Ison Lab

Welcome to the Ison Lab!

Ison lab members have research interests in plant ecology, conservation biology, and ecological genetics. We study how anthropogenic (i.e., human-induced) alterations to natural areas are impacting native plant and bee 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-colonization 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 species affect population persistence across a fragmented landscape.

Interested in joining the Ison Lab? Please fill out our research interest survey!

Ison lab 2023-2024 Senior IS thesis students Zoe Jurkowski, Ann Venditti, Lindsey Moore, Fire Flower, Jak Davis, and Emily Greenland

Ison lab 2022-2023 Senior IS thesis students (left to right) Jade Hoff, Matt Pardi, Huayu Sun, Toni Ramos, and Katie Spence
Ison lab 2021! We got to have in-person graduation! Senior IS thesis students (left to right) Jena, Mike, Miyauna, Julia, (Jennifer), and Lauryn
Ison Lab 2018! Senior thesis IS students (left to right) James, Megan, Jack, Ashley, Elizabeth and Laura
Ison lab 2020! Senior IS thesis students (left to right) KC, Jess, Mia, and Avery (not pictured: Evan and Preston)
Ison Lab 2019! Research students from left to right Maresa, Mia, Nate, Zeke (senior IS thesis), Mary Kate (senior IS thesis), and Evan
Ison Lab 2016! Senior IS students Kathleen (left) and Annelise (right). Also pictured Jennifer and Zachary (middle)
Ison lab 2017! Senior IS student (left to right) Mallorey, Leah, Alyson, Alex, and Jennifer Ison with Zachary