Eila Roberts is the Director of Zoo and Aquarium Science in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University. Her role includes teaching, advising, administration, and curriculum development. She received her Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan where she studied female reproductive behavior in wild gelada monkeys. She also holds a MS in Resource Ecology Management with a concentration in Conservation Biology and a BS in Biopsychology.
After a postdoc with Arizona State University spent studying baboons in Ethiopia and Kenya, Roberts joined the Department of Integrative Biology at MSU. Since her arrival, she has become increasingly engaged in curriculum development; participating in a major curriculum review as well as designing or redesigning courses that focus on the first-year experience and experiential opportunities. Roberts now wants to expand her work in curriculum development to use the student experience, industry needs, and faculty expertise to inform curricular change. To this end, Roberts will spend her year as a Lilly Fellow focusing on how to effectively update curricula for all stakeholders