Mentors

Mentors

Mentors for the REU program are members of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU. Additionally, some faculty are members of the Biodiversity Institute (BI) or the Kansas Biological Survey (KBS). For 2017 the mentors are:

Dr. Folashade Agusto

Ecology, Modeling
Models of disease transmission

Dr. Jim Bever

Ecology
Ecology, Evolution, Plants, Fungi, Feedback, Prairie, Diversity, Dynamics

Dr. Sharon Billings

KBS, Ecology
Biogeochemistry, ecosystem science, environmental science

Dr. Bryan Foster

KBS, Ecology
Plant Community Ecology; Grassland Ecology; Prairie Restoration; Ecological Succession; Plant-Plant Interactions

Dr. Jennifer Gleason

REU Program Director
Evolution

Evolutionary behavioral genetics, courtship behavior, Drosophila, molecular evolution.

Rich Glor

BI
Evolution, Systematics

speciation, herpetology, systematics, hybridization

Dr. Mark Holder

BI
Modeling, systematics
Phylogenetics, bioinformatics

Dr. Kirsten Jensen

BI
Evolution, Systematics
Geographic distribution and host associations of parasites; marine parasitology; cestode taxonomy and systematics

Dr. Terry Loecke

KBS
Ecology, Modeling
Biogeochemistry, water quality, and soil processes

Dr. Mark Mort

Evolution/Systematics
Evolution of flowering plants on oceanic islands; evolution of breeding systems and biogeography; testing phylogenetic methods

Dr. Maria Orive

Evolution, Modeling
Evolutionary theory, population genetics, symbiosis, population structure.

Dr. Ben Sikes

KBS
Evolution, Systematics
Microbial, community and restoration ecology. Focus on soil and root fungal communities

Dr. Deb Smith

Evolution, Systematics
Behavior, population structure and evolution of social spiders; biogeography of Old World honey bees; honey bee and Varroa mite co-evolution; biology of Kansas native bees

Dr. Pamela Sullivan

Ecology, Modeling, Evolution
Ecohydrology, Weathering and Land Cover Change

Jamie Walters

Evolution
Lepidoptera (moths & butterflies), sex chromosomes, reproductive biology, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular evolution, population genetics


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