordage in Illinois
Geoffrey Ower INHS 18 How data is standardized and assembled into the Catalogue of Life to help index scientific names and natural history knowledge
Eliah Zaborowski ISTC 19 Waste Plastic Pyrolysis to Obtain Fuel and Feedstock Oils
Milton Tan INHS 20 RAD Sequencing case studies: Inexpensive Genomics for Studying Populations and Beyond
Feyza Kazanc Ozerinc ISGS 21 Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Environmental Assessments of CO2 Utilization for the Co-Production of Value-Added Calcium Carbonate and Fertilizer Products
Bryan Maxwell ISTC 22 Decarbonization of municipal wastewater treatment using
novel cloth filter anaerobic membrane bioreactor
Zohreh Askari ISGS 23 Reservoir characterization of Ironton and Galesville Sandstones, north-central Illinois
Devin Mannix ISWS 24 Managed aquifer recharge in Illinois – a case for water resilience
Sudipta Ramola ISTC 25 Use of machine learning to design biochar for pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) removal
Julie Nieset INHS 26 Developing statewide wetland restoration potential mapping that reflects variations in watershed characteristics
Yong Cao INHS 27 Modeling species diversity in streams: comparing five machine learning algorithms for accuracy and inference
Elizabeth Spitzer ISGS 28 Capturing the Total Impact of Storm Events on Lake Michigan Beaches Using Aerial Drones and Ground Penetrating Radar
Peg Gronemeyer
(on behalf of Dhananjay Pandey)
INHS 29 From data to discovery: INHS in the cloud era
Jocelyn Karsk INHS 30 Bat Roosts in Bridges: Assessing Illinois Bridges for Bat Use
Sophie Circenis ISTC 31 Bioreactor-Biochar (B2) to Capture and Recycle Excess Nutrients from Tile Drainage System
Ed Price INHS 32 Agricultural Chemicals in Illinois Natural Areas
Andres Prada ISTC 33 Microplastics in the terrestrial environment
Craig A Miller INHS 34 Farmers’ Willingness to Adopt Leopold’s Land Ethic to Combat Gulf Hypoxia.
Nicolette Sheffield ISGS 35 Hydrology, carbon storage, and water and soil quality in wetlands along the Lake Michigan shore in Illinois
Grace Wilken ISTC 36 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Algae Cultivation System with Synergistic Integration of Flue Gas and Wastewater
Jessica Monson ISGS 37 Chloride migration off roadways into adjacent floodplain wetlands
Cecilia Cullen ISWS 38 Insights on the drivers of chloride accumulation and variability in groundwater from a weekly dataset collected from community wells in northeast Illinois


PRI Lightning Symposium Committee

Welcome Remarks

Praveen Kumar, Executive Director, PRI

Graphic Design

Danielle Ruffatto, OED

Video Recording, IT Support

Chad Hankins, PRI

Web Support

Jennifer Davis, OED

Facilities & Food