Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
Behavior Researchphoto credits: Mik Holgersson, Scott Sakaluk, Ben Sadd, Steve Juliano

Behavior

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Rachel Bowden
Rachel Bowden
Maternal effects, including yolk steroids and steroid metabolism; effects of temperature fluctuations on sex determination and offspring phenotype; immune function in reptiles
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Diane ByersDiane L. Byers Evolutionary ecology of plants in fragmented prairies including: plant-pollinator interactions, sex ratio variation, bee diversity, and inbreeding depression.
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Joseph Casto
Joseph M. Casto
Integrative Avian Biology, including physiological effects of host-parasite interactions, maternal effects on offspring development, neural mechanisms of motivated social behaviors
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Steve Juliano Steven A. Juliano The roles of interspecific competition and predation in communties; ecology of mosquitoes; connections among behavioral, physiological, population, and connunity ecology; applied statistics; application of mathematics for ecology
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Alysia Vrailas Mortimer
Alysia Vrailas Mortimer

Aging and environmental factors in meurological disorders and muscular dystrophies using the Drosophila melanogaster model system
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Bill PerryWilliam L. Perry Aquatic ecology with an emphasis on biogeochemistry and invasion ecology of crayfish
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Ben Sadd
Ben Sadd
Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite relationships, using bumblebees and other insects. The evolution of antimicrobial defence in insects. Ecological immunology in insects.
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Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Scott Sakaluk
Scott K. Sakaluk
Animal behavior, particularly in the context of the evolution of animal mating systems; eco-immunology of birds; insect reproductive behavior.
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Wolfgang Stein
Wolfgang Stein

Mechanisms of sensorimotor Processing, Motor Pattern Generation and Neuromodulation of Neuronal Networks. We combine optical imaging with in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology.
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Wolfgang Stein's publications

Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea
Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea

Neurogenetic bases of locomotion and natural behavior using the nematode C. elegans.
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Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea's publications

Research and Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Anne Eggert
Anne-Katrin Eggert
Insect parental care, reproductive cooperation and conflict in burying beetles, sperm competition, reproductive skew, recognition mechanism
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Charles Thompson
Charles F. Thompson
Evolutionary, physiological, and behavioral ecology of birds
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