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Jacob Zeldin

Jacob Zeldin
Research Ecologist
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Curriculum Vitae: 
Teaching and Research Affiliations: 

Plant Science and Conservation, Chicago Botanic Garden
Biology, Roosevelt University

Selected Professional Associations: 

Ecological Society of America
Natural Areas Association

Research Interests: 
  • Plant community ecology
  • Plant functional traits
  • Rare and exceptional species conservation and propagation
  • Restoration ecology
  • Prairie, arid-land, and alpine grassland ecology
  • Data analysis and visualization

I am a researcher in Dr. Andrea Kramer’s lab at the Chicago Botanic Garden. My work involves investigating functional traits and diversity in plant communities, rare species conservation, and restoration ecology. My current projects include research into functional diversity as a barrier to invasion in prairie plant communities, intraspecific trait variation in Colorado Plateau native forb species, polyploidy in restoration plant materials, and conservation of rare and threatened plant species. I manage a microproagation lab focusing on developing tissue culture techniques for both rare/exceptional and restoration-relevant plant species. I also work to support data analysis and visualization for a number of projects with collaborators at the Chicago Botanic Garden as well as a number of institutions across the United States and Australia and teach workshops on R for biology and ecology.

Selected Publications: 

Kramer, A.T., Crane, B., Downing, J., Hamrick, J.L., Havens, K., Highland, A., Jacobi, S. K., Kaye, T. N., Lonsdorf, E. V., Ramp Neale, J. , Novy, A. , Smouse, P. E., Tallamy, D. W., White, A. and Zeldin, J. (2019), Sourcing native plants to support ecosystem function in different planting contexts. Restor. Ecol. doi:10.1111/rec.12931

Kildisheva, O., Kramer, A.T., Erickson, T., Zeldin, J., and Merrit, D. (2019), Optimizing physiological dormancy break of understudies cold desert perennials to improve seed-based restoration. Journal of Arid Environments. (In review)

Websites: 

jacobzeldin.wordpress.com