Richard King

Where the buffalo roam (once again)

Photo of a bison
Reintroduction of bison at Nachusa Grasslands boosts research opportunities for NIU faculty, studentsNIU student Angela Burke hails from blue-collar Burbank, Ill. With its prevalence of mom-and-pop restaurants and the regular roar of low-flying passenger jets from Chicago’s Midway Airport nearby, the southwest suburb certainly seems more city. So, for a week in August, it must have seemed…

A buckthorny issue

Photo credit: Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org
Researchers at Lincoln Park Zoo and Northern Illinois University have discovered a new culprit contributing to amphibian decline and altered mammal distribution throughout the Midwest region – the invasive plant European buckthorn. This non-native shrub, which has invaded two-thirds of the United States, has long been known to negatively impact plant community composition and forest structure. Two…

NIU’s ‘Island Snake Lady’ wins award

Kristin Stanford
NIU doctoral student Kristin Stanford has received the 2012 Wildlife Diversity Conservation Award at this year’s Wildlife Diversity Conference, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife. While a graduate student at NIU, Stanford worked with garter snakes and was asked by her mentor, Richard King, a long-time NIU watersnake researcher, to continue…

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