María Jazmín Rios


Conservation & Science


Urban Wildlife Institute


Adjunct Scientist


B.S. – Biology, Northeastern Illinois University

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Areas of Expertise

  • Urban wildlife ecology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Wildlife management and conservation


Jazmín started her work in wildlife biology and conservation genetics back in 2008 with the western fence lizard in the mountaintops of Nevada and California. This sparked an interest in both conservation and wildlife ecology.

Since then, she has worked on various projects, from studying soils for urban farming and assessing water quality in lakes to identifying genetic markers for invasive plants in the Midwest and working with a rare alpine plant. She previously worked as both a seasonal Nature Boardwalk intern and a research intern. In the latter role, she helped with the Urban Wildlife Institute’s ongoing research projects, such as the Urban Wildlife Biodiversity Monitoring project.


  • Magle, S. B., Fidino, M., Lehrer, E. W., Gallo, T., Mulligan, M. P., Ríos, M. J., Ahlers, A. A., Angstmann, J., Belaire, A., Dugelby, B., Gramza, A., Hartley, L., MacDougall, B., Ryan, T., Salsbury, C., Sander, H., Schell, C., Simon, K., Onge, S. S., & Drake, D. 2019. Advancing urban wildlife research through a multi-city collaboration. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(4), 232–239.
  • Murray, M. H., Fyffe, R., Fidino, M., Byers, K. A., Rios, M. J., Mulligan, M. P., & Magle, S. B.   2018. Public Complaints Reflect Rat Relative Abundance across Diverse Urban Neighborhoods. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6.