MS and PhD graduate opportunities, 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 starting

fall 2018.=20


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, community ecology, restoration ecology, and

plant-insect interactions:

-Neil W. Blackstone, ecophysiology of corals and their relatives,

evolutionary conflict and conflict mediation:

-Holly P. Jones, restoration ecology and conservation biology:

-Bethia H. King, entomology (basic biology, especially behavior, and

applied), behavioral ecology:

-Richard B. King, herpetology, ecology, conservation biology:

-Virginia L. Naples, comparative morphology and vertebrate paleontology:

-Karen E. Samonds, paleontology, skeletal biology and paleobiogeography:

-Wesley D. Swingley, environmental microbiology, extreme ecosystems, and


-Yanbin Yin, plant and microbial bioinformatics, genome biology and

evolutionary genomics

Details of the graduate program and application process are available at  The

department offers teaching assistantships including stipend and tuition

waiver, on a competitive basis.  The deadline for application materials is

January 1, 2018.  However, prospective students should contact potential

faculty advisors well in advance of applying to discuss research interests

and relevant qualifications.=20

Northern Illinois University is a 18,000-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=92s Nachusa

Grasslands, Morton Arboretum, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, NIU=92s

Lorado Taft campus, and numerous local county forest preserves and state parks.