andy suarez

Andrew V. Suarez

Associate Professor

University of Illinois, School of Integrative Biology

Department of Animal Biology & Department of Entomology

Mailing Address: 320 Morrill Hall, 505 South Goodwin Avenue

Urbana, IL 61801 USA

Office: 515 Morrill Hall

Phone: 217-244-6631

Fax: 217-244-4565


  • 1991 B.S. (Ecology, Ethology and Evolution), University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 1994 M.S. (Biology), University of Illinois, Urbana. Scott K. Robinson advisor
  • 1994 Organization for Tropical Studies, course 94-1, "Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach," Costa Rica
  • 2000 Ph.D. (Biology), University of California, San Diego. Ted J. Case advisor
  • 2003 Ant Course, Southwestern Research Station, Portal, AZ

Professional Experience

  • 2000-01 USDA Post-doctoral Researcher. University of California, Davis.
  • 2001-03 Miller Research Fellow. University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2003-2009 Assistant Professor. Departments of Animal Biology " Entomology, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 2009- Associate Professor. Departments of Animal Biology " Entomology, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 2004- Affiliate, Institute for Genomic Biology, UIUC
  • 2006- Affiliate, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, UIUC


University of Illinois
  • IB 105 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • IB 429 Animal Behavior
  • IB 496 Graduate Seminar, Social Insect Reading Group
Off Campus
  • ACES 298 South Africa Wildlife Study Abroad Program
  • Ant Course Southwestern Research Station, Arizona (and other locations)

Recent Awards

  • 2009-2010 L.C. Gunsalus Scholar Award. University of Illinois
  • 2010-2011 University Scholar, University of Illinois
  • 2007-2010 NSF "Do positive species interactions promote invasions? Effects of ant-hemipteran mutualisms on the success and consequence of ant invasions". (Micky Eubanks and David Holway co-PIs
  • 2010-2011 USDA "Lucid tool to invasive North America ants". (Eli Sarnat co-PI).
  • 2010-2013 NSF "Speciation and Evolution of Fire Ants - An Integrated Population Genetic, Phylogenetic, and Ecological Approach". (Dietrich Gotzek and Ken Ross co-PIs)