James M Novak

Associate Professor
Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
College of Arts & Sciences

Office Hours

COAS 401.10 Varies By Semester

Areas of Expertise

Data Analytics


Ecological Genetics


James M Novak

Dr. Novak has been a data analyst and ecological geneticist for 37 years, primarily analyzing bioinformatics and field data from a wide variety of taxa, from microbes to mammals, to answer scientific questions in both ecology and genetics. As a research scientist in ecological genetics he has been intimately involved in research design and data collection from both a discipline specific as well as a statistical viewpoint. This research has involved field and laboratory-based experiments along with the concomitant experimental design, field surveys and their attendant sampling protocols, data mining and various bioinformatics studies. This includes the largest and longest radiological body burden dataset for a vertebrate (42413 cases spanning 51 years), one of the first papers to describe increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, one of the first papers to address the ecological dynamics of glyphosate and atrazine in an aquatic ecosystem and participation in the first scientific research group from the United States to collect samples from the Chornobyl exclusion zone. I am currently in charge of The Omics Lab for Health and Human Performance.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, University of Georgia
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Forestry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • BIO 440: Clinical Rotation
  • BIO 121: Foundations of Biology II
  • BIO 215: Genetics
  • BIO 215L: Genetics Laboratory
  • BIO 210: Research
  • BIO 410: Research
  • BIO 310: Research
  • PSY 312: Research Analys in Psychology
  • HFS 610: Research Design & Analysis II
  • PSY 312L: Rsrch Analysis Psychology Lab
  • BIO 340: Survey of Clinical Instrument

BIO 121 - Introductory Biology II

BIO 215 - Genetics

PSY 312 - Research Analysis in Psychology

HFS 610 - Research Design and Analysis II

HFS 675 - Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction

HFS 705 - Small n Designs and Non-Parametric Statistics

Associate Professor, Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2017 – Present)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2016 – 2017)

Interim Associate Dean, College of Sciences, Eastern Illinois University (2014 – 2015)

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Eastern Illinois University (2011 – 2016)

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Eastern Illinois University (2006 – 2011)