James O’Dwyer, 179 Morrill Hall
Associate Head and Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology
Member, Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
Faculty Fellow, Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Hrdy Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Associate Member, Illinois Center for Advanced Study
Simons Foundation Investigator in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems
McDonnell Foundation Complexity Scholar

Postdoctoral Researchers

Vandana Venkataswaran

Ashish Bino George

Graduate Students

Shreya Arya (PhD student, Physics)

Kenny Jops (PhD Student, Plant Biology)

My background is in pure mathematics and demographic models for prairie plants. My research interests include the mechanisms of competition and coexistence in plant communities. Currently, my work focuses on the effects of variation in life history strategies among perennial plants and its relation to competitive interactions.

Visiting Researchers

Zachary Miller (PhD candidate, University of Chicago)

Current Undergraduate Students

Yifan Zhang
Yichao Guan

Lab Graduate Student and Postdoc Alumni

Nicholas Sutton (PhD 2022) -> Postdoc (U Nebraska, Lincoln)

Alice Doucet Beaupré (PhD 2021) -> Postdoc (UQAM)

Stacey Butler (PhD 2018) -> Postdoc (UIUC) -> Industry (IT)

Mario Muscarella (Postdoc, 2016-2019) -> UQAM (Fellowship) -> University of Alaska Fairbanks (Faculty)

Rafael D’Andrea (Postdoc, 2016-2020) -> Stony Brook University (Faculty)

Lab Undergraduate Alumni

Dianzhuo (John) Wang (2019-2020)

Euphy Wu (undergraduate research, 2017-2018)

Belen Muniz (undergraduate research, 2016)

Zachary Cohen (undergraduate researcher, 2015-2017

Ehitare Emuze (undergraduate researcher 2014)

Arturo Chaidez (undergraduate researcher 2014)

Vanessa Chen (undergraduate researcher 2014)

Ankit Patel (undergraduate researcher 2013-2014)