Dr. Philip Willink

Senior Research Biologist

Dr. Phil Willink joined Shedd in 2012 as senior research biologist for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research, leading Shedd’s efforts to develop a comprehensive evaluation of the state’s list of threatened and endangered species through on-the-ground population assessments. Dr. Willink has more than 20 years of experience in research, teaching and global expeditions studying fish biodiversity as well as endangered and invasive species. His work includes studies on the Great Lakes, examining the genetics of invasive species and the impact of development and invasive species on native fish populations, as well as a project to publish a field guide of Chicago lakefront fishes. Dr. Willink holds a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan.

 

Dr. Phillip Willink, Senior Research Biologist
Our Great Lakes stream exhibit features more than a dozen species, including minnows, darters, catfishes, suckers and topminnows. Each inhabits a slightly different portion of the exhibit, and each displays slightly different behaviors. It may look like chaos, but it is a highly organized system that enables multiples species to live in a limited space. This exhibit is a great example of what we see when doing fieldwork, and what we try to figure out when doing research, and what we are trying to protect when doing conservation.

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