Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
group photoFree seminar speakers in Biological Sciences & Opportunities for students interested in graduate school in biology

The School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, will pay the way of our faculty to travel to nearby institution to give research seminars. Our goal is to inform students about opportunities to pursue MS and PhD degrees in our graduate program (link to our graduate program). We are particularly eager to visit Liberal Arts schools and other places with motivated students looking into graduate programs. The school covers transportation and lodging as needed, and faculty give their seminars and meet with students. We will of course be happy to visit with faculty as well. A list of speakers, with links to their research pages, and the topics on which they can speak is below. For a pdf of these titles click here.

If you are interested, please contact Barbara Cox (email Barbara Cox) in the biology office or contact the desired speaker directly (link for faculty contacts). If you have general questions about our graduate programs you can check out the program page (link above) or email Steven Juliano, Assistant Director for Graduate studies (email Dr. Steven Juliano).

Roger Anderson:
Extreme climate events affect the density of the invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and disrupt years of alternating abundance of first and second year plants.

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and fire effects on the density and flowering diversity of tallgrass prairie forbs.
Vickie Borowicz:
Parasitic plants and prairie communitie.s
Diane Byers:
Prairies in the agricultural landscape.
student in prairie
Rebekka Darner Gougis:
Science denial and motivated reasoning: How can science educators foster a desire to be accurate?
Kevin Edwards:
Genetic analysis of Dystrophin's roles in fly development.
Paul Garris:
Drugs of Abuse.

Compensatory adaptations of dopamine neurons following dopamine denervation.
Craig Gatto:
How does the Na-pump pump Na?

Strange finding you here: an intracellular role for Na,K-ATPase.
Steven Juliano:
Density dependent effects on mosquitoes and the potential for unintended consequences of mosquito control.

She’s a femme fatale: What are the ecological conditions that produce good disease vectors?

Know your enemy:  the role of predators in biological invasions.
Alysia Vrailas Mortimer:
Why do we age?

Understanding Muscular Dystrophy.
Ryan Paitz:
How do embryos regulate their exposure to environmental chemicals?
Bill Perry
The enemy of my enemy … may not be my friend:  Success and failure of crayfish invasions and dispersal in Europe and the US.

Preserving water quality in streams of the Midwestern US streams: what doesn’t work and what can we do?
Ben Sadd:
Tough to be a pollinator: increasing problems in the modern world.

Mother knows best: trans-generational immunity in insects.
Scott Sakaluk:
Maternal Effects and Life-history Evolution in a Songbird.

Polyandry and the Evolution of Chemosensory Self-Referencing in Insects.

Food Fight: Sexual Conflict and the Evolution of Nuptial Food Gifts in Insects.
John Sedbrook:
Using cutting edge genetic tools to rapidly domesticate pennycress as an oilseed-producing winter cover crop.
Wolfgang Stein:
How neurons keep their cool when it is getting hot.

Tales of invasions and collision: when action potentials interrupt one another.
Andres Vidal-Gadea:
How animals detect and orient to the earth’s magnetic field.

The effects of Martian physics on terrestrial organism.

Using worms to fight muscular dystrophy.

How animals switch gears: molecular basis for gait transitions.
Laura Vogel:
The effects of aging on B cell responses and immunity Humoral immunity in reptiles.
Please contact Barbara Cox (blreina@ilstu.edu  ) in the Biological Sciences office if you would like to arrange a seminar.
students in greenhouse