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Faculty Happenings

At the behest of NSF GEO Directorate/Polar Programs, the NAS/NRC (National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council) has appointed a national committee for a year-long effort in "Developing a Strategic Vision and Implementation Plan for the U.S. Antarctic Program". Chris Cheng has been appointed as one of the committee members.

The effort is to chart and provide guidance for the next decade of polar scientific endeavors, using the recent scientific and logistics reviews of Polar Programs (Future Science Opportunities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean (2011), and More and Better Science in Antarctica through increased Logistical Effectiveness (2012)) as platforms.

Graduate Student Happenings

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Christopher Holmes-Singh on his successful defense of his MS thesis entitled "Effects of diversity on community assembly dynamics in newly formed pond communities" under Carla Caceres.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Torrey Rodgers on his successful defense of his MS thesis entitled "ESTIMATION OF POPULATION DENSITY AND INVESTIGATION OF SOCIO-SPATIAL ORGANIZATION OF OCELOTS (LEOPARDUS PARDALIS) FROM COMPARISON AND INTEGRATION OF TWO NONINVASIVE METHODS" under Edward Heske.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Bill Wills on his successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled "The consequences and implications of ecology on body size distributions in social insects" under Andrew Suarez.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Xuan Zhuang on her successful defense of her PhD thesis entitled " CREATING SENSE FROM NON-SENSE DNA: DE NOVO GENESIS AND EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF ANTIFREEZE GLYCOPROTEIN GENE IN NORTHERN COD FISHES (GADIDAE)" under Chris Cheng.

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