School of
Integrative Biology

Researchers in IB

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portrait of Ainsworth, Elizabeth "Lisa" Ainsworth, Elizabeth "Lisa"

lisa.ainsworth@ars.usda.gov
147 ERML
217-265-9887

USDA ARS
Adjunct Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
Plant physiological and molecular responses to global change, photosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism
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 Alleyne, Marianne Alleyne, Marianne

vanlaarh@illinois.edu
518B Morrill Hall
217-333-8652

Assistant Professor - Entomology
Graduate Director of Online Master of Science Teaching Biology Program - School of Integrative Biology
Bioinspired Design
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 Bell, Alison Bell, Alison

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 Berenbaum, May Berenbaum, May

maybe@illinois.edu
216A Morrill Hall / 318B Morrill Hall
217-333-2910 / 217-333-7784

Professor & Head - Entomology
Professor - Plant Biology
Swanlund Chair
PEEC
Chemical interactions between insects and host plants and their implications in the organization of natural communities
portrait of Cáceres, Carla Cáceres, Carla

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
portrait of Catchen, Julian Catchen, Julian

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 Chen, Li-Qing Chen, Li-Qing

lqchen77@illinois.edu
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
portrait of Cheng, C.-H. Christina Cheng, C.-H. Christina

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 Conroy, Jessica Conroy, Jessica

jconro@illinois.edu
Dept. of Geology, Natural History Building 3042
217-244-4855

Associate Professor - Geology; Plant Biology
PEEC
paleoclimate variability on interannual to millennial timescales, paleolimnology, stable isotope hydrology, stable isotope geochemistry
portrait of Dalling, James Dalling, James

dalling@illinois.edu
286 Morrill Hall
217-244-8914

Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
Tropical forest dynamics, plant-soil and plant-fungal interactions, seed ecology
portrait of DeLucia, Evan DeLucia, Evan H.

delucia@illinois.edu

G. William Arends Professor of Integrative Biology
Professor - Plant Biology
Director - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
PEEC
Physiological ecology of vascular plants, photosynthesis, plant architecture, stress, climate change
portrait of Dietrich, Christopher Dietrich, Christopher

chdietri@illinois.edu
282 Natural Resources Building
217-244-7408

Associate Center Director, Systematic Entomologist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Entomology
PEEC
Systematics, morphology, and evolutionary biology of leafhoppers and treehoppers; biodiversity and conservation of grassland ecosystems
portrait of Downie, Stephen Downie, Stephen R.

sdownie@illinois.edu
239 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-1275

Professor - Plant Biology
Associate Director of Academic Affairs - School of Integrative Biology
PEEC
Systematics and evolution of flowering plants, with emphasis on the family Apiaceae; chloroplast genome structural evolution
portrait of Fuller, Becky Fuller, Becky

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 Harmon-Threatt, Alex Harmon-Threatt, Alex

aht@illinois.edu
255 Morrill Hall
217-333-3108

Associate Professor - Entomology
PEEC
Pollination Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration
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 Heads, Sam Heads, Sam

swheads@illinois.edu
Paleontology, Forbes Natural History Bldg., 1816 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
217-244-9448

Director, Center for Paleontology - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Entomology, Geology

portrait of Heath, Katy Heath, Katy

kheath@illinois.edu
249 Morrill Hall
217-265-5473

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
Mutualism coevolution: evolutionary and ecological genetics of plant-microbe interactions; evolutionary responses to global change
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 Leakey, Andrew Leakey, Andrew D.B.

leakey@illinois.edu
1402 IGB
217-244-0302

Professor and Head - Plant Biology
University Scholar
PEEC
Integrative plant physiology, genetics and genomics; plant water use efficiency, photosynthesis and carbon metabolism; crop responses to elevated CO<sub>2</sub>, drought, temperature and ozone; crop sustainability and responses to global environmental change
portrait of Long, Stephen Long, Stephen

slong@illinois.edu
379 ERML/134 IGB
217-244-0881

Ikenberry Endowed University Chair of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology
PEEC
Environmental physiology, atmospheric change impacts on crops and natural vegetation, C4 photosynthesis, energy crops, mathematical models of photosynthesis
portrait of Malhi, Ripan Malhi, Ripan

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 Marshall-Colon, Amy Marshall-Colon, Amy

amymc@illinois.edu
193 ERML
217-300-1430

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
Integrative modeling to investigate the multi-scale regulation of crop response to genetic and environmental perturbations.
portrait of Miller, Andrew Miller, Andrew

amiller7@illinois.edu
2003 Robert Evers Lab

Principal Mycologist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Plant Biology
PEEC
Character evolution of ascomycetes with emphasis on members of the Class Sordariomycetes, biodiversity and biogeography of ascomycetes
portrait of Ming, Ray Ming, Ray

rayming@illinois.edu
148 ERML
217-333-1221

Professor - Plant Biology
Evolution of primitive sex chromosomes, genome structure of papaya, sugarcane, coffee and pineapple
portrait of Molano-Flores, Brenda Molano-Flores, Brenda

molano1@illinois.edu
2012 Natural Resource Building

Senior Plant Ecologist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Entomology; Plant Biology
plant-insect interactions, reproductive biology of plants, population biology, conservation biology; restoration
portrait of O'Dwyer, James O'Dwyer, James

jodwyer@illinois.edu
183 Morrill Hall
217-244-7086

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
portrait of Ort, Donald Ort, Donald R

d-ort@illinois.edu
1406 IGB
217-333-2093

Professor - Plant Biology
Molecular and biochemical basis for environmental effects on photosynthesis, photosynthetic energy transduction
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
portrait of Punyasena, Surangi Punyasena, Surangi W.

spunya1@illinois.edu
139 Morrill Hall
217-244-8049

Associate Professor, Associate Head, Director of Graduate Studies - Plant Biology
PEEC
Palynology, paleoecology, paleoclimate, and computer vision applications
portrait of Riecks-Soucek, David Riecks-Soucek, David

soucek@illinois.edu
107 NRS Annx.
217-265-5489

Ecotoxicologist, Entomologist - Illinois Natural History Survey
Affiliate - Entomology
Aquatic ecotoxicology
portrait of Robinson, Gene Robinson, Gene

generobi@illinois.edu
1608 IGB / 449 Morrill Hall
217-265-0309

Director - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Swanlund Chair
Professor - Entomology
PEEC
Insect social behavior and genomics
portrait of Schuler, Mary Schuler, Mary

maryschu@illinois.edu
162 ERML
217-333-8785

Professor - Plant Biology; Biochemistry; Cell and Developmental Biology
Affiliate - Entomology
Pre-mRNA processing, P450 monooxygenases and their role in plant-insect interactions
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 Whitfield, James Whitfield, James

jwhitfie@illinois.edu
215 Morrill Hall
217-333-2567

Professor - Entomology
PEEC
Ecology and phylogeny of parasitoid wasps
portrait of Yang, Wendy Yang, Wendy H.

yangw@illinois.edu
639 Morrill Hall
217-244-2614

Associate Professor - Plant Biology
PEEC
Terrestrial biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, stable isotope ecology, soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas dynamics, climate change

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