Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
photo credits: Diane Byers, Ben Sadd

Conservation

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Victoria Borowicz
Victoria Borowicz
The ecology of symbiosis: mycorrhizal fungi and plant-enemy relations; the impact of parasitic plants in prairie communities
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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 Byers
Diane 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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Angelo Capparella
Angelo P. Capparella
Neotropical and Nearctic avian systematics, biogeography, and conservation; wind turbine mortality of migrating bats; central Illinois amphibian and reptile biogeography and conservation.
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Steven 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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Ryan Paitz
Ryan Paitz

How developing embryos regulate their exposure to maternal steroids and endocrine disruptors to prevent abnormal development

Bill PerryWilliam L. Perry Aquatic ecology with an emphasis on biogeochemistry and invasion ecology of crayfish
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Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
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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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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John Sedbrook
John Sedbrook

Molecular genetics of plant biomass formation, with the aim of improving biomass deconstruction properties and increasing energy content for liquid biofuelds generation.
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Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Roger Anderson
Roger C. Anderson
Restoration ecology, invasive plants (garlic mustard), ecology of prairies and savannas, deer browsing effects on vegetation
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Joe Armstrong
Joseph E. Armstrong

Floral biology, development, and evolution; pollination of Magnolialean trees, especially nutmegs and custard apples; florivory; ecology of hemiparasitic plants and their impact on prairie communities
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