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John Schoonover

John Schoonover, Professor

Environmental Resources and Policy - Forestry

Jon Schoonover is a native of southern Illinois who grew up in Salem, IL. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He then pursued a Ph.D. degree from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, AL, which he completed in 2005. Jon is currently employed as a Professor of Physical Hydrology in the Department of Forestry at SIUC.

Special Interests

Impacts of land use on water chemistry, hydrology, channel morphometry, and soil quality, giant cane restoration, agricultural sustainability, and riparian zone management in agricultural systems.


  • FOR 202: Tree Identification
  • FOR 415: Urban Ecosystem Management
  • FOR 429: Watershed Management Field Laboratory
  • FOR 452: Forest Soils
  • FOR 452L: Forest Soils Laboratory

Descriptions are available for each of these classes in the course listing for Forestry [FOR].


  • Auburn [Ph.D 2005]
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale [M.S. 2001]
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale [B.S. 1999]
  • Kaskaskia College [A.S. 1997]


  • Isik, S., L. Kalin, J.E. Schoonover, P. Srivastava, B.G. Lockaby. 2012. Modelling effects of changing land use/cover on daily streamflow: an artificial neural network and curve number based hybrid approach. Journal of Hydrology. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.08.032.
  • Crim, J.F., J.E. Schoonover, and B.G. Lockaby. 2012. Assessment of fecal coliform and Escherichia coli across a land cover gradient in west Georgia streams. Water Quality, Exposure and Health. doi: 10.1007/s12403-012-0073-z
  • Pankau, R.C., J.E. Schoonover, K.W.J. Williard, and P.J. Edwards. 2012. Concentrated flow paths in riparian buffer zones of southern Illinois, Agroforestry Systems. 84(2):191-205.
  • Slemp, C., M.A. Davenport, E. Seekamp, J.M. Brehm, J.E. Schoonover, and K.W.J. Williard. 2012. “Growing too fast:” local stakeholders speak out about growth and its consequences for community well-being in the urban-rural interface.  Landscape and Urban Planning. 106(2):139-148.
  • Friedmann, J.D., J.E. Schoonover, K.W.J. Williard, and C.R. Hwang. 2011. Whole catchment land cover effects on water quality in the Lower Kaskaskia River Watershed.  Water, Air, and Soil Pollution,. 221(1-4):337-350. (doi:10.1007/s11270-011-0794-9).
  • Schoonover, J.E., J.L. Hartleb, J.J. Zaczek, and J.W. Groninger. 2011. Growing giant cane (Arundinaria gigantea) for canebrake restoration: greenhouse propagation and field trials. Ecological Restoration 29(3): 234-242.
  • Barrett, K., B.S. Helms, C. Guyer, and J.E. Schoonover. 2010. Linking process to pattern: causes of stream-breeding amphibian decline in urbanized watersheds. Biological Conservation. 143:1998-2005.
  • Schoonover, J.E., Williard, K.W.J, Blattel, C., and C. Yocum. 2010. The utility of giant cane as a riparian buffer species in southern Illinois agricultural landscapes. Agroforestry Systems. 80(1):97-107.
  • Kalin, L., S. Isik, J.E. Schoonover, and B.G. Lockaby. 2010. Predicting water quality in unmonitored watersheds using artificial neural networks. Journal of Environmental Quality. 39(4):1429-1440.
  • Goldstein, C.L., K.W.J. Williard, J.E. Schoonover, S.G. Baer, J.W. Groninger, and J.M. Snyder. 2010. Soil and groundwater nitrogen response to invasion by an exotic N-fixing shrub. Journal of Environmental Quality. 39:1077-1084.


  • 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus, College of Agriculture Sciences, SIUC
  • 2010 Donald M. Elkins Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Agriculture Sciences, SIUC
  • 2006 Young Alumnus of the Year, Department of Forestry, SIUC
  • 2005 Meriwether Fellowship, Auburn University
John Schoonover

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 192-B
Phone: 618 | 453-7468