Dr. Roberta Lammers-Campbell, PhD
Title/s: Director of Academic Programs and Ecological Restoration at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC)
Specialty Area: Biology, Ecology of Wetland Ecosystems
Office #: LSB 241
Phone: 773-508-3651 (LSC); 815-338-1032 (LUREC)
Dr. Roberta Lammers-Campbell is the Director of the Academic Program and the Ecological Restoration at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC). She has offices both at LUREC and on the Lake-Shore Campus. She was a Senior Lecture and worked in the Biology Department for more than twenty years before becoming the Academic Director at LUREC. In addition to General Biology Laboratory, her courses included Plant Biology, Plant Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and Wetland Ecology. Now all her teaching will be at LUREC, including Winter Ecology during J-term and a summer session course.
Dr. Lammers-Campbell has had a long-term interest in wetlands. She received her Ph.D. from the Botany Department at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, where she studied the relationship between plant and insect (especially Chironomidae/Diptera) communities in a central Minnesota wetland. While teaching Wetland Ecology in and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, she developed an abiding love of wilderness canoe camping, especially with her children and grandchildren. She continues to make yearly trips to the BWCAW and estimates she has visited there more than forty times.
In Illinois she monitored the return of vascular plants to a restored calcareous fen at Glacial Park in McHenry County for several years. Now she is working to restore the twenty-acre wetland at LUREC as well as the prairie and the oak-hickory woodland. She endeavors to engage her classes and other interested students, as well as neighbors, alumni, and other interested people, in that work, organizing volunteer workdays at LUREC once a month on the second Saturday, and to integrate her work into the efforts of others restoring natural areas in McHenry County.