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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Bever's research focuses on testing basic ecological and evolutionary processes occurring within plants and their associated fungi.
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. Burgin's research integrates across the fields of microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and aquatic ecosystem ecology.
Dr. Glor studies the evolution of biological diversity, focusing on adaptive radiation in Anolis lizards and other reptiles.
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.
Dr. Holder develops statistical and computational approaches for estimating genealogical relationships.
Dr. Jensen is a parasitologist specializing on coevolution and the systematics, diversity, and biogeography of the tapeworms that parasitize elasmobranchs.
Dr. Short's research program centers on elucidating the diversity, biology, and evolutionary history of aquatic beetles.
Dr. Sikes is a microbial ecologist whose research focuses on soil fungi, their community interactions and use in restoration
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.
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.
Dr. Ward is interested in understanding how global change factors influence the physiology, population structure, and evolution of plants.