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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

Research Strengths


Indiana University’s Evolution, Ecology and Behavior program offers training in the ecology of populations, communities and ecosystems, as well as the bridge disciplines of evolutionary ecology, ecological genetics, behavior ecology, microbial ecology, and biogeochemistry. We have particular strengths in the ecology and evolution of species interactions, including the dynamics of diseases and mutualisms, consumer-resource interactions, and the role of microbes in community structure and terrestrial ecosystem function. Students and faculty develop basic ecological theory (mathematical, statistical, and conceptual) and test theoretical predictions, using experiments in the lab and field, and observations of natural systems. Moreover, our students and faculty apply basic ecological principles to anthropogenic problems such as species invasions, restoration ecology, global change biology, epidemiology, and ecotoxicology. Our students and faculty work in woodlands, prairies, ponds and lakes, with access to the nearby Research and Teaching Preserve. We also enjoy access to extensive environmental chambers and greenhouse facilities to conduct experiments, and we regularly tap into the tremendous molecular resources of our department.

Prospective students please note:  Emeritus faculty generally do not accept new graduate students.

Faculty Member Contact Description
Thumbnail photo for Farrah Bashey-Visser Farrah Bashey-Visser
Assistant Scientist

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
fbasheyv [at]
Sycamore Hall 039
Evolutionary ecology of life-history and social strategies, evolution of virulence.
Thumbnail photo for James Bever James Bever
Professor of Biology

jbever [at]

Ecology and evolution of plants and fungi.
Thumbnail photo for Keith Clay Keith Clay
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
clay [at]
JH 159B / JH 159 (lab)
Microbial interactions: ecology, symbiosis, disease.
Thumbnail photo for Lynda Delph Lynda Delph
Professor of Biology; Evolution, Ecology & Behavior Section Associate Chair

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
ldelph [at]
JH 119B / JH 116/121 (lab)
Evolutionary genetics and ecology; plant reproductive biology.
Thumbnail photo for Greg Demas Greg Demas
Professor, Associate Chair for Research

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
gdemas [at]
JH 265 / JH 267 (lab)
Behavioral endocrinology; neuroendocrine-immune interactions; aggression; biological rhythms; seasonality.
Thumbnail photo for Spencer Hall Spencer Hall
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
sprhall [at]
JH 239B/239(Lab)
Ecology of infectious disease and food web interactions in freshwater environments.
Thumbnail photo for Ellen Ketterson Ellen Ketterson
Distinguished Professor of Biology and Gender Studies

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
ketterso [at]
JH 033
Behavioral, physiological, and evolutionary ecology; hormones and behavior; avian biology, mating systems and parental care; physiological basis of trade-offs in life histories; adaptation and constraint; avian migration.
Thumbnail photo for Jay T. Lennon Jay T. Lennon
Associate Professor

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lennonj [at]
856-0962 / 6-7235 (lab)
JH 261B / JH 261 (lab)
Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Thumbnail photo for Curt Lively Curt Lively
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
clively [at]
JH 117B / JH 116/117 (lab)
Evolution and coevolution; sex, virulence and genetic diversity in host-parasite interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Vicky Meretsky Vicky Meretsky
Adjunct Professor of Biology, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Affiliate Professor of Law

meretsky [at]
SPEA 455
A conservation biologist with research interests at both the single species and landscape scales.
Thumbnail photo for Leonie Moyle Leonie Moyle
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lmoyle [at]
JH 325C / JH 325 (lab)
Genetics of speciation and adaptation, Comparative genomics, Evolutionary ecology, Plant reproduction.
Thumbnail photo for Ronald Pearson Ronald Pearson
Research Associate/Raff Lab

rolepear [at]
Microbial ecology, evolution and behavior.
Thumbnail photo for Richard Phillips Richard Phillips
Associate Professor of Biology, Director of Research (RTP)

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
rpp6 [at]
Jordan Hall 247
Ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry: Consequences of human-accelerated environmental change on plant-soil-microbial Interactions.
Thumbnail photo for P. David Polly P. David Polly
Adjunct: Professor of Geological Sciences

pdpolly [at]
Geology Building, 513
Vertebrate paleontology, comparative morphological variation at the level of the metapopulation, and the effects of Quaternary climate change on vertebrate faunas.
Thumbnail photo for Heather Reynolds Heather Reynolds
Associate Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
hlreynol [at]
JH 155A
Plant community ecology; plant-soil-microbial interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Loren Rieseberg Loren Rieseberg
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lriesebe [at]
unlisted phone
MY 330
Plant evolutionary genomics; speciation; domestication; invasiveness; Compositae genomics; conservation.
Thumbnail photo for  Kimberly Rosvall Kimberly Rosvall
Assistant Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
krosvall [at]
Ofc: JH A318A, Lab: JH A318
Evolution of behavior; neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavior; physiological mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity and adaptation; sexual selection; behavioral genomics; behavioral ecology
Thumbnail photo for Maxine Watson Maxine Watson
Professor Emerita of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
watsonm [at]
855-5591 / 855-7804 (lab)
JH A303 / JHA302C (lab)
Plant developmental ecology.
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