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, the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship, collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the .

Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship—unpublished and, in many cases, published—directly into IDEALS. Departments can use IDEALS to distribute their working papers, technical reports, or other research material.

IDEALS also includes all electronic theses and dissertations deposited from Fall 2010 onward.

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  • Rivera, Nelda A.; Totoni, Samantha; Monick, Kathryn; Tian, Ting; Green, Michelle L.; Novakofski, Jan E.; Mateus‐Pinilla, Nohra E. (Wiley Periodicals, Inc., 2019-02-27)
    We compared methods commonly used in the field of river otter (Lontra canadensis) ecology to estimate visitation rates. We evaluated visitation rates estimated from 2 survey protocols based on video detection—individual ...


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  • Raudabaugh, Daniel B.; Rivera, Nelda A.; Anchor, Gretchen C.; Bach, Elizabeth; Miller, Andrew N.; Mateus-Pinilla, Nohra E. (MDPI, 2021-04-29)
    We investigated the effect of varying storage time and storage temperature on fungal species’ isolation as part of a case study of Illinois cave sediment samples. A deeper understanding of cave fungal communities may ...


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  • Nelda A. Rivera; Adam L. Brandt; Jan E. Novakofski; Nohra E. Mateus-Pinilla (Dove Medical Press, 2019-06-18)
    Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) that affects members of the cervidae family. The infectious agent is a misfolded isoform (PrPSC) of the host prion protein (PrPC). The ...


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  • Kourtney Grimm; Nelda A. Rivera; Shannon Fredebaugh-Siller; Hsin-Yi Weng; Richard E. Warner; Carol W. Maddox; Nohra E. Mateus-Pinilla. (Wildlife Disease Association, 2020-04-01)
    We identified seven Leptospira serovars in wildlife and the presence of leptospiral DNA in water sources at a natural area within a fragmented habitat in Illinois, US. These serovars have been implicated in domestic animal ...


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  • Nelda A. Rivera; Csaba Varga; Mark G. Ruder; Sheena J. Dorak; Alfred L. Roca; Jan E. Novakofski; Nohra E. Mateus-Pinilla. (MDPI, 2021-07-21)
    Bluetongue (BT) and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) cases have increased worldwide, causing significant economic loss to ruminant livestock production and detrimental effects to susceptible wildlife populations. In ...


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