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

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

speciation, herpetology, systematics, hybridization

Dr. Lena Hileman

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

Dr. Mark Mort

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

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

Dr. Jorge Soberón

Ecology, Modeling
Distribution of species, large geographical, pattern, process

Jamie Walters

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

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