Department of Biological Sciences

Eric Ribbens, Professor

R.M. Myers Herbarium Curator
er

Plant ecology & taxonomy, midwestern Opuntia, teaching with cases and clickers

Contact Information:

(309) 255-1650
Waggoner Hall 294
E-Ribbens@wiu.edu

Personal Homepagewww.wiu.edu/users/mfer1/index.html

 

Degree:

Ph.D. - University of Connecticut, 1995
M.S. - University of Wyoming, 1988
B.S. - University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, 1986


Courses Taught:

  • BOT 200 Introduction to Botany
  • BOT 210 Local Flora
  • BOT 463 Ethnobotany
  • ENVR 401 Environmental Studies Capstone


ericResearch Interests:

Spatial ecology; plant recruitment limitation; patterns of seed production, seed dispersal, and seedling dispersion; midwest cactus ecology

I study a little prickly pear that is rare in the upper midwest. It grows well into Canada, and is more common in the west.

 

Publications:

Opuntia fragilis Publications:

  • Ribbens, Eric. 2014. Opuntia fragilis: patterns today, echoes of time, part II. Kaktusy 8:145-161.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2013. Opuntia fragilis: patterns today, echoes of time, part I. Kaktusy 8:94-100.
  • Ribbens, Eric. Jeffers Petroglyphs. 2013. Cactus and Succulent Journal 85:116-118.
  • Majure, Lucas, and Eric Ribbens. 2012. Chromosome counts of Opuntia (Cactaceae), prickly pear cacti, in the Midwestern United States and environmental factors restricting the distribution of Opuntia fragilis. Haseltonia 17:58-65.
  • Ribbens, Eric, Barbara A. Anderson, and Jeremy Fant. 2010. Opuntia fragilis (Nuttall) Haworth in Illinois: pad dynamics and sexual reproduction. Haseltonia 16:67-78.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2010. Opuntia fragilis na Środkowyn Zachodzie Ameriky Pơłnocnej. Kaktusy 6:124-131.
  • Ribbens, Eric, Brandon Caley, and Camila Sharkey. 2010. Can cactus and cows coexist? Opuntia fragilis in Wisconsin. Cactus and Succulent Journal 82:19-24.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2009. A midwest cactus hunt. In The Vasculum (newletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators), July 2009.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2009. Opuntia fragilis webpage: Joe Shaw’s Opuntiads Webpages. http://opuntiads.com/html/opuntia-fragilis.html
  • Ribbens, Eric, and Veronica Flores L. 2009. Opuntia fragilis in Iowa. Cactus and Succulent Journal 81:9-13,40.
  • Ribbens, Eric, and Alicia Geisler. 2008. Opuntia fragilis in Michigan. Cactus and Succulent Journal 80:240-244.
  • Ribbens, Eric, and Barbara Anderson. 2008. Opuntia fragilis in Illinois. Cactus and Succulent Journal 80:119-122.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2007. Opuntia fragilis: Taxonomy, distribution, and ecology. Haseltonia 14:94-110.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2005. Ecology of Opuntia fragilis. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection
  • Ribbens, Eric, Myrom, Jeremy. 1997. Between a rock and a hard place: Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw. in Stearns County, Minnesota. Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science 62:8-11.

 

Teaching Publications and Teaching Cases:

  • Ribbens, Eric. Chemical Eric can't see. 2013.  Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric, Lydeard, Andrew. 2013. Thomas and Sally: the interplay of scientific and historical evidence. Published In The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2013. The first day. Journal of College Science Teaching 43: 12-13.
  • Platt, Terry, and Eric Ribbens. 2012. A diet to die for: An exploration of oxidative phosphorylation. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2012. Chapter 30: eating PCBs from Lake Ontario. In Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking, by Herreid, C., Schiller N., Herreid, K. NSTA Press, pp. 261-266.
  • Lundberg, Mary A. Kang, Hosun, Wolter, Bjørn, delMas, Robert, Armstrong, Norris, Borsari, Bruno, Boury, Nancy, Brickman, Peggy, Hamman, Kristi, Heinz, Cheryl, Horvath, Thomas, Knabb, Maureen, Platt, Terry, Rice, Nancy, Rogers, Bill, Sharp, Joan, Eric Ribbens, Maier, Kimberly S., Deschryver, Mike, Bagley, Rodney, Goulet, Tamar, Herreid, Clyde F. 2011. Context matters: Increasing understanding with interactive clicker case studies . Education Tech Research Development (2011):645-671.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2011. Mutualism: a textbook case. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2010. Eating PCBs from Lake Ontario: A clicker case on science and the media. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2010. Chemical Eric: a clicker case about the complexity of hormonal control. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric, and Robert H. Grant. 2009. The coelacanth: a strange fish. A clicker case. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Heinz, Cheryl, and Eric Ribbens. 2008. Darwin’s finches and natural selection. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2008. Treating Ed: a medical ethics case. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2007. Why I won’t give up my clickers. Journal of the College Science Teacher 37(10):60-62.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2006. Teaching with jazz. Journal of the College Science Teacher 36(10):10-15.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2006. Chemical Eric: Dealing with the disintegration of central control. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2005. Ecology of Opuntia fragilis. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2005. Riding the slinky: science and service learning. pp. 97-106 in Bellner, M, and J.G. Pomery, eds, Service-Learning: Intercommunity and Interdisciplinary Explorations, The University of Indianapolis Press.
  • Ribbens, Eric, Burdett, Barbra, Green, Angela. 2003. Does Guaiacum sanctum contain a chemical effective against arthritis? An ethnobotany case. Published in The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.

 

Recruitment and Spatial Ecology Publications:

  • Camarero, J. Julio, Gutiérrez, Emilia, Fortin, Marie-Josée, and Eric Ribbens. 2005. Spatial patterns of tree recruitment in a relict population of Pinus uncinata: forest expansion through stratified-diffusion. Journal of Biogeography 32:1979-1992.
  • Wagner, Sven, Wälder, Konrad, Eric Ribbens, Zeibig, André. 2004. Directionality in fruit dispersal models for anemochorous forest trees. Ecological Modelling 179:487-498.
  • Higgins, S.I., Clark, J.S., Nathan, R., Hovestadt, T., Schurr, F., Fragoso, J.M.V., Aguiar, M.R., Eric Ribbens, Lavorel, S. 2003. Forecasting plant migration rates: managing uncertainty for risk assessment. Journal of Ecology 91:341-347.
  • Ribbens, Barbara, Ribbens, Eric. 1999. Searching for sustainability in the Marshall Islands: development dreams clash with ecological reality. Growing Pains: Environmental Management in Developing Countries, W. Wehrmayer and Y. Mulaghetta, editors, pp. 283-295. published by Greenfield Publishing, Sheffield, UK.
  • Smallwood, Peter D., Steele, Michael A., Ribbens, Eric, McShea, William F. 1998. Detecting the effect of seed hoarders on the distribution of seedlings of tree species: grey squirrels (Sciurus canadensis) and oaks (Quercus) as a model system. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Tree Squirrels, M.A. Steele, J.F. Merritt, and D.A. Zegers, editors. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication 6:211-222.
  • Wada, Naoya, Ribbens, Eric. 1997. Recruitment patterns of Japanese maple, Acer palmatum var. Matsumurae (Aceraceae): seeds, seedlings, and saplings in relation to conspecific adult neighbors. American Journal of Botany 84:1294-1300.
  • Loiselle, Betty, Ribbens, Eric, Vargas, Orlando. 1996. Spatial and temporal variation of seed rain in a tropical lowland wet forest. Biotropica 28:82-95.
  • Pacala, Stephen W., Canham, Charles D., Saponara, J., Silander, John A., Jr, Kobe, Richard K., Ribbens, Eric. 1996. Forest models defined by field measurements: estimation, error analysis and dynamics. Ecological Monographs 66:1-43.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 1996. Spatial modelling of forest regeneration: how can recruitment be calibrated? IUFRO Conference on Forest Regeneration and Modelling, J.P. Skovsgaard and V.K. Johannsen, editors, pp. 112-120. published by the Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute. 
  • Ribbens, Eric, Silander, John A., Pacala, Stephen W. 1994. Seedling recruitment in forests: calibrating models to predict patterns of tree seedling dispersion. Ecology 75:1794-1806.

 

The Wired Herbarium is a regular column for the Newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators:

 

  • Ribbens, Eric, Curtis, Linda W. 2013. The Wired Herbarium #15: Searching for Specimens. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators) 8(2), July 2013.
  • Ribbens, Eric. A Review of Zookeys 209. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators) 7(2), July 2012.Ribbens, Eric. 2012. The Wired Herbarium #13: Taxonomic Name Resolution Service 3.0. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators) 7(2), July 2012.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2012. The Wired Herbarium #12: Two herbarium websites: PNU and FSU. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators) 7(1), January 2012.
  • Ribbens, Eric, and Alan Franck. 2011. The Wired Herbarium #11: Incorporating digital images. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators) 6(2), July 2011.
  • Ribbens, Eric, and Isaac Park. 2011. The Wired Herbarium #10: Phenological data. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators) 6(1), January 2011.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2010. The Wired Herbarium #9: vPLANTS. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators) 5(2), July 2010.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2010. The Wired Herbarium #8:The Pacific Northwest consortium website. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators) 5(1), January 2010.
  • Ribbens, Eric, and Barbara Thiers. 2009. The Wired Herbarium #7: Index Herbariorum. In The Vasculum (newletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators), July 2009.
  • Ribbens, Eric, and Curtis Hanson. 2009. The Wired Herbarium #6: Herbarium Webpages: The LSU Herbarium. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators), January 2009.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2008. The Wired Herbarium #5: herbarium@home. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators), July 2008.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2008. The Wired Herbarium #4: Aluka. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators), January 2008.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2007. The Wired Herbarium #3: TROPICOS and IPNI. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators), July 2007.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2007. The Wired Herbarium #2: USDA. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators), January 2007.
  • Ribbens, Eric. 2006. The Wired Herbarium #1: Introduction. In The Vasculum (newsletter of the Society for Herbarium Curators), July 2006.