About

I am an assistant professor of biology at Eureka College; a small (but spunky!) liberal arts college in the midwest. I have started three research projects while in my current position, even with a 4-4 teaching load. My teaching revolves around animal systems and natural sciences: zoology, animal behavior, ecology, physiology, those sorts of things (see my Teaching page for more info). I have also branched out into teaching freshman seminar topics, including Environmental Racism. I have discovered my passion for teaching while at Eureka, but I remain strongly motivated to research questions regarding animal behavior, population genetics, and ecosystem connectivity.

Previous research projects include investigating coyote mating and social systems with genetics (Masters at Ohio State), and detecting the impacts of interstate highways on gene flow of six common terrestrial mammals in Indiana (PhD at Purdue). Please see my publications page for further information.

My full name is Cecilia Hennessy LaBonte (or LaBonté, for correct pronunciation), but because I had already published a few papers under my original name (Cecilia Hennessy), I decided to use that moving forward as my academic moniker. Also, it could help distinguish my husband from myself, should we end up in the same department together in the future (“Hi, I’m looking for Dr. LaBonte?” “Sure, which one?”).

I took a course on population genetics at the  Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica in 2011, and I was lucky enough to join up with some bird banders that were doing research in a coffee plantation.

I took a course on population genetics at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica in 2011, and I was lucky enough to join up with some bird banders that were doing research in a coffee plantation.

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