Meet the Team

The team of UIC professionals leading the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group are passionate about promoting pollinator habitats and healthy ecosystems along rights-of-way and other energy and transportation lands. Learn more about us below.

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Iris Caldwell

Iris began the Working Group in 2015 and leads a variety of projects supporting industry stakeholders in pollinator habitat conservation.

Caroline Hernandez

Caroline keeps the Working Group running smoothly and manages several research and outreach projects to improve habitat on working lands.

Megan Petraitis

Megan manages the Monarch CCAA administration and application review process, and supports other Working Group research activities.

Tegha Obire

Tegha leads the gROWing Chicago Habitat network and geospatial habitat database, while supporting other Working Group activities.

Catherine O’Reilly

Catherine supports the conservation agreement programs and coordinates partner outreach and engagement.

Alison Little

Alison supports the conservation agreement programs, partner outreach, and other Working Group research activities.

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Klaudia Kuklinska

Klaudia supports the Illinois Monarch Project, Monarch CCAA, Pollinator Scorecard, and both in-person and virtual meeting facilitation.

Ajay Marampalli

Ajay provides technical support for web tool development and Working Group research activities.

Ben Karp

Ben performs data management for various Working Group projects, keeps the news and events pages current, and manages website user requests

Rachit Patel

Rachit supports various aspects of the Working Group including website management and data input.