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About Jill L Deppe

My research is driven by an interest in understanding wildlife-habitat associations. My research projects are diverse but aim to understand the factors explaining why species occur where and when they do, patterns of animal movement in search of suitable conditions, and the consequences of movement and habitat selection on fitness and species distributions at various scales. Understanding species’ habitat requirements is a fundamental component of animal conservation and management; thus, my research program includes applied components as well as theoretical ones. My research program can be divided into four general areas: (1) migration ecology, (2) wildlife responses to bioenergy crops, (3) wildlife-habitat associations in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and (4), evaluation and application of acoustic recording systems for monitoring wildlife. The ecological processes I study are inherently complex; thus, my research is multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative, combining aspects of biology, computer science, remote sensing, atmospheric science, geography, and engineering. I enjoy working with a diverse range of people including researchers and students at universities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations, as well as private land owners in the United States and Mexico.


Present Associate Professor, Eastern Illinois University Biological Sciences
Present Research Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Honors and Awards

  • IL Audubon Society Conservationists of the Year 2010 (shared with 6 other colleagues)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Wildlife Techniques
  • Mammalogy
  • Environmental Biology

Contact Information

Phone: 217.581.5424

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