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David H. Wise, PhD


Biological Sciences


3476 SES


845 W. Taylor St.

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(312) 413-9191

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I hold a joint appointment as Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP). I also am Co-Chair of the Chicago Wilderness Science Team.

Please visit my lab web site for a detailed description of my background and research interests, and the current projects of my research team.

Selected Publications

(Complete list of publications on Google Scholar)

  1. McCary, M. A., R. Mores, M. A. Farfan and D. H. Wise.  2016. Invasive plants have different effects on trophic structure of green and brown food webs in terrestrial ecosystems: a meta-analysis.  Ecology Letters 19: 328-335.
  2. McCary, M., J. C. Martinez, L. Umek, L. Heneghan, and D. H. Wise.  2015. Effects of woodland restoration and management on the community of surface-active arthropods in the metropolitan Chicago region.  Biological Conservation 190: 154–166.
  3. Verdeny-Vilaltal, O., C. W. Fox, D. H. Wise, and J. Moya-Laraño. 2015. Foraging mode affects the evolution of egg size in generalist predators embedded in complex food webs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1225-1233.
  4. Iannone, B. V., III, L. Heneghan, D. Rijal, and D. H. Wise. 2015. Below-ground causes and consequences of woodland shrub invasions: a novel paired-point framework reveals new insights. Journal of Applied Ecology. 52: 78-88.
  5. Sánchez-de León, Y., J. Lugo-Pérez, D. Wise, J. D. Jastrow, and M. A. González-Meler. 2014.  Aggregate formation and carbon sequestration by earthworms in soil from a temperate forest exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2: A microcosm experiment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 68: 223-230.
  6. Iannone, B. V. III, M. L. Zellner, and D. H. Wise.  2014. Modeling the impacts of life-history traits, canopy dynamics, and establishment location on woodland shrub invasions. Ecological Applications 24: 467–483.
  7. Heneghan L., C. Mulvaney, K. Ross, S. Stewart, L. Umek, C. Watkins, A. Wali, L. M. Westphal and D. H. Wise. 2013.  Local assessment of Chicago: From wild Chicago to Chicago Wilderness – Chicago’s ecological setting and recent efforts to protect and restore nature in the region.  pp 337-354, In: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities: A Global Assessment, T. Elmqvist et al. (eds.) 10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1_18
  8. Iannone, B. V., III, L. G. Umek, L. Heneghan, and D. H. Wise.  2013. Amending soil with mulched European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) does not reduce reinvasion. Ecological Restoration 31: 264-273.
  9. Iannone, B. V., III, L. G. Umek, D. H. Wise, and L. Heneghan. 2012. A simple, safe, and effective sampling technique for investigating earthworm communities in woodland soils: implications for citizen science. Natural Areas Journal 32: 283-292.
  10. Heneghan, L., C. Mulvaney, K. Ross, C. Watkins, L. M. Westphal, D. Wise and L. Umek. 2012. Lessons learned from Chicago Wilderness: Implementing and sustaining conservation management in an urban setting. Diversity 4: 74-93.
  11. Castro, A. and D. H. Wise. 2010. Influence of fallen coarse woody debris on the diversity and community structure of forest-floor spiders (Arachnida: Araneae). Forest Ecology and Management 260: 2088-2101.


PhD, University of Michigan, 1974

MS, University of Michigan, 1969.

BA, Swarthmore College, 1967.

Selected Presentations

In December, I attended the First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference in Dijon, France.  There were over 700 participants.  I presented the first invited talk below and was a co-author on the second invited talk:

Wise, D. H., K. L. Lawrence, and J. R. Lensing.  2014.  Impacts of global climate change on the leaf-litter arthropod community:  Effects of altered detrital input and rainfall extremes in two long-term field experiments in a deciduous forest.  Symposium on “Assessing the pressures and threats: Impacts of global change on soil communities, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services,” First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, Dijon, France.

Melguizo-Ruiz, N., G. Jiménez, E. De Mas, J. Pato, S. Scheu, D. H. Wise, A. T. Austin, and J. Moya-Laraño.  2014.  Absence of large soil predators leads to a decline of lower trophic levels and slower decomposition in temperate beech forests of northwest Spain. Symposium on “Untangling the linkages: Elucidating relationships between soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services,” First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, Dijon, France.