Biologist Philip Willink keeps tabs on Illinois endangered species

Phil Willink

by Emily Little Medill Reports Conservation policy doesn’t just happen overnight. Fish biologist Philip Willink is proof of that. His months of field research, reports and discussions eventually lead to some form of conservation action. Willink, who formerly worked in the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium, has found a way to bridge that gap […]

Chemist’s childhood love of nature sparks her search for medicinal plants

Dr. Nadja Cech poses with her research group at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2019.

By Marisa Sloan Medill Reports Dr. Nadja Cech is used to getting her hands dirty. “Gardening has always been really important to me, but especially during the pandemic,” she said. “I manage the community garden in my neighborhood, which is used by about 30 different families.” When not in the garden, Cech can be found […]