College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Population, Community, & Ecosystem Ecology

Dean Adams

Comparative evolutionary biology; micro- and macroevolutionary morphology; theory and analytical methods in evolution; herpetology; morphometrics.

Lori Biederman

Plant-soil interactions, community ecology, restoration, plant population dynamics, conservation, agroecosystems

Anne Bronikowski

Evolutionary genetics and population biology of life history variation in snakes. The evolution and persistence of senescence and the menopause in mammals.

William Clark

Population dynamics, landscape change, field ecology, statistics, simulation modeling.

William Crumpton

Biological processes mediating carbon and mineral transformations in streams and wetlands. Particular interest in the fate and effects of non-point source pollutants in streams and wetlands.

Brent Danielson

Effects of complex landscapes on the dynamics and structure of animal communities.

Diane Debinski

Current research includes studies of: 1)biogeographic analysis of species/habitat relationships using use of GIS and remotely sensed data, 2) restoration of prairie communities, 3) habitat fragmentation in agroecosystems, and 4) global climate change.

John Downing

Limnology, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, restoration ecology, landscape ecology and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. Watershed studies analyze the influence of the chemical and physical characteristics of aquatic ecosystems on phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos and fish. Conservation studies emphasize freshwater mussels.

Stanley Harpole

Community Ecology, species diversity, biodiversity theory, mathematical and statistical modeling

Kirsten Hofmockel Microbial ecology with an emphasis on carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems; mechanisms driving decomposition and nutrient cycling responses to climate change; biogeochemistry, plant microbe interactions.
Matthew Hufford

Evolutionary and ecological genomics of crops and their wild relatives. Local adaptation, gene flow and introgression, selection during domestication and subsequent crop diffusion.

Fred Janzen

Molecular and experimental evolutionary ecology, primarily of reptiles; the relative impact of environmental and genetic factors on variation in, and evolution of, adaptive physiological traits like sex-determining mechanisms; the genetic structure of, and relationships among, individuals, populations, and higher taxa.

Kirk Moloney

Research interests include the spatial dynamics of ecological systems; relationships between ecological pattern and process; disturbance ecology; ecology of invasions; and the application of ecological knowledge in the process of restoration.

John Nason

Population and conservation genetics of plants and their associated insect herbivores and pollinators. Topics of particular interest include the reproductive dynamics, genetic structuring, and phylogeography of obligate pollination mutualisms (e.g., figs and fig wasps), as well as the reproductive and genetic consequences of habitat fragmentation in animal dispersed plant species, especially tropical trees.

John Pleasants

Pollination ecology, effects of GMO plants on native insect species and potential for gene flow between GMO plants and native plants.

James Raich

Terrestrial ecosystems ecology; plant-soil-atmosphere carbon exchanges; nutrient cycling; human and environmental controls over ecosystem processes within forests, grasslands, and agricultural landscapes.

Kevin Roe Conservation genetics, systematics, and evolution of freshwater organisms. Relationships between unionid mussels and their host fishes. Patterns of coevolution using molecular tools. Role historical processes play in the distribution of species.

Nicole Valenzuela

Ecological and Evolutionary genomics of phenotypic plasticity, developmental pathways, and sex determination. Life history evolution, conservation and ecological genetics of turtles.

Brian Wilsey

The ecology and restoration of grasslands, especially the effects of disturbance and species diversity on community and ecosystem processes such as primary productivity, CO2 uptake and storage (an important component of global change), and herbivore consumption.