James O’Dwyer, 183 Morrill Hall
Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology
Member, Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
Affiliate, 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

James O'Dwyer - professor, plant biology

Postdoctoral Researchers

Vandana Venkataswaran (183 Morrill Hall)

Ashish Bino George

Graduate Students

Shreya Arya (PhD student, Physics)

Alice Doucet Beaupré (PhD Student, PEEC, Office: 181 Morrill Hall)

Kenny Jops (MS Student, Plant Biology, 183 Morrill Hall)

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.

Nicholas Sutton (PhD Student, PEEC, 183 Morrill Hall)

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Broadly speaking I am interested in decision-making processes and the proximate causes of behavior. Specifically, I am interested in the behavioral ecology of ungulates and in the processes behind decisions made during predator-prey encounters (e.g. when to flee versus when to remain vigilant) as well as similar problems such as habitat and patch choice.

Current Undergraduate Students

Yifan Zhang
Dianzhuo (John) Wang

Lab Graduate Student and Postdoc Alumni

Stacey Butler (PhD Student 2014–2018) -> Postdoc -> Industry

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

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)