Dr Jesse Kurylo

Jesse worked as a Soil and Wetland Scientist for more than 13 years with the Wetlands Science Program within the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. Principally, mapping, monitoring and assessing the potential mitigation of wetlands. Educational outreach in both soils and wetlands was also part of the job.

Jesse was awarded her Masters in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in 2007. She assessed the spread of an invasive shrub, Rhamnus cathartica, into wetlands around the Chicago, IL metro area.

In October 2013 Jesse joined the Green Infrastructure Research Group to concentrate her Doctorate research on urbanisation’s effect on biodiversity with particular reference to Lepidoptera diversity and abundance.

Jesse is now working as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof Richard Ambrose’s lab at University of California, Los Angeles.


Kurylo, S. Raghu, and B. Molano-Flores. Forthcoming 2015.  Flood tolerance in Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica L.).  Natural Areas Journal.

Kurylo, J. and A. Endress. 2012. Rhamnus cathartica:  Notes on its early history in North America.  Northeastern Naturalist 19:601-610.

Knight, K.S., J.S. Kurylo, A.G. Endress, J.R. Stewart, and P.B. Reich. 2007. Ecology and ecosystem impacts of common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica): a review.  Biological Invasions 9:925-937.

Kurylo, J. S., K.S. Knight, J.R. Stewart, and A.G. Endress. 2007. Rhamnus cathartica: Native and naturalized distribution and habitat preferences.  Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 134:420-430.