Faculty

Dr. David Alexander
Associate Scientist, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3370
5020 Haworth Hall

Dr. David Alexander's research focus is biomechanics - using techniques from engineering to study the physical properties of organisms and their interactions with their physical environment.

Dr. Helen Alexander
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3221
7006 Haworth Hall
Dr. Helen Alexander studies the ecology and evolution of plant-pathogen interactions; hybridization between crop and wild plants; and long-term demography of rare prairie plants.
Distinguished Foundation Professor, Senior Curator
785-864-4185
321C Dyche Hall

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. Sharon Billings
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
785-864-1560
Higuchi Hall

Dr. Sharon Billings' research characterizes the features governing nitrogen, carbon and water fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, and how these dynamics are influenced by environmental change.

Dr. Justin Blumenstiel
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3915
7026 Haworth Hall

Dr. Justin Blumenstiel's research is focused on understanding how both genetic and epigenetic systems evolve.

Dr. Rafe M. Brown
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator-in-charge, Herpetology Division, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-3403
Dyche Hall

Dr. Rafe Brown is a herpetologist interested in understanding evolutionary processes of diversification in island archipelagos.

Dr. Paulyn Cartwright
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-4432
7016 Haworth Hall

Dr. Paulyn Cartwright's research focuses on  understanding evolutionary patterns and developmental processes in medusozoans.

Dr. Caroline S. Chaboo
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator, Entomology, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-5173
Public Safety Building

Dr. Caroline Chaboo is a systematic entomologist with specialization in chrysomelid leaf beetles.

Dr. Gerrit de Boer
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-4577
3007 Haworth Hall

Dr. de Boer's studied the physiological basis of insect-plant interactions; he is a faculty advisor with KUUB.

Dr. Frank deNoyelles
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
785-864-1504
Higuchi Hall

Dr. deNoyelles' interests include the use of in situ experimental methods in aquatic ecosystems and the effects of stress on aquatic ecosystems.

Dr. Michael S. Engel
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Curator, Entomology, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-2319
Public Safety Building

Dr. Michael Engel focuses on the fossil record of insects and what it reveals about the past and present.

Dr. Daphne G. Fautin
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator, Invertebrate Zoology, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-3062
Haworth Hall

Dr. Daphne Fautin is an invertebrate zoologist specializing in sea anemones and in symbiosis.

Dr. Bryan L. Foster
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
785-864-3346
Higuchi Hall

Dr. Bryan Foster studies the ecological forces that shape plant communities.

 

Dr. Jennifer Gleason
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-5858
6006 Haworth Hall

Dr. Gleason's research focuses on molecular evolution, behavioral genetics, and the evolution of courtship song in Drosophila.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Curator, Herpetology Division, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-6875
Dyche Hall

Evolution of biological diversity, focusing on adaptive radiation in Anolis lizards and other reptiles.

Dr. Christopher H. Haufler
Professor and Departmental Chair, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3255
Haworth Hall

Dr. Christopher Haufler studies the systematics, evolution, biogeography, and population genetics of ferns.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-5861
Haworth Hall

Dr. Lena Hileman's research focuses on understanding the evolution of plant development with a focus on floral diversification.

Mark Holder
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-5789
Haworth Hall, room 6031

Dr. Mark Holder develops statistical and computational approaches for estimating genealogical relationships.

Dr. Rudolf Jander
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3457
5026 Haworth Hall

Dr. Rudolf Jander's research focuses on experimental analysis of behavioral mechanisms and reconstruction of behavioral macro-evolution.

Dr. Kirsten Jensen
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Curator, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-5826
Haworth Hall

Dr. Kirsten Jensen is a parasitologist specializing on coevolution and the systematics, diversity, and biogeography of the tapeworms that parasitize elasmobranchs.

Dr. John Kelly
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3706
Haworth Hall

Dr. John Kelly studies evolutionary quantitative genetics, molecular population genetics, evolution of pathogens, and kin selection.

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director, KU Biodiversity Institute (and its Natural History Museum)
785-864-4540
Dyche Hall

Dr. Leonard Krishtalka's interests include science policy and administration, biodiversity informatics, and the paleobiology of mammals.

Dr. Bruce S. Lieberman
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Curator, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-2741

Dr. Bruce Lieberman is a paleontologist and evolutionary biologist interested in macroevolution and the evolutionary history of invertebrates.

Dr. Craig Martin
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3645
Haworth Hall

Dr. Craig Martin studies the biochemical, physiological, anatomical, and morphological responses of plants to stressful environments.

Dr. Ed Martinko
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Professor, Environmental Studies, State Biologist and Director, Kansas Biological Survey
785-864-1505
Higuchi Hall

Dr. Ed Martinko's interests include ecosystem ecology and management, landscape analysis and characterization, and remote sensing of natural resources.

Dr. Mark Mort
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Curator, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-5706
Haworth Hall

Dr. Mark Mort studies the evolutionary relationships of the angiosperm family Crassulaceae using DNA sequences from chloroplast and nuclear gene regions

Dr. Robert G. Moyle
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator, Ornithology Division, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-1870
Dyche Hall

Dr. Robert Moyle's research seeks to understand the patterns and processes of avian diversification.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-3763
Haworth Hall

Dr. Maria Orive's research area is theoretical population genetics.

Dr. A. Townsend Peterson
Distinguished Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator, Ornithology Division, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-3926
Dyche Hall

Dr. Town Peterson's focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity with a focus on tropical ornithology and systematics.

Dr. Raymond Pierotti
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-4326
Haworth Hall

Dr. Ray Pierotti's research investigates the evolutionary biology of vertebrates with male parental care and socially monogamous breeding systems.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
785-864-1527
156 Higuchi Hall

Dr. Daniel Reuman studies quantitative population, community, and landscape ecology.

Dr. Andrew E. Z. Short
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator, Entomology, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-2323
140 Public Safety Building

Dr. Andrew Short's research program centers on elucidating the diversity, biology, and evolutionary history of aquatic beetles.

Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Assistant Scientist Kansas Biological Survey
785-864-1599
Higuchi Hall, Room #41

Dr. Benjamin Sikes is a microbial ecologist whose research focuses on soil fungi, their community interactions and use in restoration

Dr. Deborah R. Smith
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-4340
3038 Haworth Hall

Dr. Deborah Smith's research combines molecular systematics with the study of social arthropods

Dr. Val H. Smith
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-4565
Haworth Hall

Dr. Val Smith's research program focuses on the relationships between resource supplies and the structure and function of biological systems.

Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Assistant Curator, Ichthyology Division, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-
Dyche Hall, room 701C

Dr. Smith's research focus is the comparative evolutionary biology of fishes. 

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Curator, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-3897
Dyche Hall

Dr. Jorge Soberón is mainly interested in documenting and understanding large-scale spatial patterns in the biodiversity of terrestrial species.

Dr. Orley R. "Chip" Taylor
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785-864-4051
7005 Haworth Hall

Dr. Chip Taylor directs Monarch Watch and conducts research on a variety of topics related to the evolution and ecological implications of life history traits in insects and plants.

Dr. Thomas N. Taylor
Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Curator, Paleobotany, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-5501
Haworth Hall

Dr. Tom Taylor’s research focuses on Antarctic paleobiology, fossil fungi, fossil plants, and the origin and evolution of land plants and the colonization of the land.

Dr. James H. Thorp
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
785-864-1532
Higuchi Hall

Dr. James Thorp's research centers on the community and ecosystem levels of aquatic ecology.

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator, Mammalogy Division, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-4180
Public Safety Building

Dr. Timm studies the life history, ecology and conservation biology of mammals of the New World tropics. 

Assistant Professor, 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).

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; University of Kansas, Wohlgemuth Faculty Scholar
785-864-5218
Haworth Hall

Dr. Joy Ward is interested in understanding how global change factors influence the physiology, population structure, and evolution of plants.

 


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