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  Cheryl Heinz, Ph.D.

   Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, Biology

BenU faculty since 2004
Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona (2002-2004)
PhD, Cornell University (2002)
BS, University of Illinois (1993)

Courses Previously Taught
Ecology, Ecology Lab, Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Animal Behavior, Principles of Organismal Biology, Insect Biology

Awards and Recognitions
Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence by Fulltime Faculty 2012

Research Area
Plant-insect interactions, behavioral and chemical ecology, butterflies and other insects

Past Reasearch Projects

  • Ecological field work including surveys and samples of plants and butterflies in the local area. Behavioral observations on the host-plant choices of the black swallowtail butterfly. Physiological plant ecology of native prairie plants. Preference and performance assays with caterpillars and moths, continuing a study to look at the effects of plant nutrient status with these insect behaviors.

China Pollination Project

For information about the China Pollination Project

Cheryl Heinz, Ph.D.

Goodwin Hall 367 | 630-829-6581


Yvonne Kumon
Assistant to the Associate Dean
(630) 829-6084

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Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Science & Health
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Tonia Rucker
Senior Assistant to the Dean
(630) 829-6187

Elizabeth Ritt, Ed.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Dean, Science & Health
(630) 829-1933