blog postsClaire Dappert-Coonrod: Archaeologist & Maritime ArchaeologistJun 29, 2017 8:30 am93 views Claire Dappert-Coonrod has been with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey since 1999 and offers up personal reflections on her long and very interesting career in archaeology.Tara Beveroth: OrnithologistJun 14, 2017 12:00 pm232 views Tara Beveroth always knew she wanted to be a biologist and work with wildlife. Lauren Fitts: ArchaeologistMay 30, 2017 12:45 pm78 views Lauren Fitts: ArchaeologistConnie Carroll-Cunningham: BotanistMay 24, 2017 12:00 pm117 views For Connie, one of the best parts of her job is getting to work outside in nature, even on those hot, humid summer days in Illinois.Elaine Bluhm Herold: Pioneer in Illinois ArchaeologyMay 5, 2017 10:30 am24 views Elaine Bluhm Herold's archaeological career spanned 55 years and included research, education, historic preservation, and excavations throughout the eastern woodlands. Sarah Douglass: Mussel Field BiologistMay 2, 2017 12:00 pm95 views After becoming become acquainted with the wonderful world under the water, Sarah Douglass went on to study freshwater mussels. The best part of her job: being outside and working in rivers.Alleen Betzenhauser: Senior Research ArchaeologistApr 24, 2017 9:00 am149 views Alleen (Al) Betzenhauser was always fascinated by history, particularly periods without written records. That fascination turned into an archaeology career that was part of one of the biggest archaeological excavations in North America–The East St. Louis site.Tara Hohoff: Wildlife BiologistApr 20, 2017 10:00 am146 views Tara Hohoff is happiest when she can be outside observing animals, especially bats.Clare Tolmie: Senior Research ArchaeologistApr 17, 2017 11:15 am32 views Clare Tolmie has been a professional archaeologist for nearly 40 years. Jessica Ackerman: Wetland GeologistApr 5, 2017 11:15 am123 views "Don’t be afraid to get dirty" and "don’t be afraid to ask for help."Zohreh Askari: Geologic SpecialistApr 4, 2017 6:00 am141 views "Science is a wonderful field, and I can honestly say that I have never had a boring day."Yang Fang: Reservoir EngineerApr 3, 2017 2:45 pm29 views Yang Fang says the best part of her job is that "it is meaningful."Nancy Holm: Illinois Sustainable Technology CenterMar 31, 2017 10:00 am31 views "We need scientists, both male and female, to study all of the different aspects of the world," says Nancy Holm.Sallie Greenberg: Associate Director, Energy Research & DevelopmentMar 30, 2017 9:30 am55 views "Science may not be an easy path, but it is worthwhile."Laurel Dodgen: Postdoctoral Research AssociateMar 29, 2017 9:15 am55 views "I get to grow plants, collect field samples, write computer code, and more."Gail Kampmeier: EntomologistMar 28, 2017 12:00 pm66 views After taking a winding path into science, entomologist Gail Kampmeier went on to have a long career in biodiversity informatics and plant virus epidemiology.Zoe Zaloudek: GIS SpecialistMar 28, 2017 9:30 am83 views University of Illinois alumna Zoe Zaloudek first began working at the Illinois State Water Survey as a GIS intern for FEMA’s Floodplain Map Modernization project. She joined the Midwestern Regional Climate Center in March 2010.Srirupa Ganguly: Process Development EngineerMar 27, 2017 8:45 am118 views Srirupa Ganguly loves that her role enables her to work on ideas to upgrade wastewater to make it useful.Brenda Molano-Flores: Plant EcologistMar 24, 2017 1:00 pm112 views Brenda Molano-Flores collects the data needed to conserve rare plants through her applied ecology research program, all while mentoring the next generation of scientists.Beth Hall: Director, Midwest Regional Climate CenterMar 23, 2017 12:15 pm63 views Beth Hall, director of the Midwest Regional Climate Center, is proud of building a program that directly links science to stakeholders' needs and of the impact her team has across the nine-state Midwest region.Eve Hargrave: Skeletal AnalystMar 23, 2017 8:45 am32 views Eve Hargrave became interested in archaeology as a teenager. After watching a prehistoric burial excavation she began a 35+ year career in bioarchaeology, the study of human remains and mortuary features from archaeological contexts.Beth Meschewski: Research SpecialistMar 20, 2017 3:45 pm60 views Beth Meschewski says the best part of her job with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is that she gets to work on her two favorite things: saving the planet and fixing problems.Jennie Atkins: Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring ProgramMar 20, 2017 8:45 am34 views Environmental chemist Jennie Atkins has always been curious about how things work and why things are the way they are.Laura Keefer: Surface Water Hydrology and HydraulicsMar 17, 2017 4:00 pm65 views Laura Keefer believes her career at the Illinois State Water Survey chose her—and it seems to have chosen well, as Keefer has been with ISWS since 1986 and now leads the Surface Water Hydrology & Hydraulics Section. Susan Post: EntomologistMar 17, 2017 12:00 pm304 views Inspired by family and 4-H, Susan Post "took the road less traveled," and became an entomologist when there were few women in the field.Madeleine Evans: Lithic AnalystMar 16, 2017 9:45 am125 views Madeleine Evans doesn't remember what made her choose archaeology as a career, but she's never regretted it. Alison Stodola: Aquatic BiologistMar 15, 2017 9:00 am179 views Aquatic biologist Alison Stodola turned her love of science and stream species into a career. Now she travels around the state, documenting fish and freshwater mussels.Andrya Whitten: Aquatic EcologistMar 8, 2017 6:30 pm272 views Aquatic ecologist Andrya Whitten always enjoyed science, but after her first high school environmental science class she was hooked.Tamira K. Brennan: ArchaeologistMar 8, 2017 9:00 am254 views Dr. Tamira K. Brennan is a Coordinator for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey's American Bottom Field Station in Fairview Heights, IL. Molly Woloszyn: Extension Climate SpecialistMar 8, 2017 8:15 am126 views A lifelong interest in weather (and a little healthy fear of tornadoes) led Molly Woloszyn to a career with the Illinois State Water Survey, where she focuses on helping people understand and plan for extreme weather and shifts in climate. Christine Parker: Avian EcologistMar 8, 2017 8:00 am152 views A lifelong love of wildlife led Christine Parker to pursue a PhD in avian ecology—time flies by when she's out tracking turkeys for her research.Lydia Moore Hart: Biological IllustratorMar 2, 2017 9:00 am53 views Lydia Moore Hart, together with Charlotte M. Pinkerton, created the original artwork that graced the pages of The Fishes of Illinois.