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). In 2015, some of the mentors are teams consisting of a graduate student and faculty member (see the project page for more details). For 2015 the mentors are:

Dr. Folashade Agusto

Ecology, Modeling
Models of disease transmission

Justin Blumenstiel

Evolutionary Epigenetics, Genomics and Genetic Conflict

Dr. Jennifer Gleason

REU Program Director

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

Rich Glor

Evolution, Systematics

herpetology, evolution of biological diversity, speciation, phylogenetics

Floral evolution, evolution of developmental genetic programs, molecular evolution, epigenetics.

Maria Orive

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

Dr. Ben Sikes

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. Leo Smith

Evolution, Systematics
Evolutionary biology and comparative morphology of marine and freshwater fishes

Jamie Walters
Assistant Professor (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Haworth Hall, room 6003

Dr. Walter's research studies the adaption and speciation in the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths).

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