School of
Integrative Biology

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This is a list of faculty that have historically accepted undergraduates into their labs for IB 390 or 490 credit. This list does NOT indicate that faculty currently have openings in their labs. Students must contact faculty individually to learn about potential openings in the lab.

Researchers in IB

Ainsworth, Elizabeth
147 ERML

USDA ARS Adjunct Professor
Plant Biology, PEEC

Plant physiological and molecular responses to global change, photosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism
Allan, Brian
339A Morrill Hall

Associate Professor and Chair, Committee on Natural Areas
Entomology, PEEC

Ecology of infectious diseases
Alleyne, Marianne
518B Morrill Hall

Research Scientist; Graduate Director of Online Master of Science Teaching Biology Program
Entomology, School of Integrative Biology

Bioinspired Design
Anderson, Philip S L
202A Shelford Vivarium

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
Bell, Alison
439 Morrill Hall

Professor; Affiliate, Institute for Genomic Biology; Member, Neuroscience Program
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, PEEC

Proximate causes and ultimate consequences of individual differences in behavior
Berenbaum, May
216A Morrill Hall / 318B Morrill Hall
217-333-2910 / 217-333-7784

Professor & Head - Department of Entomology, Swanlund Chair
Entomology, PEEC, Plant Biology

Chemical interactions between insects and host plants and their implications in the organization of natural communities
Cáceres, Carla
433 Morrill Hall

Professor, SIB Director
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, School of Integrative Biology, PEEC

Population, community and evolutionary ecology; life-history evolution; disease ecology; limnology
Catchen, Julian
233B Morrill Hall

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?
Chen, Li-Qing
1201 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology

Control of sugar allocation to improve crop yield or biomass for food and biofuels
Cheng, C.-H. Christina
17E Burrill Hall

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
Conroy, Jessica
Dept. of Geology, Natural History Building 3042

Assistant Professor, Geology and Plant Biology
Plant Biology

paleoclimate variability on interannual to millennial timescales, paleolimnology, stable isotope hydrology, stable isotope geochemistry
Dalling, James
286 Morrill Hall

Professor and Head - Department of Plant Biology
Plant Biology, PEEC

Tropical forest dynamics, plant-soil and plant-fungal interactions, seed ecology
DeLucia, Evan H.

G. William Arends Professor of Integrative Biology; Professor; Director - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Plant Biology, PEEC

Physiological ecology of vascular plants, photosynthesis, plant architecture, stress, climate change
Dietrich, Christopher
282 Natural Resources Building

Affiliate, Associate Center Director, Systematic Entomologist
Entomology, PEEC, INHS

Systematics, morphology, and evolutionary biology of leafhoppers and treehoppers; biodiversity and conservation of grassland ecosystems
Downie, Stephen R.
239 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-1275

Professor, SIB Associate Director of Academic Affairs
Plant Biology, PEEC, School of Integrative Biology

Systematics and evolution of flowering plants, with emphasis on the family Apiaceae; chloroplast genome structural evolution
Fuller, Becky
104 Shelford Vivarium

Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, PEEC

Speciation, animal behavior and its underlying neurological mechanisms; sexual selection and the evolution of mating systems; phenotypic plasticity
Harmon-Threatt, Alex
255 Morrill Hall

Assistant Professor
Entomology, PEEC

Pollination Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration
Hauber, Mark E
469 Morrill Hall

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.
Heads, Sam

Affiliate, Lead Paleontologist
Entomology, INHS

Heath, Katy
249 Morrill Hall

Associate Professor
Plant Biology, PEEC

Mutualism coevolution: evolutionary and ecological genetics of plant-microbe interactions; evolutionary responses to global change
Johnson, Kevin
284 Natural Resources Building, 607 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign, IL 61820

Affiliate, Principal Ornithologist
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Entomology, INHS, 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
Leakey, Andrew D.B.
1402 IGB

Professor and University Scholar
Plant Biology, PEEC

Integrative plant physiology, genetics and genomics; plant water use efficiency, photosynthesis and carbon metabolism; crop responses to elevated CO2, drought, temperature and ozone; crop sustainability and responses to global environmental change
Long, Stephen
379 ERML/134 IGB

Gutgsell Endowed Professor
Crop Sciences, Plant Biology, PEEC

Environmental physiology, atmospheric change impacts on crops and natural vegetation, C4 photosynthesis, energy crops, mathematical models of photosynthesis
Malhi, Ripan
209F Davenport Hall

Professor; 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
Marshall-Colon, Amy
193 ERML

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology

Integrative modeling to investigate the multi-scale regulation of crop response to genetic and environmental perturbations.
Miller, Andrew
2003 Robert Evers Lab

Plant Biology, PEEC

Character evolution of ascomycetes with emphasis on members of the Class Sordariomycetes, biodiversity and biogeography of ascomycetes
Ming, Ray
148 ERML

Plant Biology

Evolution of primitive sex chromosomes, genome structure of papaya, sugarcane, coffee and pineapple
Molano-Flores, Brenda
2012 Natural Resource Building

Affiliate, Senior Plant Ecologist
Entomology, Plant Biology, INHS

plant-insect interactions, reproductive biology of plants, population biology, conservation biology; restoration
O'Dwyer, James
183 Morrill Hall

Associate Professor
Plant Biology, PEEC

We work with theoretical models and a broad range of data to understand patterns of biodiversity, from tropical forests to host-associated microbial systems like the human microbiome
Ort, Donald R
1406 IGB

Plant Biology

Molecular and biochemical basis for environmental effects on photosynthesis, photosynthetic energy transduction
Paige, Ken N.
483 Morrill Hall

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.
Phillips, Christopher
185 Natural Resources Building

Adjunct Assistant Professor/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
Punyasena, Surangi W.
139 Morrill Hall

Associate Professor, Associate Head, Director of Graduate Studies
Plant Biology, PEEC

Palynology, paleoecology, paleoclimate, and computer vision applications
Riecks-Soucek, David
107 NRS Annx.

Affiliate, Ecotoxicologist, Entomologist
Entomology, INHS

Aquatic ecotoxicology
Robinson, Gene
1608 IGB / 449 Morrill Hall

Swanlund Chair and Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology;
Entomology, PEEC

Insect social behavior and genomics
Schuler, Mary
162 ERML

Affiliate; Professor
Entomology, Plant Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Pre-mRNA processing, P450 monooxygenases and their role in plant-insect interactions
Suarez, Andrew V.
515 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-6631

Professor and Head - Department of Animal Biology Professor - Department of Entomology
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Entomology, PEEC

Ant ecology and behavior; biological invasions
Wahl, David
235 NRSA

Illinois Natural History Survey; Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences; Affiliate Entomology, PEEC

Application of ecological principles to fisheries management; role of predators in controlling community dynamics; behavioral ecology of fishes; bioenergetic and bioeconomic modeling
Whitfield, James
215 Morrill Hall

Entomology, PEEC

Ecology and phylogeny of parasitoid wasps
Yang, Wendy H.
639 Morrill Hall

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology, PEEC

Terrestrial biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, stable isotope ecology, soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas dynamics, climate change