1997. Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
1991. B.S. in Biology, with High Honors, The University of Michigan
2009. The National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology
2010. Short Course in Environmental Genomics. Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
2014 - Director, School of Integrative Biology, UIUC
2013 - 2014 Interim Director, School of Integrative Biology, UIUC
2009 - 2013 Director, Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, UIUC
2012- Professor, Department of Animal Biology, UIUC
2006 - 2012 Associate Professor, Department of Animal Biology, UIUC
2001 - 2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Biology, UIUC
1996 - 2001 Assistant Professional Scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey
Current Adjunct / Affiliate Positions
2002 - Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University
2014- Department of Entomology, UIUC
IB 199 Introduction to research
IB 105 Environmental Biology (General Education Course)
IB 150 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
IB 496/552 Concepts in Ecology (Topics Include: Advanced Limnology, Foundations of Ecology, Community Ecology, Life-history Evolution, Metacommunities, Current Topics in Ecology and Evolution, Invasive Species, Why Sex?, Phenotypic Plasticity)
IB 526 Graduate Seminar – Interdisciplinary training in hydrology, vectors and infectious diseases
IB 546 New Graduate Student Orientation Course
Current courses taught
IB 299 BioMath (every Fall and Spring)
IB 449 Limnology (fall, odd years)
Co-Director (with Zoi Rapti – Mathematics) of the Illinois BioMath Research Experience Program (http://www.math.uiuc.edu/biomath/)
Assistant Director of the iBio summer research experience (~20 students)
Grants to support research
2011-2015 National Science Foundation. Testing mechanistic connections between sex, foraging and parasitism along an ecological gradient. Collaborative Research with Spencer Hall (Indiana University).
2014-2017 National Science Foundation. Friendly competition – infusing ecology and evolution at the frontiers of the dilution effect in disease ecology. Role UIUC PI, (with Zoi Rapti, co-PI). Collaborative research with Spencer Hall (Indiana University – Lead institution) and Meghan Duffy (University of Michigan).
Grants to support student training
2011-2015 National Science Foundation. UBM Group: Biomathematics Research and Training for Undergraduates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. PI-Z. Rapti, Co-PIs: C.E. Cáceres, R.E. DeVille, M. Kantorovitz.
2011-2016 National Science Foundation. IGERT: Vertically Integrated Training with Genomics. PI – A.V. Suarez, Co-PIs: C.E. Cáceres, W.O. McMillan, G.E. Robinson, S. Rodriguez-Zas.
2009-2012 National Science Foundation, EAGER Eco-evolutionary feedback on community assembly. Collaborative research with K.L. Schulz (SUNY –ESF).
2007-2010 National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grand for Sigrid D.P. Smith. Existence and controls of alternative stable states in pond producer communities
2006-2010 National Science Foundation. Community ecology of disease: control of epidemics by species interactions. Collaborative research with S.R. Hall (Indiana University).
2003-2009 National Science Foundation PECASE Award. Exploring population persistence and community assembly through “resurrection ecology”.
2003-2008 National Science Foundation FIBR. Causes and consequences of recombination. PI-M. Lynch (Indiana University), with 4 Co-PIs (Cáceres, Housworth, Lively, Zolan)
2003-2007 National Science Foundation. Physical limnology for the parasite ecologist. Collaborative Research with A.J. Tessier (Kellogg Biological Station) and S. MacIntyre (UCSB).
2003-2004 University of Illinois Campus Research Board. Functional genomics of inbreeding depression. Co-PI with K. Hughes, K. Paige, and G. Whitt
2002-2004 National Sea Grant College Program. Aquatic Nuisance Species: Effects of invasive invertebrate predators on the food webs of the Great Lakes. Co-PI with K.L. Schulz (SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry) and J.M. Dettmers (Illinois Natural History Survey)
1999-2003 National Science Foundation. Diapausing eggs and the dynamics of plankton communities. Collaborative Research with A. J. Tessier (Kellogg Biological Station, MSU)
1998-1999 University of Illinois Campus Research Board. Species composition of the Lake Michigan egg bank
Awards and Fellowships:
2006-2007. Helen Corley Petit Scholar.
2003. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
2002-2003. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences James A. Hagan Teaching Fellow, University of Illinois.
2002, 2004, 2006, 2007. Incomplete list of teachers ranked excellent by their students, University of Illinois.
1999. R. L. Lindeman Award for the outstanding paper written by a young aquatic scientist, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.
1998. L.C. Cole Award for the outstanding publication by a graduate student of the Section of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University.
1997. DIALOG II Symposium participant (sponsored by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography)
1995. PEO Scholar Award Recipient ($6,000)
1995. Honorable Mention, M. F. Buell Award for the outstanding student oral presentation, Ecological Society of America.
1995. R.H. Whittaker Award for the outstanding oral presentation at the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Annual Symposium, Cornell University.
1991-1995. National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.
1991-1995. A.D. White Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University.
1991. Sea Grant Association Award in Environmental Studies.
1991. Monsanto Corporation Outstanding Senior Research Award.
1989-1991. National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship.
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
Ecological Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution
Societas Internationalis Limnologiae