I am a professor of evolutionary ecology in the Department of Animal Biology, and hold affiliate appointments in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Illinois Natural History Survey and I am a founding member of the Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
My research interests are broad, spanning the range from the molecular to the interactions of organisms, with a strong evolutionary perspective. A major emphasis is molecular genetic mechanisms that mediate ecological interactions, with particular interest in plant-herbivore interactions.
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elected 2007
Fellow, Sigma Xi, Elected 1980
Arnold O. Beckman Award for Innovation 2009
Appointed Editor-in-Chief, Conservation Biology, 2012
Editorial Board, Conservation Biology, 1998-present
Editorial Board, Ecology/Ecological Monographs, 2015-2017