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). 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:

Sharon Billings

Ecology
Evo-devo, cnidarians class Hydrozoa, gene expression, morphology, and phylogenetic patterns


 

Justin Blumenstiel

Evolution
Evolution of genetic and epigenetics systems

Paulyn Cartright

Evolution, Systematics
Terrestrial ecosystem ecology and stable isotope biogeochemistry

Sally Chang

Evolution, Systematics
Graduate student with Paulyn Cartwright
Invertebrate phylogenetics and evolution, evolutionary developmental biology

Kaila Coyott

Evolution
Graduate student with Jennifer Gleason
Insect Behavior, Entomology, Sexual Selection

Alex Erwin

Evolution
Graduate student with Justin Blumenstiel
Epigenetic mechanisms

Jeremy Forsythe

Ecology
Graduate student with Bryan Foster
Plant Community Ecology; Succession; Stochastic and Deterministic

Bryan Foster

KBS
Ecology

Plant community ecology, grassland biodiversity, ecosystem dynamic, disturbance ecology, restorationecology.

Jennifer Gleason

REU Program Director
Evolution

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

Rich Glor

BI
Evolution, Systematics

herpetology, evolution of biological diversity, speciation, phylogenetics

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

Lukas Klicka

Systematics
Graduate student with Rob Moyle
Phylogeography and population genetics

KJ Min

Ecology
Graduate student with Sharon Billings
Climate change, biogeochemistry, soil organic matter

Mark Mort

BI and REU Program Associate Director
Systematics, Ecology, Evolution

Angiosperm systematics, Crassulaceae (stonecrops), morphological and physiological evolution of flowering plants; diversification of island plant taxa.

Rob Moyle

BI
Systematics

Patterns and processes of avian diversification

Maria Orive

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

Dan Reuman

KBS
Ecology

Quantitative ecology, global change ecology, population ecology, community ecology, food webs, population dynamics, metabolic ecology

Paula Roy

Evolution
Graduate student with Jennifer Gleason
Insect Behavior, Entomology, Sexual Selection

Jamie Walters
Assistant Professor (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
785-864-4361
Haworth Hall, room 6003

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


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