Jaime J. Coon

Doctoral Student in Natural Resources & Enviromental Sciences


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Jaime Coon


B.S., Pre-Graduate Biology, Central Michigan University (2014) - summa cum laude


Research Interests

I am passionate about conservation biology research, especially application-oriented research that involves wildlife-human interactions and human impacts on ecosystems. Addressing these complex problems requires a social-ecological systems perspective, and to this end I am particularly interested in research that integrates both ecology and social science. My ultimate goal is to understand the drivers of biodiversity loss, and to help devise effective strategies for mitigating and reversing these losses. Doing so will require the reconciliation of human land uses with the needs of native species.


Personal Interests

In my non-working hours I enjoy hiking, biking, growing vegetables, and spending time with my partner Evan, our dogs Fancy and Lupa, and many other small pets in our menagerie, including cats, newts and guinea pigs. On the rare occasion we aren’t spending our down-time outside, I also love reading sci-fi novels, advocating for social justice, cooking overly-complicated vegetarian meals, and watching British TV shows.



Ecological and Social Reponses to an Invasive Grass (Schenodorus phoenix) in Working Grasslands


Select Publications

Coon, J.J., M. Atkin, L. Gabriel, and W.M. Pangle. 2015. Food choice of red-shouldered hawks (Buteo lineatus) in a rehabilitation setting in Shepherd, MI: Behavioral insights from novel methods. Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation 35:15-22. 


Coon, J.J., and W.M. Pangle. 2015. Too hot to handle: Climate change and adaptive evolution in vertebrates. EvoS Journal: The Journal of Evolutionary Studies Consortium 7:1-9.


Select Presentations

Rola, K.E., J.J. Coon, and J.R. Miller. Effects of arthropod abundance within dickcissel (Spiza americana) territories on nestling body condition. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) at Miami University, Oxford, OH. March, 2016. (poster presentation)


Coon, J.J. and J.R. Miller. Tall fescue in a social-agricultural system. Poster at Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium in Urbana, Illlinois.. February, 2016. (best poster award)


Coon, J.J. Women scientists, gendered environmental movements, and climate change vulnerabilities: A call for public and private empowerment. The Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS) Fourth Global Meeting in Urbana, Illinois. April, 2015. (oral presentation)


Coon, J.J., and J.R Miller. Tall fescue as a dual ecological-agricultural problem: The effects of an invasive grass on avian communities in an agricultural landscape. The Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society (ICTWS), Urbana, Illinois. April, 2015. (poster presentation)


Coon, J.J., and K.E. Nicholson. The Norops sericeus lizard complex: Conservation implications of phylogenetic research. Poster and oral presentation at the Posters at the Capitol event in Lansing, Michigan. March, 2014. (poster and oral presenation - invited)



Department of Natural Resources & Environmental

University of Illinois
W411 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801



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