Multiple Graduate (MS and PhD) opportunities at Northern Illinois University

FW by Andy Wilson

M.S. and Ph.D. opportunities at Northern Illinois University

The Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University are seeking applicants to the department’s M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Research interests among the faculty are diverse and include community ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, plant phylogenetics, behavioral ecology, microbial ecology, and bioinformatics. The EEBC faculty includes:

-Nicholas A. Barber, plant-insect interactions, community ecology, and restoration ecology:

-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:

-Yanbin Yin, bioinformatics and evolutionary genomics:

Details of the graduate program and application process are available at The department offers teaching assistantships that include 12 months of stipend support and tuition waiver.
The deadline for application materials is January 1, 2016. However, prospective students should contact potential faculty advisors well in advance of applying to discuss research interests and relevant qualifications.

Northern Illinois University is a 20,000-student research university situated an hour from downtown Chicago in DeKalb, Illinois, a diverse community of 50,000 with a low cost of living. Regional research resources include The Field Museum, Burpee Museum of Natural History, TNC’s Nachusa Grasslands, Morton Arboretum, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, NIU’s Lorado Taft campus, and numerous local county forest preserves and state parks.


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