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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Systematics, Biodiversity, & Biogeography

Lori Biederman

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

Lynn Clark

Systematics, morphology, and evolution of grasses, in particular the woody bamboos.

Jim Colbert

Diversity and distribution of Iowa lichens

 

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.

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.

Dennis Lavrov

Molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and comparative genomics; use of gene order data for the analysis of ancient relationships; evolution of animal mitochondrial DNA with a special emphasis on arthopods and sponges; bioinformatics.

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.

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.

Jeanne Serb

Molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and evolution of developmental pathways; identification of genetic and environmental factors involved in complex trait evolution, with an emphasis on eyes and life history in molluscs.

Robert Wallace

Plant phylogeny reconstruction, in particular for succulent plant groups including Cactaceae, Aizoaceae, and other families in Order Caryophyllales (Centorspermae); molecular systematics and its use in studying the evolution, adaptation, and biogeography of plants.

Jonathan Wendel

Evolutionary divergence between populations and species, speciation mechanisms, and molecular evolution.

Brian Wilsey

Interests are on 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.