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Faculty Happenings

Congratulations to Alison Bell on her promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Biology, effective August 2013. Way to go Alison!

Congratulations to Chris Cheng on her promotion from Associate Professor to Full Professor in the Department of Animal Biology, effective August 2013. Way to go Chris!



Graduate Student Happenings

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Kate Laskowski on her successful defense of her PhD thesis entitled "Testing models of the adaptive evolution of consistent individual differences in behavior using sticklebacks" under Alison Bell.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Anna Molineaux on her successful defense of her MS thesis entitled "Functional genomics of plant compensatory responses" under Karen Sears.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Brett Mommer on his successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled "The neuroendocrine and molecular mechanisms underlying stress-induced maternal effects in the threespine stickleback" under Alison Bell.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Daniel Welsh on his successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled "Phenotypic Patterns of Size and Shape in North American Killifish" under Becky Fuller.

About the Department of Animal Biology

Although the name Department of Animal Biology is relatively new, this area of biology has a long tradition of excellence at the University of Illinois. Victor E. Shelford, a faculty member in the Department of Zoology from 1914 to 1947, was instrumental in the development of the field of animal ecology in North America. His emphasis on empirical studies in both academic and research programs has continued to the present.

 

The School of Integrative Biology focuses on an integrative approach to fundamental problems that can make a significant contribution to the solution of outstanding scientific and societal problems. As part of that School, the Department of Animal Biology's faculty teach and conduct research in

  • behavioral ecology
  • population and community biology
  • molecular evolution
  • paleobiology
  • population genetics
  • phylogenetic systematics
  • evolutionary ecology

Current research involves a wide range of organisms, from crustaceans through mammals. Affiliate faculty from the Illinois Natural History Survey provide opportunities for graduate research in such applied areas as fisheries and wildlife management, conservation biology, as well as in ecology, behavior, and evolution.

 

Research facilities include laboratories well equipped for molecular biology, a modern avian behavior laboratory, greenhouses, and nearby research areas with mature forest, restored tall-grass prairies, and extensive areas for manipulative studies.

 

Department of Animal Biology
515 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-7801
ab@life.illinois.edu