- NIU Department of Biological Sciences
- Graduate Studies
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior & Conservation Program
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior & Conservation Program
The Ecology, Evolution, Behavior & Conservation (EECB) Program includes faculty who research a wide variety of topics and contribute to diverse areas of the biology curriculum. Research laboratories investigate how organisms interact and relate to their environment, how evolution shapes these organisms through time, and how human activities affect biodiversity. Many of our research programs seek to identify strategies to reduce negative impacts on biodiversity through a deeper understanding of organisms and the ecosystems they inhabit. Students can learn the skills necessary to pursue a career in wildlife management, natural resource management and education, ecosystem restoration, or to enter graduate programs.
The EECB area awards The Dennis Larsen Memorial Scholarship to an outstanding undergraduate with interests in ecological research. Several faculty are also associated with the interdisciplinary NIU Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy.
EECB faculty and their research interests:
- Nicholas A. Barber, community ecology, restoration ecology, and plant-insect interactions
- Neil W. Blackstone, invertebrate evolutionary biology
- Melvin R. Duvall, plant phylogenomics
- Holly P. Jones, restoration ecology and conservation biology
- Bethia H. King, behavioral ecology, entomology
- Richard B. King, herpetology, evolution and conservation
- Virginia L. Naples, comparative morphology and vertebrate paleontology
- Karen E. Samonds, paleontology and paleobiogeography
- Wesley D. Swingley, microbial ecology