Meet the Faculty

Cecilia Hennessy

Cecilia Hennessy

Assistant Professor - Biology

Contact Details


PhD, Wildlife Science, Purdue University, 2012
MSc, Wildlife Management, The Ohio State University, 2007
BSc, Biology, German minor, University of Cincinnati, 2002

Science & Mathematics

Sanders 301

Contact me for…

  • Research ideas
  • Help with biological topics
  • To help identify a weird animal you’ve found

Research Interests:

I am very interested in research that explores the natural world and the animal species that live within it. My publications revolve around topics of population genetics, animal behavior, urban ecology, and road ecology. I am in the beginning stages of starting a research program in central Illinois; stay tuned!

Teaching Interests:

My current courses include Introduction to Zoology, Evolution for Everyone, Animal Behavior, and Biodiversity Conservation. I have also taught human anatomy labs and introductory biology labs. I am interested in developing a field biology course.

Professional Activity:

Fulbright Scholar 2002-2003. Member of The Wildlife Society, American Society of Mammalogists, and Sigma Xi. I have reviewed manuscripts for Journal of Wildlife Management, Ethology, Mammalian Biology, Southwestern Naturalist, Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, and Basic and Applied Ecology.

Community Engagement:

Serving on the Sustainability Committee.

Uniquely Eureka Experience:

The community at Eureka is amazing. Everyone is very supportive and engaged. The personal connectedness is a huge benefit.


I love getting outdoors, doing science, and doing science in the outdoors. I also love spending time with my family, and going to the theater, especially to the opera!