Beth Reinke
Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5727
Organismal biology
Pigment physiology
Science communication
Courses Taught
General Biology II (BIO 202)
Design in Nature (BIO 302/ART 302)
Science Communication (BIO 315)
Ornithology (BIO 324)
Local Fauna (BIO 325)
Animal Behavior (BIO 415)
Research Interests
My research interests center around the evolution of animal coloration and the impact of color on animal physiology and senescence. My lab addresses questions like "What is the function of coloration?", "What are the non-signaling roles of pigments?" and "What explains the diversity of color in a particular animal group?" I also am an advocate for long-term field research projects, science communication, and combing art and science.

Keywords: coloration, evolutionary ecology, pigments, senescence, scicomm

Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College

B.A. in Zoology from Indiana University Bloomington

Selected Publications

Undergraduate students are underlined. 

Maki, Erik T., Georgina Jaimes, and Beth A. Reinke. Water turbidity and plant density influence painted turtle shell shape. Herpetologica 79(3). DOI:

Horn, Kelsey, Grascen Shidemantle, Isabela Velasquez, Emily Ronan, Jurnee Blackwood, Beth A. Reinke, and Jessica Hua. 2023. Evaluating the interactive effects of artificial light at night and background color on tadpole crypsis, background adaptation efficacy, and growth. Environmental Pollution (2023): 122056.

McKnight, Donald T….Paige BobanBeth A. Reinke…and 25 other authors. Nocturnal basking in freshwater turtles: a global assessment. 2023. Global Ecology and Conservation. DOI: 

Reinke, Beth A…. Bronikowski, A., and David Miller (+112 authors). Diverse aging rates in ectothermic tetrapods provide insights for the evolution of aging and longevity. 2022. Science 376 (6600): 1459-1466. DOI: 10.1126/science.abm0151

Reinke, Beth A., David Miller, and Fredric Janzen. 2019. What have long-term studies taught us about population dynamics? Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 50:11.1-11.18Invited. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-110218-024717. 


Additional Information

Read about Dr. Reinke's research with turtles and how you can adopt a turtle!

Room BBH 352F
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5727
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