Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
photo credits: John Sedbrok, Vickie Borowicz, Diane Byers

Plant Biology

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Victoria BorowiczVictoria Borowicz The ecology of symbiosis: mycorrhizal fungi and plant-enemy relations; the impact of parasitic plants in prairie communities
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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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Martha Cook
Martha E. Cook
Evolution of plants and algae, structure and development at the cellular level, using various types of microscopy
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Tom Hammond
Tom Hammond
Molecular genetic analysis of unpaired DNA silencing and meiotic drive
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Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Viktor Kirik
Viktor Kirik
Molecular mechanisms determing division plane selection and orientation of cell expansion in growing plant cells, particularly the role played by microtubules
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John Sedbrook
John Sedbrook

Molecular genetics of cell expansion and trophic responses in Arabidopsis thaliana; improvement of plant biomass for use as feedstocks to generate biofuels
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Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Roger AndersonRoger 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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