Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
photo credits: Scott Sakulak, Steve Juliano, Mik Holgersson, Ben Sadd

Zoology

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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Angelo CapparellaAngelo 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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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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Rebekka Darner
Rebekka Darner Gougis
Biology education, particularly conceptual development of student's ideas about evolution, ecology, the nature of science; scientific argumentation; self-efficacy, particularly of pre-service elementary teachers
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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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Nate Mortimer
Nathan T. Mortimer
Cellular immunology and parasitology using Drosophila melanogaster and parasitoid wasps as a model host-parasite system; molecular genetics of cellular immunity; parasite virulence mechanisms; genetics of autoimmunity
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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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Wolfgang Stein
Wolfgang Stein

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

Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Charles Thompson
Charles F. Thompson
Evolutionary, physiological, and behavioral ecology of birds