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MS and PhD Graduate student positions 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 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs starting Fall 2024. 
 
Research interests among the faculty are diverse and include community ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, behavioral ecology, and microbial ecology.  
 
EEBC faculty that are taking graduate students for Fall 2024 are: 
 
-Michael W. Henson: Combining lab-based experiments and -omic approaches to explore Earth’s First Responder¨Research topics: Aquatic Microbiology; Microbial genomics; Microbial Physiology; Molecular Biology; Microbial Ecology; Computation Biology 
https://www.theaquaticmicrobiologylab.com/ 
 
-Holly P. Jones, restoration ecology and conservation biology: https://hjones82.wixsite.com/website 
 
 -Jennifer A.H. Koop, ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions;invasion biology: https://jenniferkoop.weebly.com/ 
 
-Karen E. Samonds, paleontology, skeletal biology and paleobiogeography: http://www.sadabe.org/Samonds/Index.html 
 
 
Details of the graduate program and application process are available at  https://www.niu.edu/clas/biology/academics/graduate-studies/index.shtml The department offers teaching assistantships including stipend and tuition waiver, on a competitive basis.  The deadline for application materials is January 1, 2024. 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 ~16,000-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, Nachusa Grasslands, Morton Arboretum, Â Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, the NIU Lorado Taft campus, and numerous local county forest preserves and state parks.