Faculty

Assistant Professor
Haworth Hall, Room 3002

Dr. Agusto's research work is focused on the use of mathematical and statistical modeling approaches to gain insight into the ecology and epidemiology of some emerging and re-emerging human and zoonotic disease of public health importance. 

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3221
7006 Haworth Hall
Dr. Alexander studies the ecology and evolution of plant-pathogen interactions; hybridization between crop and wild plants; and long-term demography of rare prairie plants.
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Assistant Curator, Biodiversity Institute
6012 Haworth Hall

Dr. Atkinson's research uses the fossil record to reconstruct macroevolutionary patterns and relationships of seed plants. He typically focuses on Mesozoic and early Cenozoic conifers and flowering plants; however, other plants are fair game.

 

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Director, Kansas Biological Survey
108B Higuchi Hall

Dr. Baer is considered an expert in grassland, soil and restoration ecology.  The Baer-lab studies above and belowground changes in structure (species and functional composition of plants and microbes) and function (primary productivity, nutrient cycling, and carbon sequestration) during ecological restoration in response to environmental heterogeneity, interannual variability in climate, and intraspecific variation in population sources of dominant species. Much of our research has focused on agroecosystems restored to tallgrass prairie. 

Senior Curator, Biodiversity Institute, Distinguished Foundation Professor
785-864-4185
Dyche Hall, Room 321B

Dr. Beard's research focuses on reconstructing the origin and early evolution of the order Primates and its major clades.  He is especially interested in documenting how changes in the Earth's physical environment have impacted the evolution of early primates and other mammals.

Distinguished Foundation Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Ph.D., Duke University, 1992
785-864-3514
Higuchi Hall

Dr. Bever's research focuses on testing basic ecological and evolutionary processes occurring within plants and their associated fungi.

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Ph.D., Duke University, 1998
785-864-1560
Higuchi Hall

Dr. Billings' research characterizes the features governing nitrogen, carbon and water fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, and how these dynamics are influenced by environmental change.

Dr. Justin Blumenstiel
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Harvard University, 2005
785-864-3915
7026 Haworth Hall

Dr. Blumenstiel's research is focused on understanding how both genetic and epigenetic systems evolve.

Professor, Curator-in-Charge, Herpetology Division, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute
785-864-3403
Dyche Hall, Room 417

Dr. Brown is a herpetologist interested in understanding evolutionary processes of diversification in island archipelagos.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Environmental Studies, Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2007
785-864-2831
Higuchi Hall

Dr. Burgin's research integrates across the fields of microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and aquatic ecosystem ecology. 

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-4432
Haworth Hall, Room 7016

Dr. Cartwright's research focuses on understanding evolutionary patterns and developmental processes in medusozoans.

Dr. Gerrit de Boer
Associate Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1985
785-864-4577
5020 Haworth Hall

Dr. de Boer studies the physiological basis of insect-plant interactions; he is a faculty advisor with KUUB.

Distinguished Professor & Senior Curator
785-864-2319
Public Safety Building, Room Suite 140

Dr. Engel focuses on the taxonomy of bees throughout the world.

Dr. Bryan L. Foster
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1996
785-864-3346
Higuchi Hall

Dr. Foster studies the ecological forces that shape plant communities.

 

Dr. Jennifer Gleason
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Yale University, 1996
785-864-5858
6006 Haworth Hall

Dr. Gleason's research focuses on molecular evolution, behavioral genetics, and the evolution of courtship song in Drosophila.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Curator, Biodiversity Institute, Ph.D., Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri, 2004
785-864-6875
Dyche Hall

Dr. Glor studies the evolution of biological diversity, focusing on adaptive radiation in Anolis lizards and other reptiles.

Professor, Chair, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3255
Haworth Hall, Room 7008

Professor Haufler's research focuses on the evolutionary history, population genetics, and speciation of ferns. He is particularly interested in the life cycle dynamics of these “seed free” plants as well as the role of polyploidy and gene silencing in the genetics of the lineages.

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Harvard University, 2002
785-864-5861
Haworth Hall

Dr. Hileman's research focuses on understanding the evolution of plant development with a focus on floral diversification.

Mark Holder
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Curator, Biodiversity Institute, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2001
785-864-5789
Haworth Hall, room 6031

Dr. Holder develops statistical and computational approaches for estimating genealogical relationships.

Professor, Associate Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Curator, Biodiversity Institute, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2001
785-864-5826
Haworth Hall

Dr. Jensen is a parasitologist specializing on coevolution and the systematics, diversity, and biogeography of the tapeworms that parasitize elasmobranchs.

Dr. John Kelly
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1996
785-864-3706
Haworth Hall

Dr. Kelly studies evolutionary quantitative genetics, molecular population genetics, evolution of pathogens, and kin selection.

Professor, Director, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-4540
Dyche Hall

Dr. Krishtalka's interests include science policy and administration, biodiversity informatics, and the paleobiology of mammals.

Professor and Senior Curator
785-864-2741
Dyche Hall, Room 701A

Dr. Lieberman is a paleontologist and evolutionary biologist interested in macroevolution and the evolutionary history of invertebrates.

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Washington State University, 1999
785-864-5706
Haworth Hall

Dr. Mort studies the evolutionary relationships of the angiosperm family Crassulaceae using DNA sequences from chloroplast and nuclear gene regions

Dr. Robert G. Moyle
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator, Biodiversity Institute, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2002
785-864-1870
Dyche Hall

Dr. Moyle's research seeks to understand the patterns and processes of avian diversification.

Professor, Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1994
785-864-3763
Haworth Hall

Dr. Orive's research area is theoretical population genetics.

Dr. A. Townsend Peterson
University Distinguished Professor
785-864-3926
Dyche Hall, Room 713

Dr. Peterson's focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity with a focus on tropical ornithology and systematics.

Dr. Raymond Pierotti
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1980
785-864-4326
Haworth Hall

Dr. Pierotti's research investigates the evolutionary biology of vertebrates with male parental care and socially monogamous breeding systems.

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2002
785-864-1542
156 Higuchi Hall

Dr. Reuman studies quantitative population, community, and landscape ecology.

Dr. Andrew E. Z. Short
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Curator, Biodiversity Institute, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2007
785-864-2323
6002 Haworth Hall

Dr. Short's research program centers on elucidating the diversity, biology, and evolutionary history of aquatic beetles.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Ph.D., University of Guelph, 2010
785-864-1599
Higuchi Hall, Room #41

Dr. Sikes is a microbial ecologist whose research focuses on soil fungi, their community interactions and use in restoration

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1982
785-864-4340
3038 Haworth Hall

Dr. Smith's research combines molecular systematics with the study of social arthropods

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Curator, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-6874
Dyche Hall, Room 701C

Dr. Smith's research focus is the comparative evolutionary biology of fishes. 

University Distinguished Professor
785-864-3897
Dyche Hall, Room 713B

Dr. Soberón is mainly interested in documenting and understanding large-scale spatial patterns in the biodiversity of terrestrial species.



 

Dr. James H. Thorp
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Ph.D., North Carolina State, 1975
785-864-1532
Higuchi Hall

Dr. Thorp's research centers on the community and ecosystem levels of aquatic ecology.

Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Duke University, 2016
785-864-0074
8012 Haworth Hall

My research focuses on the genetic basis of plants' interactions with their environment-- especially their microbial neighbors-- in both natural and agricultural systems. I use my training in quantitative genetics and evolutionary ecology to study the relationships between plant genotypes, phenotypes and microbiomes, toward the broad goal of improving the health of crops and wild plants facing environmental challenges.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2009
785-864-4361
Haworth Hall, room 6003

My research focuses on evolutionary genomics in Lepidoptera, the moths and butterflies. I am particularly interested in the molecular evolution of sex chromosomes and reproductive traits.  My work makes extensive use of next-generation sequencing data (i.e. Illumina) for measuring gene expression and genetic variation genome-wide.  We also use shotgun proteomics to directly identify proteins found in complex biological samples, such as the saliva and also sperm of butterflies.

Dean's Professor of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., Duke University, 1997
785-864-5218
Haworth Hall

Dr. Ward is interested in understanding how global change factors influence the physiology, population structure, and evolution of plants.

 


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