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Animals

Behavior and biology

Birds
  • Bob Zink, professor, Bell Museum of Natural History, 612-624-7207, zinkx003@umn.edu

    • Birdwatching/Ornithology

    • Crows roosting in cities during winter

    • Lights Out; program in downtown Minneapolis to prevent birds from running into tall buildings at night.

Chimpanzees
  • Mike Wilson, assistant professor, Anthropology and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-1376, wilso198@umn.edu

Lions
  • Craig Packer, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 612-625-5729, packer@umn.edu

Communication and cooperation

Blue Jays
  • David Stephens, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5722, steph031@umn.edu

Chimpanzees
Frogs
  • Mark Bee, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-6749, mbee@umn.edu

Mammals
  • Sharon Jansa, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; curator of mammals, Bell Museum of Natural History, 612-624-6293, jansa003@umn.edu

Endangered species

Chimpanzees and other primates
Lions, animals of Tanzania
  • Craig Packer, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5729, packer@umn.edu

Lions, dogs and humans
  • Craig Packer, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5729, packer@umn.edu

Mammals
  • Sharon Jansa, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; curator of mammals, Bell Museum of Natural History, 612-624-6293, jansa003@umn.edu

Biofuels/Renewable energy

Biodiesel fuel made from soybeans
Biofuel made from algae
  • Michael Sadowsky, McKnight professor and head, BioTechnology Institute, 612-624-2706, sadowsky@umn.edu

Biohydrocarbon fuels
  • Larry Wackett, McKnight professor of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Institute member, 612-625-3785, wacke003@umn.edu

Cellulosic ethanol made from prairie grasses
  • David Tilman, McKnight Presidential Chair and Regents Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5740, tilman@umn.edu

Microbial fuel cells
  • Daniel Bond, assistant professor, BioTechnology Institute, 612-624-8619, dbond@umn.edu

Products made from blue-green algae

Biology basics

Biochemistry
  • Paul Siliciano, associate professor, director of undergraduate studies and associate head, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-625-4928, pauls@umn.edu

Biology
  • Mark Decker, co-director, Biology Program, 612-626-2038, decker@umn.edu

Ecology
  • Jeannine Cavender-Bares, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-6337, cavender@umn.edu

  • Clarence Lehman, adjunct professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; resident fellow, Institute on the Environment, 612-625-5734, lehman@umn.edu

Genetics
  • Rob Brooker, associate professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, 612-624-3053, brook005@umn.edu

Genomics

Human
  • Judy Berman, professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, 612-625-1971, berma003@umn.edu

Microbial metagenomics
  • Mike Sadowsky, director, BioTechnology Institute, 612-624-2706, sadowsky@umn.edu

Human genetics and development
  • Michael O'Connor, Ordway Chair in Developmental Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, 612-626-0642, moconnor@umn.edu

Biology education

Undergraduate biology curriculum
Graduate programs
  • Clarence Lehman, associate dean for graduate education, 612-625-1839, lehman@umn.edu

Biotechnology

Biodale

Biotechnology Resource Center
Imaging Center [microscopy]
Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics
Bioplastics
  • Friedrich Srienc, professor, BioTechnology Institute, 612-624-9776, srienc@umn.edu

Bioremediation

[Use of microbial organisms to clean up the environment]

  • Michael Sadowsky, McKnight professor and head, BioTechnology Institute, 612-624-2706, sadowsky@umn.edu

  • Lawrence Wackett, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and head, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-625-3785, wacke003@umn.edu

BioTechnology Institute

Ecology

Ecology (general questions)
  • Jeannine Cavender-Bares, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-6337, cavender@umn.edu

  • Bob Sterner, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-6790, stern007@umn.edu

  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Field biology
  • Jeff Corney, manager, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, 612-301-2601, jcorney@umn.edu

  • David Biesboer, professor, Plant Biology; director, Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, 612-625-1799, biesboer@umn.edu

Lake Superior and other Minnesota lakes
  • Robert Sterner, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-6790, stern007@umn.edu

  • James Cotner, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and Moos Chair in Limnology, 612-625-1706, cotne002@umn.edu

Plant disease
  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Prairie plants and ecology
  • Ruth Shaw, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-7206, shawx016@umn.edu

  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Restoration ecology
  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Rivers and streams
  • Jacques Finlay, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-4672, jfinlay@umn.edu

Tropical dry forests
  • Jeannine Cavender-Bares, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-6337, cavender@umn.edu

  • Jennifer Powers, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Plant Biology, 612-625-5721, powers@umn.edu

Tropical rain forests
  • George Weiblen, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-3461, gweiblen@umn.edu

  • Jennifer Powers, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Plant Biology, 612-625-5721, powers@umn.edu

Environmental issues

Biodiversity
  • David Tilman, McKnight Presidential Chair and Regents Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5740, tilman@umn.edu

  • Ruth Shaw, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-7206, shawx016@umn.edu

  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Carbon cycling
  • Sarah Hobbie, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-6269, shobbie@umn.edu

  • Jennifer Powers, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Plant Biology, 612-625-5721, powers@umn.edu

Climate change
  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Conservation biology
  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Endangered plant species
  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Environmental cleanup using micro-organisms
  • Lawrence Wackett, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and head, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-625-3785, wacke003@umn.edu

  • Michael Sadowsky, McKnight professor and head, BioTechnology Institute, 612-624-2706, sadowsky@umn.edu

Fossil fuels and increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  • David Tilman, McKnight Presidential Chair and Regents Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5740, tilman@umn.edu

  • Sarah Hobbie, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-6269, shobbie@umn.edu

Human impact on global ecosystems
  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

  • Jennifer Powers, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Plant Biology, 612-625-5721, powers@umn.edu

  • David Tilman, McKnight Presidential Chair and Regents Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5740, tilman@umn.edu

Invasive plants in prairies
  • Diane Larson, adjunct professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-9271, dllarson@umn.edu

Invasive species
  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

  • Ruth Shaw, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-7206, shawx016@umn.edu

Invasive species in lakes
  • Robert Sterner, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-6790, stern007@umn.edu

  • Jacques Finlay, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-4672, jfinlay@umn.edu

Nitrogen fertilizers and diminishing global biodiversity
  • David Tilman, McKnight Presidential Chair and Regents Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5740, tilman@umn.edu

  • Eric Seabloom, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-3406, seabloom@umn.edu

Ozone depletion and increased ultra-violet radiation: Impact on aquatic ecosystems
  • James Cotner, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-1706, cotne002@umn.edu

Tropical rain forests
  • George Weiblen, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-3461, gweiblen@umn.edu

  • Jennifer Powers, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Plant Biology, 612-625-5721, powers@umn.edu

Evolution

Evolution, teaching in schools
  • Randy Moore, professor, Biology Program, 612-626-4458, rmoore@umn.edu

  • Mark Borrello, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-7079, borrello@umn.edu

  • Sehoya Cotner, associate professor, Biology Program, 612-626-2385, harri054@umn.edu

  • Scott Lanyon, head, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-6291, lanyo001@umn.edu

Evolutionary biology

Darwin, history of evolution
  • Mark Borrello, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-7079, borrello@umn.edu

  • Randy Moore, professor, Biology Program, 612-626-4458, rmoore@umn.edu

  • Mark Decker, co-director, Biology Program, 612-626-2038, decker@umn.edu

Science of evolution
  • Sehoya Cotner, associate professor, Biology Program, 612-626-2385, harri054@umn.edu

  • R. Ford Denison, adjunct professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, denis036@umn.edu

  • Scott Lanyon, head, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-6291, lanyo001@umn.edu

Tree of Life/Macroevolution

Birds
  • Scott Lanyon, head, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-6291, lanyo001@umn.edu

  • Bob Zink, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-7207, zinkx003@umn.edu

Fungi/mushrooms
  • David McLaughlin, professor, Plant Biology; curator of fungi, Bell Museum of Natural History, 612-625-5736, davem@umn.edu

Genetics
  • Keith Barker, assistant professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-2737, barke042@umn.edu

Mammals
  • Sharon Jansa, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; curator of mammals, Bell Museum of Natural History, 612-624-6293, jansa003@umn.edu

Plants
  • George Weiblen, Packard Fellow, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-3461, gweiblen@umn.edu

Food/Agriculture

The Department of Plant Biology conducts a variety of federally funded research to make crop plants more productive and more resistant to disease, pests, and temperature extremes. Following are a few key areas of research.

Corn genomics
  • Nathan Springer, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-6241, springer@umn.edu

Epigenetics
  • Nathan Springer, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-6241, springer@umn.edu

Evolution and agriculture
  • Peter Tiffin, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-7406, ptiffin@umn.edu

  • R. Ford Denison, adjunct professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, denis036@umn.edu

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Dan Voytas, professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, 612-626-4509, voytas@umn.edu

  • Jane Glazebrook, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-5194, jglazebr@umn.edu

Hemp as a fiber and oil crop
  • George Weiblen, Packard Fellow, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-3461, gweiblen@umn.edu

Nitrogen fixation

The unique ability of legumes to capture nitrogen (an essential nutrient) from the environment.

  • Kate VandenBosch, professor and head, Plant Biology, 612-625-1234, vande102@umn.edu

  • Michael Sadowsky, McKnight professor and head, BioTechnology Institute, 612-624-2706, sadowsky@umn.edu

  • R. Ford Denison, adjunct professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, denis036@umn.edu

Plant disease resistance
  • Fumi Katagiri, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-5195, katagiri@umn.edu

  • Jane Glazebrook, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-5194, jglazebr@umn.edu

Human health

Aging
  • James Curtsinger, professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-624-6746, jwcurt@umn.edu

Autoimmune diseases

Myasthenia gravis
  • Bianca Conti-Fine, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-624-6796, conti001@umn.edu

Blood coagulation diseases
  • Gary Nelsestuan, professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-624-3622, nelse002@umn.edu

Cancer biology
  • Brian Van Ness, professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, 612-624-9944, vanne001@umn.edu

  • Anja Bielinsky, associate professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-624-2469, bieli003@umn.edu

Diabetes and metabolism
  • David Bernlohr, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and head, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-624-2712, bernl001@umn.edu

Ecology of human disease
  • Susan Jones, associate professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and History of Science and Technology, 612-624-9636, jone0996@umn.edu

Proteomics

[Study of proteins produced by an organism's genome and the role of those proteins in health and disease]

  • Gary Nelsestuen, professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-624-3622, nelse002@umn.edu

  • Timothy Griffin, associate professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 612-624-5249, tgriffin@umn.edu

Zoonotic diseases

[Transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans]

  • Craig Packer, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 612-625-5729, packer@umn.edu

  • Mike Wilson, assistant professor, Anthropology, 612-625-1376, wilso108@umn.edu

Plant biology

Aquatic plants
Fungi/mushrooms
  • David McLaughlin, professor, Plant Biology; curator of fungi, Bell Museum of Natural History, 612-625-5736, davem@umn.edu

Native plants of Minnesota
  • David Biesboer, professor, Plant Biology; director, Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, 612-625-1799, biesboer@umn.edu

Plant systems
Tropical rain forests
  • George Weiblen, Packard Fellow, associate professor, Plant Biology, 612-624-3461, gweiblen@umn.edu