Department of
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Directory

portrait of Allan, Brian Allan, Brian

ballan@illinois.edu
339A Morrill Hall
217-244-1341

Associate Professor - Entomology
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Ecology of infectious diseases
portrait of Anderson, Philip Anderson, Philip S L

andersps@illinois.edu
202A Shelford Vivarium
217-300-2855

Assistant Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Comparative evolutionary biomechanics in both vertebrates and invertebrates, particularly to examine how the laws of physics and mechanics influence evolutionary processes; combining kinematics and fracture mechanics to examine the evolution of biological cutting/puncture systems; biomechanical and morphological diversification in deep-time; evolution of multi-part biomechanical systems; paleobiomechanics
portrait of Antonson, Nicholas Antonson, Nicholas

nda4@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Behavioral ecology, avian brood parasitism, coevolution, and the effect of parental care on brood parasites

Advisor: Mark E Hauber
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barnabe2@illinois.edu
320 Morrill Hall

Office Manager - EEB & PEEC

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g-batzli@illinois.edu
200 Shelford Vivarium
217-333-0894

Professor Emeritus - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Population, community, and behavioral ecology of mammals; plant-animal interactions; nutritional ecology of herbivores; arctic ecology
portrait of Behrens, Colby Behrens, Colby

colbybb2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Examining genetic mechanisms influencing behavior in three-spined stickleback fish

Advisor: Alison Bell
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alisonmb@illinois.edu
439 Morrill Hall
217-265-5469

Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Affiliate - Institute for Genomic Biology
Member - Neuroscience Program
PEEC
Proximate causes and ultimate consequences of individual differences in behavior
portrait of Brawn, Jeffrey Brawn, Jeffrey

jbrawn@illinois.edu
W-503 Turner Hall
217-244-5937

Professor and Head - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Conservation biology; comparative population and community ecology of vertebrates, especially birds; tropical ecology; statistical ecology; molecular evolutionary ecology
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jfbrinkw@illinois.edu

217-265-0734

Assistant Professor - Anthropology
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

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e-brown1@illinois.edu

Associate Professor Emeritus - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

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sbukhar@illinois.edu

Postdoc Research Associate - EEB

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cecacere@illinois.edu
433 Morrill Hall
217-244-2139

Director - School of Integrative Biology
Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Population, community and evolutionary ecology; life-history evolution; disease ecology; limnology
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scapel2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior


Advisor: Ken N. Paige
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jcatchen@illinois.edu
233B Morrill Hall
217-244-4298

Assistant Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
How do genomes change over time? In particular, we want to examine how the architecture of a genome changes in response to major evolutionary events — what architectural changes occur in a genome seeding an invasive species, or a genome underlying a large, long-term species radiation?
portrait of Chabain, Jules Chabain, Jules

chabain2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Former paleontologist puzzled by animal weaponery and the linkage between shape, function and performance; using biomechanics, ct-scanned data, and comparative anatomy

Advisor: Philip S L Anderson
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c-cheng@illinois.edu
17E Burrill Hall
217-333-2832

Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Evolutionary genomic, transcriptomic, and physiological changes in cold adaptation and specialization in Antarctic and Arctic fishes. Molecular evolution of antifreeze proteins and other cold-adaptive genes and functions. Marine biodiversity in Polar regions. Field research in Antarctica and the Arctic
portrait of Clancy, Kathryn Clancy, Kathryn

kclancy@illinois.edu
109 Davenport Hall
217-244-1509

Associate Professor - Anthropology
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Human reproductive ecologist who specializes in women's health, endometrial function and evolutionary medicine. Dr. Clancy's work challenges assumptions about what constitutes normal reproductive physiology, and clinical threshold hypotheses regarding health.
portrait of Darcy, Hannah Darcy, Hannah

hdarcy2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Morphology of the salamander skull, comparative biomechanics of feePding in land-to-water transitions, and biological material properties

Advisor: Philip S L Anderson
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davis63@illinois.edu
1816 S. Oak St. Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6960

Conservation Biologist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Entomology
Phylogenetics, conservation genetics, population genetics, genomics, environmental DNA
portrait of DeVries, Arthur DeVries, Arthur

adevries@illinois.edu
17C Burrill Hall
217-333-4245

Professor Emeritus - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Antarctic and Arctic fish biology: Cold adaptation and biological antifreeze systems; ecological and evolutionary physiology; life histories of Antarctic notothenioid fish; expression of antifreeze proteins during development; protein structures and molec
portrait of Drager, Kim Drager, Kim

kdrager2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Nest architecture of soil dwelling ants (both ancient and modern) and how nest structure varies between ant species and geological environments

Advisor: Andrew V. Suarez
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jkkelly2@illinois.edu

Postdoc Research Associate

portrait of Fischer, Eva Fischer, Eva K.

efischer@illinois.edu
683 Morrill Hall

Assistant Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Exploring underlying mechanisms to understand how behaviors are generated, maintained, and modified by evolution by using integrative approaches to address these questions across hierarchical levels of biological organization and timescales. Because fundamental principles governing brains and behavior are most apparent in evolutionary and developmental contexts, I combine lab and field studies to understand variation and adaptation in ecologically relevant behaviors. Currently, I work primarily with charismatic neotropical poison frogs.
portrait of Fouke, Bruce Fouke, Bruce

fouke@illinois.edu

(217) 244-5431

Director & Professor, Geology Department

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rcfuller@illinois.edu
104 Shelford Vivarium
217-333-9065

Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Speciation, animal behavior and its underlying neurological mechanisms; sexual selection and the evolution of mating systems; phenotypic plasticity
portrait of Getz, Lowell Getz, Lowell

l-getz@life.illinois.edu

Professor Emeritus - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Population ecology; demography, social organization, and behavioral ecology of small mammals; ecology of terrestrial mollusks
portrait of Hauber, Mark Hauber, Mark E

mhauber@illinois.edu
469 Morrill Hall
217-300-7127

Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
I am a professor and behavioral ecologist, conservation scientist, and comparative psychologist, focusing on the evolution of recognition systems, and using land- and seabirds to address questions about how individuals recognize themselves, their mates, their young, their prey, and their predators. Shifting gears between behavioral, developmental, and molecular tools, my lab has been studying the social and genetic consequences of species recognition in avian brood parasites, such as cuckoos and cowbirds. We also explore the cogntive and neurophysiological bases of self/other discrimination critical for the social functioning of individuals, including crowded nests, dense seabird colonies, and even large human settlements. We use comparative and genetic tools, chemical and physical models, and perceptual and mathematical models to understand how individuals make the decisions which are critical for their survival and success, including sexual reproduction.
portrait of Holmes, Christopher J. Holmes, Christopher J.

cholmes4@illinois.edu

217-300-2324

Program Manager - Office of Undergraduate Research
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

portrait of Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Kevin

kpjohnso@illinois.edu
284 Natural Resources Building, 607 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign, IL 61820
217-244-9267

Principal Ornithologist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Entomology
PEEC
Molecular systematics, host-parasite co-evolution, comparative approaches to studying the evolution of behavior in birds, co-speciation between birds and parasitic lice, population genetics of island biogeography
portrait of Jones, Cody Jones, Cody

cpjones2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Looking at the interplay between overcompensation and endoreduplication, specifically in the model system, soybean

Advisor: Ken N. Paige
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r-larkin@illinois.edu
2021 I-Bldg.
333-7513

Adjunct Associate Professor - Illinois Natural History Survey
Wildlife ecology in disturbed environments; avian migration, orientation, energetics, and communication; small-scale atmospheric motions and flying animals
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laserna2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Wildlife responses to anthropogenic changes, animal behavior, wildlife conservation

Advisor: Ken N. Paige
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slawson3@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Behavioral ecology, breeding strategies, mate choice, vocal communication/perception in birds

Advisor: Mark E Hauber
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alecl2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Behavioral & cognitive ecology, evolution, avian brood parasitism and species recognition in birds

Advisor: Mark E Hauber
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mfm8@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Behavioral ecology, parental care, social evolution

Advisor: Alison Bell
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malhi@illinois.edu
209F Davenport Hall
217-265-0721

Professor - Anthropology
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Integrates population genetics, phylogenetics, ancient DNA analysis, and field research in collaboration with Native American communities; use of tools from molecular biology and population genetics; North America
portrait of Menel, Ilona Menel, Ilona

menel2@illinois.edu
449 Morrill Hall
217-333-3670

Research Specialist - EEB

portrait of Paige, Ken Paige, Ken N.

k-paige@illinois.edu
483 Morrill Hall
217-244-6606

Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Our lab focuses on several areas of research including 1) the ecology and evolutionary biology of species interactions with an emphasis on overcompensation (enhanced fitness following herbivory), 2) the role of somatic mutation and endoreduplication (replication of the genome without mitotic cell division) in allowing an individual plant to evolve and adjust to environmental challenges, 3) conservation genetics, focusing on the ecological and evolutionary consequences of small population size, and 4) phylogeographic analyses with a focus on understanding how organisms have responded to anthropogenic, geologic and climatic history.
portrait of Phillips, Christopher Phillips, Christopher

caphilli@illinois.edu
185 Natural Resources Building
217-244-7077

Associate Research Program Leader - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Population genetics, population ecology, and systematics, especially as applied to amphibians, reptiles, and fishes; phylogeny estimation using molecular markers; conservation genetics
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hpollock@illinois.edu

Postdoc Research Associate

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nirajr2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Population genomics of natural populations and computational biology

Advisor: Julian Catchen
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angelgr2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Genomics, genome evolution

Advisor: Julian Catchen
portrait of Roca, Alfred Roca, Alfred

roca@illinois.edu
441 Animal Sciences Laboratory
217-244-8853

Associate Professor - Animal Sciences
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Comparative and evolutionary genomics of mammals and retroviruses, conservation genetics of elephants and other wildlife
portrait of Roseman, Charles Roseman, Charles

croseman@illinois.edu
203 Shelford Vivarium
217-244-3513

Associate Professor - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Anthropology
PEEC

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hscharf2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Behavioral ecology, social and mating systems, avian brood parasitism

Advisor: Mark E Hauber
portrait of Schooley, Robert Schooley, Robert

schooley@illinois.edu
W-401B Turner Hall
217-244-2729

Associate Professor - Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Landscape ecology, metapopulations, wildlife conservation, animal movements
portrait of Schwing, Cameron Schwing, Cameron

cschwin2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Effects of manipulating larval mosquito habitat on development and fitness

Advisor: Carla Cáceres
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brscott2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Early evolution of vertebrates, specifically the changes in feeding and locomotion associated with the transition from jawless to jawed vertebrates. I seek to understand these changes using paleontology, functional morphology, and biomechanics

Advisor: Philip S L Anderson
portrait of Stumpf, Rebecca Stumpf, Rebecca

rstumpf@illinois.edu
Department of Anthropology
217-333-3616

Professor - Anthropology
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Sexual selection, hominid behavior, endocrinology, primate microbial ecology, primate evolution, reproductive mechanisms, preterm birth
portrait of Suarez, Andrew Suarez, Andrew V.

suarez2@illinois.edu
515 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-6631

Professor and Head - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Professor - Entomology
PEEC
Ant ecology and behavior; biological invasions
portrait of Surber, Lisa Surber, Lisa

lsurber2@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Behavioral ecology, evolution, and phenotypic plasticity in Neotropical poison frogs

Advisor: Eva K. Fischer
portrait of Tan, Milton Tan, Milton

miltont@illinois.edu
380 Natural Resources Building
217-300-0987

Assistant Research Scientist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
PEEC
Systematics, evolution and diversification of fish biodiversity and their morphological and genomic traits, using a combination of approaches including phylogenomics, genomics, transcriptomics, comparative phylogenetic methods, and collections-based specimen research
portrait of Turner, Abbi Turner, Abbi

aturner5@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Evolution, mate choice, parental care, brood parasitism, and birds

Advisor: Mark E Hauber
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warnow@illinois.edu
3235 Seibel Center for Computer Sciences
217-300-3087

Founder Professor and Associate Head - Computer Science
Affiliate - Entomology; Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Plant Biology
PEEC
Phylogenomics, multiple sequence alignment, and metagenomics
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westse@illinois.edu

Postdoc Research Associate

portrait of Whitt, Gregory Whitt, Gregory

gswhitt@illinois.edu
469 Morrill Hall
217-333-4645

Professor Emeritus - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Evolutionary genetics & phylogenetic relationships of fishes. Isozymes & other molecular characters used to investigate evolutionary relationships & to infer patterns of gene structural & regulatory evolution. Biochemical genetics & evolution of teleosts
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pwilson5@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Disease ecology and host-parasite coevolution in Daphnia

Advisor: Carla Cáceres
portrait of Wszalek, Andrew Wszalek, Andrew

wszalek1@illinois.edu

Graduate Student - Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Physical and chemical compensatory responses of soybeans following damage

Advisor: Ken N. Paige