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Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences


Frank E. Anderson

Professor and Director, School of Biological Sciences

Frank Anderson

Office: 1016 Life Science III
Phone: 618-453-4132

My primary research interests are invertebrate phylogeny and phylogeography. I am primarily interested in the extremes of the molluscan and annelidan radiations. While most mollusks are rather sedentary aquatic animals, some (cephalopods) are active, swimming predators with an array of spectacular full profile >>

Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau

Assistant Professor

Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau

Office: LSII 253

Phone: 618-453-6946


I'm an ecologist interested in understanding the drivers of spatial behavioral processes such as movement and habitat selection. I’m also interested in determining how these processes scale up to affect the demography and distribution of multiple sympatric full profile >>

Justin Boyles

Associate Professor


Office: LSII 253B
Phone: 618-453-6945

Much of my basic research focuses on the optimal expression of body temperature (i.e. thermoregulation) under varying ecological conditions as well as the evolutionary history that has led to the patterns of thermoregulation we see today. I use a multitude of approaches including non-manipulative full profile >>

Marjorie Brooks

Associate Professor


Office: 317, Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-7639


I am interested in testing how multiple human stressors affect aquatic communities, and how we can alleviate those stressors so organisms and ecosystems can adapt to climate change. I also investigate the some fundamental aspects of the biogeochemistry of microbial communities meaning that I study a full profile >>

Jason L. Brown

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies


Office: 254 Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-4112

The overarching goal of my research is to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the interplay between spatial, genetic, ecological, and evolutionary processes.  I integrate theoretical perspectives on evolution, ecology, and population genetics with geospatial, field-based, and full profile >>

Michael W. Eichholz



Office: 252 Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-6951

Dr. Eichholz is a waterfowl/wetland ecologist in the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Assistant Professor in the Zoology Program, Southern Illinois University. His past and current research involves studies addressing the importance of nutrient reserves to clutch size and incubation full profile >>

James E. Garvey



Office: 173A Life Science II
Phone: 618-536-7761

Many investigators have assumed that the bioenergetics of ectotherms respond similarly to conditions along environmental gradients. My colleagues and I have been challenging this view, finding that energetic adaptations can influence growth and behavior of fish along broad latitudinal gradients. full profile >>

Edward J. Heist



Office: 1019 Life Science III
Phone: 618-453-4131

Education Ph.D., College of William and Mary Courses taught Courses Taught:  Zool 385 (Marine Biology), Zool 579 (Molecular Genetics Techniques), Zool 584 (Conservation Genetics), Zool 510 (Evolution). Areas of interest Conservation Genetics, Population Genetics, Fish Molecular full profile >>

Kamal M. Ibrahim

Associate Professor


Office: 1014 Life Science III
Phone: 618-453-4132 / 618-453-4120

I am interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics of genes in natural populations. My current research focuses on the conservation genetics and molecular systematics of the fauna of the Horn of Africa with emphasis on ungulates (along the Red Sea coast), mosquitoes (northern Sudan), and termites full profile >>

F. Agustin Jimenez

Associate Professor


Office: 355C Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-5540


My research interest focuses on the historical relationships among nematodes and their mammalian hosts across the neotropics. I dissect the macroevolutionary histories of both mammals and parasites to identify the processes that resulted in faunistic diversification in the New World. In my lab we full profile >>

Karolina Kwasek

Associate Professor

Karolina Kwasek

Office: 175 Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-2890

My main research goal is to obtain better understanding of nutritional physiology of fish, particularly in their early ontogeny. More specifically, I am interested in how different forms of dietary amino acids affect fish larvae, development, health, intestinal transport, and hormonal regulation. In full profile >>

James R. Lovvorn



Office:445 Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-4127

My group seeks to understand linkages between mobile top predators (birds) and aquatic food webs. We use simulation models to link field and laboratory studies of the foraging energetics of birds with the quality and dispersion of prey, and to predict prey availability as a function of food web full profile >>

Michael J. Lydy



Office: 179 Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-4091

Visit the Aquatic Toxicology Lab

My areas of research interest include evaluating the effects of chemical mixtures, developing a basic understanding of the chemical and biological factors affecting toxicity, bioavailability and bioaccumulation, remediation of contaminated sites and evaluating the effectiveness of Best Management full profile >>

Charlotte Narr

Assistant Professor

Charlotte Narr

Office: LSII 326

Phone: 618-453-4109


My research examines the causes and consequences of patterns in freshwater nutrient availability. Drawing from the fields of ecological stoichiometry, biogeochemistry, and disease ecology, I examine how traits of organisms respond to and shape the nutrient dynamics around them. Parasites are full profile >>

Margaret N. Nsofor

Professor of Practice


Office: 355B Science II 
Phone: 618-453-4142


Education Ph.D., Mississippi State University Courses taught ZOOL 115 (General Biology), ZOOL 118 (Principles of Animal Biology), BIOL 200a (Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Evolution), BIOL 305 (Principles of Genetics), ZOOL 482 (Zoology Seminar for Seniors) Areas of full profile >>

John D. Reeve

Associate Professor


Office: 355F Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-6670

My research has focused on predator-prey systems, including the origin of cycles in these systems and how dispersal affects their dynamics. I also have interests in population ecology, genetics, and quantitative ecology. Education Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara Courses taught ZOOL 557 full profile >>

Robin W. Warne



Office: 389 Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-4126

Research in the Warne Lab explores how animals maintain homeostasis in the face of ecological variation and disease dynamics. In amphibians, we explore how development, physiological performance, and disease are determined by gut microbiome interactions with host neuroendocrine function. We also test full profile >>

Gregory W. Whitledge



Office: 175 Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-6089

My research interests include applications of stable isotopes in fisheries and aquatic sciences, fish bioenergetics and trophic interactions, fish-habitat relationships, aquatic invasive species, and sport fisheries management.  Current and recent research projects in my lab include full profile >>