Kent Laboratory University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Kent is currently accepting students through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology.

Graduate research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available for well-qualified candidates in either program.

Prospective graduate students should contact Dr. Kent to discuss potential research projects and to set up an interview.

A graduate research assistantship is available beginning summer or fall of 2008 to participate in the research that investigates the contribution of nitrogen-fixing bacterial endophytes to the sustainability of bioenergy crops. The proposed research is part of a large bioenergy research initiative at the University of Illinois. This work aims to identify and characterize diazotrophs that colonize potential bioenergy crops, to determine the magnitude of their contribution to plant N requirements, and to examine the ecological factors that influence the colonization and activity of nitrogen-fixing endophytes.


The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary department that offers research and training in natural resource conservation and management, applied ecology, and environmental sciences at scales ranging from molecular to the landscape level. The broad research and teaching interests represented by the NRES faculty offer many opportunities for students to customize their graduate studies. Graduate students in NRES generally address applied research questions.

Students may find more information about graduate studies in the Department of NRES here.
Information about admission to the Department of NRES may be found here.


The Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at UIUC is an interdisciplinary graduate program that prepares students for research and teaching careers in the areas of ecology and evolutionary biology. The PEEC faculty and students have established a vigorous and dynamic research community that is recognized as one of the best Evolution and Ecology programs in the nation. Graduate students in the PEEC program are interested in both basic and applied research questions.

Additional information about the PEEC program at UIUC may be found on the PEEC homepage.
Information about admission to the PEEC program may be found here.