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Dr. James M Novak, Associate Professor

Office: 1162 - Life Sciences
Phone: 217-581-6385

Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 1pm -2pm, Tuesdays 12pm -1pm, Fridays 11am -12pm
                    Course Information                                                Days & Time          Location
BIO 3850-001 Environmental Biology                          M W F 9am -9:50am       2140
BIO 3850-001 LAB                                                                    T 9am -11:50am         3071
BIO 2002G-001 Environmental Lfe Sciences              M W F 10am -10:50am  2140
BIO 4750-001 Statistical Analysis of Scientific Data  M W 12pm -12:50pm    1130
BIO 4750-001 LAB                                                                    F 12pm -1:50pm         1130

Dr. Novak's primary research interests are in the field of ecological genetics. He uses wildlife species as his focal organisms for study. Since ecological genetics involves the interaction of organisms with their environment he also utilizes the effects of anthropogenic stressors to look at genotoxic effects on wildlife populations. Currently he is working on the evolution of organismal form (size, shape and symmetry) and the use of form components as tools for the management of wildlife populations and as effects biomarkers in ecotoxicological studies.  

Students wishing to work with Dr. Novak should either have, or have a desire to develop, skills in statistical analysis and population or quantitative genetics and the desire to learn the application of genetic techniques, such as DNA strand breakage assays, to problems in ecotoxicology.

Selected Publications

Is the LCP Superfund Site an Ecological Trap? A Case Study Using the Clapper Rail. 2007.

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Dept. of Biological Sciences

Life Sciences Building - 2070 600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-7141

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