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School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University
Department of Biology


Faculty seek crowdfunding for parasitic plant research article thumbnailFaculty seek crowdfunding for parasitic plant research. Assistant Professor Vickie Borowicz from Illinois State University's School of Biological Sciences has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her research on the role of parasitic plants in prairie communities and restoration. [Read the rest]
Commemoration honoring historic red oak, October 19 article thumbnailCommemoration honoring historic red oak, October 19. The great oak at Fell Avenue and North Street must soon be felled, but efforts are underway to help preserve its legacy.  [Read the rest]
Juliano awarded $435,000 NIH grant for mosquito studies article thumbnailJuliano awarded $435,000 NIH grant for mosquito studies. Steven Juliano received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the most advantageous time during the life cycle of mosquitos to kill them. [Read the rest]

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School of Biological Sciences Seminar

Dr_Harmon-ThreattThursday October 27 at 4:00p.m. in Moulton Hall 210, Dr. Alex Harmon-Threatt from the Dept. of Entomology at Univ. of IL-Urbana-Champaign will give a presentation on her research - "Preserving Prairies: Do current restoration methods support bee conservation?" For the abstract of her presentation - click here. For a pdf of one of her papers click on the authors. Harmon-Threatt and Kremen 2015, Harmon-Threatt and Chin 2016, Harmon-Threatt and Hendrix 2015.

Integrative Biology Seminar Series

Morgan WalderTuesday October 25 Morgan Walder will present her research - "Takeover on the tallgrass prairie: How Lespedeza cuneata establishes dominance" at noon in SLB 121.

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

PreetiFriday October 28 at noon in Julian Hall 216, Preeti Chalwadi give a presentation on her research - "Dopamine effects of stimulant and non-stimulant drugs used in the treatment of ADHD".

Photos Highlights from our annual Alumni Newsletter

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Moe Khalil Rachel Mandes
Marc Ashford Lucas Barickman
Mitchell Czerwinski Cal Hackler
Student researchers - Moe Khalil, Rachel Mandes, Marc Ashford, Lucas Barickman, and Mitchell Czerwinski. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award winner - Cal Hackler

Tropical Rainforest Ecology 2017

Travel to a field station in Costa Rica with ecologists, explore the rainforest and do a project.

Information Meeting - Thursday Nov 10th at noon in SLB 421

rainforestFor more information - click here

Seminar Schedules

Welcome From The Chair

Whether you are interested in plants, animals, or microbes, our interdisciplinary and collaborative research groups in the School of Biological Sciences have something for you! From investigations involving interactions at subcellular molecular levels, to function and communication within/between organ systems and organisms, to evolutionary and ecological dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems, see how ISU can set you on the right career path!