In the News

  • Dr. Jennifer Koop, Dr. Olivier Devergne, and Dr. Barrie Bode will be hosting a one-hour virtual workshop on how to apply to graduate school in Biology on Monday, April 26 at 3 p.m. via Zoom
  • The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee in the department of Biological Sciences recently created a new webpage to describe our ongoing efforts to make our department more inclusive.
  • Undergraduate Kaylee Rosenberger won best research poster at the 2020 Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC).
  • Graduate student Andrew Dreelin got an honorable mention from NSF GRFP program.
  • Postdoc John Vanek recently had two natural history notes accepted for publication in Herpetological Review and The Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society. In addition, he was author #46 of a 156 Data Paper accepted into Ecology (Snapshot USA 2019: the first coordinated national camera trap survey of the United States.")
  • Graduate student Ryan Morris successfully defended his master's thesis.
  • Huge congratulations to the recipients for the 2021 Biology Undergraduate Scholarships and awards! Thank you to all the applicants for taking the time to submit their nominations. The awards will be given out at the virtual Departmental Honors Convocation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.
    • Deans Award - Nicholas Cirone
    • Harvey A Feyerherm Award - Joseph Austin
    • Jerrold H. Zar Endowed Scholarship in Biology - Rebecca Brnot
    • Patricia Vary Scholarship in Biological Sciences - Meagan Paramo
    • Alumni Scholarship in Biological Sciences - Alexander Finney, Deep Patel
    • Amanda Mangold Scholarship - Sakina Shabbir
    • David and Karen Nargis Student Scholarship in Biology - Abigail Austin, Matthew Ramlow
    • August M Gorenz, Ph.D. Scholarship Fund - Chiedu Okonmah, Prem Patel, Alexis Quemeneur
  • A paper entitled “Blanding's Turtle Demography and Population Viability” by Dr. Rich King, graduate student Callie Golba, and collaborator Gary Glowacki has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Biology. In this paper, the authors use 15 years of field monitoring data to evaluate extinction risk in Blanding's turtle, a state endangered species under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for possible federal listing.
  • The Biology Graduate Student Association received a very generous (anonymous) donation that allows us to purchase thank you gifts for all undergrads, grads and post-docs that participated in the chair search!
  • Current and former members of Holly Jones' Evidence-based Restoration lab recently had a meta-analysis accepted for publication in Biological Invasions entitled "Assessing changes to ecosystem structure and function following invasion by Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis: A meta-analysis," lead by graduate student Christy N. Wails.
  • Graduate student Wieteke Holthuijzen is one of this year's recipients of NIU's outstanding women and gender advocacy awards.
  • Daniel Olson, human anatomical sciences clinical associate professor, was recognized by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) and presented with a Certificate of Excellence in Online Teaching. He is also an invited panelist, within the Equity and Inclusion session, for the upcoming NIU Online Teaching Symposium to be held May 24-26 and sponsored by CITL.
  • Dr. Rich King was awarded a sweet State Wildlife Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources totaling $259,000 over the next three years for Illinois Blanding's Turtle Recovery Planning and Implementation.
  • Drs. Pallavi Singh and Jennifer Koop were both awarded 2021 Research and Artistry grants by the NIU Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships.


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