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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 2017 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.



Frank Albert
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

I study the genetic basis and evolution of variation in gene expression, cell biology, and fitness.

David Andow
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

Ecology and management of arthropods in human dominated ecosystems

F. Keith Barker
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

Mark Bee
 *Accepting students, Fall 2017

My lab studies the mechanisms and evolution of acoustic communication.

Ran Blekhman
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

My lab uses genomics to study the evolution of symbiosis between humans and their microbiome.

Elizabeth Borer
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

I study the effects of environmental change on communities.  I am currently looking for a student to work in a collaborative group using empirical and theoretical approaches to study vector movement behavior and pathogen dynamics in communities of pathogens.

Mark Borrello

Yaniv Brandvain
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

Kathryn Bushley

Jeannine Cavender-Bares
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

I study plant physiological ecology and evolutionary ecology. I am currently using remotely sensed hyperspectral data to detect plant biodiversity and examine ecological processes above and below ground.

James B. Cotner

Meggan Craft
 *Accepting students, Fall 2017

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
 *Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

James D. Forester
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

David L. Fox

Lee E. Frelich

Susan M. Galatowitsch

Emma Goldberg
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

Jeff Gralnick

Jessica Gutknecht
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

WIlliam Harcombe
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

We do experimental evolutionary ecology of microbial systems.

George Heimpel
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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
 *Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

Susan D. Jones

Peter Kennedy

Linda L. Kinkel
 *Accepting students, Fall 2017


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
 *Accepting students, Fall 2017

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
*Accepting students, Fall 2017 

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
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

Emilie C. Snell-Rood
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

Peter W. Sorensen

Marla Spivak
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

David W. Stephens
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

Robert W. Sterner
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

G. David Tilman

Peter Tiffin

Michael Travisano

Paul Venturelli
*Accepting students, Fall 2017 

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

Ya Yang

Plant systematics, Evolutionary

George Weiblen
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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

Michael Wilson

Robert M. Zink

Marlene Zuk
*Accepting students, Fall 2017

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