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Graduate program faculty

Looking to join a lab? Many of our faculty are looking for new students every year. Faculty currently accepting students for Fall 2018 are indicated by an *asterisk below. Please visit individual faculty websites to learn more about the research of EEB graduate faculty.

NOTE:   Faculty without an (*) may still be interested in recruiting students, feel free to contact any faculty listed below.


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Frank Albert

Genomics, Statistical and Quantitative Genetics, Transcriptomics

David Andow

Ecological risk assessment of biological stressors, such as invasive species and genetically engineered organisms. Insect resistance management, gene flow and its consequences, and non-target species effects. Science policy associated with GMOs. Ecology of natural enemy food webs in agricultural crops, including interactions involving predators, such as Anthocorids, Coccinnelids, Chrysopids and parasitoids in maize. The use of vegetational diversity in the conservation of natural enemies.

F. Keith Barker

Avian phylogeny and genetics, Evolution of social behavior, Spatial and temporal patterns, Molecular evolution

Mark Bee

Acoustic communication, Aggression, Auditory perception, Neurophysiology, Auditory scene analysis, Behavioral plasticity, Honest signaling, Neuroethology sexual selection, Sound pattern recognition, Sound localization, Territoriality

Ran Blekhman

Human genomics, human microbiome

Elizabeth Borer

Nutrient Network (NutNet), Nitrogen deposition, Global change, Biodiversity, Ecosystem function, Grasslands

Mark Borrello

History of biology, Evolutionary theory, Genetics, Ecology, Biology of behavior, Biology and society

Yaniv Brandvain

Grounded in theoretical and empirical population genomics, my group investigates plant evolution at micro and macroevolutionary scales.

Kathryn Bushley

Fungal metabolism

Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Physiological ecology, Plant integration, Phylogenetics, Linking plant function, Evolutionary history, Environmental gradients, Phylogeography, Local adaptation, Conservation

James B. Cotner

Biological limnology and oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Microbial ecology

Meggan Craft

My lab studies  infectious disease dynamics in animal populations.

James W. Curtsinger

Antony M. Dean

R. Ford Denison

Jacques C. Finlay

My lab studies freshwater ecosystems and their interactions with surrounding landscapes.

Valery Forbes

Our research focuses on predicting the effects of toxic chemicals and other stressors on populations using mechanistic modeling.

James D. Forester

David L. Fox

Lee E. Frelich

Susan M. Galatowitsch

Emma Goldberg

My group uses mathematical and computational methods to learn about biogeography and plant mating system evolution.

Jeff Gralnick

Jessica Gutknecht

I study soil microbial community dynamics and how they inform our understanding of ecosystem functions such as carbon cycling and sustainability.

WIlliam Harcombe

We do experimental evolutionary ecology of microbial systems.

George Heimpel

We study host-parasitoid interactions, usually in the context of biological control of invasive species; projects include conservation of Darwin's finches in the Galapagos Islands and biological control of agricultural pests and weeds in the United States.

Jessica Hellmann

I research ecological effects of climate change and strategies for reducing climate-related risks in species and ecosystems.

Sarah E. Hobbie

Forest Isbell

We investigate anthropogenic drivers and ecosystem consequences of changes in biodiversity.

Sharon Jansa

The Jansa lab studies the systematics, biogeography, and diversification of mammals, particularly rodents and opossums.

Susan D. Jones

Peter Kennedy

Linda L. Kinkel


We study the ecology and evolutionary biology of soil and plant microbiomes focusing on the relationships between plant communities, soil carbon dynamics, and microbiome composition and functional characteristics.

Kenneth H. Kozak

Scott M. Lanyon

Diane L. Larson

My lab is interested in plant-pollinator interactions at the community scale and how invasive plants (and their control) affect these interactions.

Clarence L. Lehman

Georgiana May

Suzanne McGaugh

L. David Mech

My research involves monitoring wolf-deer relations in the Superior National Forest.

David Moeller

Rebecca A. Montgomery

My research focuses on global change impacts on forest ecosystems. I am particularly interested in phenology, the timing of biological activity, and how it influences ecological communities.

Claudia Neuhauser

Analysis of ecological and evolutionary models and the development of statistical methods in biomedical applications

Raymond M. Newman

My lab is assessing control of invasive aquatic macrophytes and factors influenceing restoration of native macrophyte communities.

Karen S. Oberhauser

Craig Packer

My current research interests range from animal cognition to savanna ecology to wildlife conservation, and my lab group works primarily in southern Africa.

John Pastor

Steve Polasky

Jennifer S. Powers

We study ecosystem ecology of tropical landscapes.

Peter B. Reich

Michael J. Sadowsky

Eric Seabloom

Allison Shaw

My group uses theory to study evolutionary and ecological aspects of migration and dispersal behaviors.

Ruth G. Shaw

Using the concepts and approaches of quantitative genetics and plant population biology, our group is addressing questions about evolutionary responses of native plant populations to spatially varying and changing environments.

Andrew M. Simons

My lab studies systematics and evolution of trophic morphology in fishes.

Emilie C. Snell-Rood

My lab studies the evolution of behavioral and developmental plasticity, especially in the context of anthropogenic change.

Peter W. Sorensen

Marla Spivak

We study mechanisms of honey bee social immunity, incorporating molecular, cellular, behavioral and ecological approaches to improve bee health.

David W. Stephens

Experimental and theoretical behavioral ecology especially the statistical determinants of behavioral plasticity and the evolution of non-human conventions.

Robert W. Sterner

My research concerns ecological stoichiometry, the balance of elements in ecological systems.

G. David Tilman

Peter Tiffin

Michael Travisano

Paul Venturelli

My group studies life history, temperature effects, and population dynamics in the context of fish management and conservation.

George Weiblen

The Weiblen lab studies plant and insect systematics, molecular phylogenetics, population genetics, ecology and coevolution.

Michael Wilson

Ya YangPlant systematics, evolutionary

Marlene Zuk

My lab studies sexual selection and mate choice, and we are especially interested in the ways that parasites and disease can affect those patterns.