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Welcome to the Bowden Lab at Illinois State University!

Research Interests:

  • Maternal resource provisioning to offspring
  • Sex determination (particularly temperature-dependent sex determination)
  • Effects of steroids and steroid mimics on development
  • Immune function in reptiles

 Teaching Interest​s:

  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Ecological Physiology of Animals
  • Rainforest Ecology

Positions, Education & Training

2020-Present: Director, School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University

2017-Present: Distinguished Professor of Ecological Physiology, Illinois State University

2013-2017: Professor of Ecological Physiology, Illinois State University

2009-2013: Associate Professor of Ecological Physiology, Illinois State University

2003-2009 Assistant Professor of Ecological Physiology, Illinois State University  

2002-2003 Affiliate Assistant Professor, Iowa State University 

2001-2003 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University 

1994-2001 Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Indiana University-Bloomington

1990-1994 B.A. (cum laude), Environmental, Population & Organismal Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder​


2021-2026 National Science Foundation, IOS in collaboration with Ryan Paitz (ISU)

2018-2021 National Institutes of Health, NIAID in collaboration with Laura Vogel (ISU)

2014-2017 National Institutes of Health, NIEHS in collaboration with Ryan Paitz (ISU)

2010-2013 National Science Foundation, IOS

2008-2011 National Science Foundation, IOS in collaboration with Laura Vogel (ISU)

2008 National Science Foundation, Conference Support in collaboration with Matt Lovern (OSU)

2002-2006 National Science Foundation, IOS (co-PI)​


2013 Outstanding University Researcher Award, ISU

2012 Outstanding College Researcher Award, ISU

2007 University Research Initiative Award, ISU

2007 University Teaching Initiative​ Award, ISU​

Contact Me

Rachel M. Bowden
School of Biological Sciences
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4120

Phone: (309) 438-3834
Email Me:​

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