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Genetics & Biochemistry  


Alison M. Bell
Associate Professor
439 Morrill Hall
(217) 265-5469
Physiology & Development Evolution & Systematics Behavior Genetics & Biochemistry   Intraspecific behavioral variation; ecological and evolutionary implications of behavioral syndromes in threespined sticklebacks; behavioral ecology.
Carla E. Caceres
477B Morrill Hall
(217) 244-2139
Ecology Evolution & Systematics   Population, community and evolutionary ecology; life-history evolution; ecology of infectious disease; limnology.
Julian Catchen
Assistant Professor
515 Morrill Hall
Genetics & Biochemistry Evolution & Systematics   Evolution of the genome; identifying large structural variation in populations of threespine stickleback using a synthesis of genetic mapping, genome assembly, and mate-pair sequencing.
C.-H. Christina Cheng
17E Burrill Hall
(217) 333-4245
Physiology & DevelopmentEvolution & SystematicsGenetics & Biochemistry Molecular evolution of fish antifreeze protein genes, particularly evolutionary origins and molecular mechanisms of new gene genesis; temporal relationship between evolution of antifreeze function and paleobiogeography of polar regions; evolution of the marine species flock of Antarctic Notothenioid fishes; molecular cytogenetics of Antarctic notothenioids and northern cod fishes. Field research in Antarctica and the Arctic.
Zachary A. Cheviron
Assistant Professor
433 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-2787
Physiology & DevelopmentEvolution & SystematicsGenetics & Biochemistry Evolutionary Physiology; Evolutionary, Functional, and Population Genomics; Adaptation to environmental stress in birds and mammals. 
Arthur L. DeVries
Professor Emeritus
17C Burrill Hall
(217) 333-4245
  Antarctic and Arctic fish biology: Cold adaptation and biological antifreeze systems; ecological and evolutionary physiology; life histories of Antarctic notothenioid fish; expression of antifreeze proteins during development; protein structures and molecular mechanisms of antifreeze function. Field research in Antarctica and the Arctic.
Thomas H. Frazzetta
233 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-4199
Physiology & Development Evolution & Systematics   Evolutionary mechanisms of complex adaptive systems; interaction of population biology with morphology, paleontology, and development; functional morphology and biomechanics of vertebrate skeleto-muscular systems.

Rebecca C. Fuller

104 Shelford Vivarium
(217) 333-9065

Physiology & Development Evolution & Systematics Behavior Genetics & Biochemistry   Animal behavior and its underlying neurological mechanisms; sexual selections and the evolution of mating systems; sensory bias model of sexual selection in killifish.
Jonathan D. Marcot
Research Assistant Professor
665 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-6826
  Biologic diversification, particularly morphologic, molecular and taxonomic evolution of fossil and living artiodactyl mammals; paleontology; evolution of biologic complexity; phylogenetic methods
Ken N. Paige
483 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-6606
Ecology Evolution & Systematics Genetics & Biochemistry   Plant-animal interaction with an empasis on understanding the phenomenon of overcompensation from ecological, physiological, genetic and evolutionary perspectives; conservation biology; evolutionary ecology.
Karen E. Sears
Assistant Professor
465 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-7724
Physiology & Development Evolution & Systematics Genetics & Biochemistry   Evolutionary developmental biology, particularly combining paleontology, developmental biology and genetics to examine the developmental mechanisms that drive morphologic diversification in mammals.
Andrew V. Suarez
Professor and Head
681 Morrill Hall
(217) 244-6631
Ecology Evolution & Systematics Behavior   Ant ecology and behavior; Biological invasions.


Jeffrey D. Brawn
NRES, W-503 Turner Hall
(217) 244-5937
Ecology Evolution & Systematics Behavior   Conservation Biology; comparative population and community ecology of vertebrates, especially birds; tropical ecology; molecular evolutionary ecology.
Kathryn Clancy
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
  Human reproductive ecologist who specializes in women's health, endometrial function and evolutionary medicine. Dr. Clancy's work challenges assumptions about what constitutes normal reproductive physiology, and clinical threshold hypotheses regarding health.
Edward Heske
Mammalian Ecologist, INHS
  Population and community ecology of mammals; consequences of habitat fragmentation for mammaliam species diversity and population dynamics; mammalian social organization; desert rodent ecology; conservation biology.
Kevin Johnson
1816 S. Oak St., MC-652
(217) 244-9267
Evolution & Systematics   Molecular systematics, host-parasite co-evolution, comparative approaches to studying the evolution of behavior in birds, co-speciation between birds and parasitic lice, population genetics of island biogeography
Ronald Larkin
Wildlife Ecologist, INHS
Ecology Behavior   Wildlife ecology in disturbed environments; avian migration, orientation, energetics, and communication; small-scale atmospheric motions and flying animals.
Ripan Malhi
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Genetics & Biochemistry   Integrates population genetics, phylogenetics, ancient DNA analysis, and field research in collaboration with Native American communities. Use of tools from molecular biology and population genetics; American Southwest and Central Mexico.
David Philipp
Conservation Geneticist, INHS
Ecology Behavior Genetics & Biochemistry   Fish genetics and evolution; identification, characterization and conservation of fish stocks; evolution of structural and regulatory genes; behavioral genetics of fishes.
Christopher Phillips
Herpetologist, INHS
Ecology Evolution & Systematics Behavior   Population genetics, population ecology, and systematics, especially as applied to amphibians, reptiles, and fishes; phylogeny estimation using molecular markers; conservation genetics.
David Wahl
Fishery Biologist, INHS
Ecology Behavior   Application of ecological principles to fisheries management; role of predators in controlling community dynamics; behavioral ecology of fishes; bioenergetic and bioeconomic modeling.


George Batzli
Professor Emeritus
Ecology   Population, community, and behavioral ecology of mammals; plant-animal interactions; nutritional ecology of herbivores; artic evology.
  Edward Brown
Associate Professor Emeritus
  Lowell Getz
Professor Emeritus
  David Nanney
Professor Emeritus
Genetics & Biochemistry  
  Lawrence Page
Professor Emeritus (Affiliate)
  Systematics, evolution, and ecology of North American freshwater fishes and crayfishes; natural areas.
  Patrick J. Weatherhead
Ecology Behavior   Behavior, ecology, and conservation of snakes and birds.
Gregory S. Whitt
Professor Emeritus
469 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-4645
Evolution & Systematics   Evolutionary genetics and phylogenetic relationships of fishes. Isozymes and other molecular characters used to investigate evolutionary relationships and to infer patterns of gene structural and regulatory evolution. Biochemical genetics and evolution of teleosts.