Carla Eva Cáceres
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


1997. Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University 
1991. B.S. in Biology, with High Honors, The University of Michigan

Additional Training:
2009. The National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology
2010. Short Course in Environmental Genomics. Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

Professional Experience:
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

Courses Taught:

Past courses
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)

Other Activities
Co-Director (with Zoi Rapti – Mathematics) of the Illinois BioMath Research Experience Program (
Assistant Director of the iBio summer research experience (~20 students)

Current Grants:
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.

Prior Funding:
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
Sigma Xi
Society for the Study of Evolution
Societas Internationalis Limnologiae