Faculty

Dr. David Alexander
Associate Scientist, Ph.D., Duke University, 1982
785-864-3370
5020 Haworth Hall

Dr. 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, Ph.D., Duke University, 1982
785-864-3221
7006 Haworth Hall
Dr. 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, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1990
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, Associate Scientist, Ph.D., Duke University, 1998
785-864-1560
Higuchi Hall

Dr. 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, Ph.D., Harvard University, 2005
785-864-3915
7026 Haworth Hall

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

Associate Professor, Associate Curator, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 2004
785-864-3403
Dyche Hall

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

Dr. Paulyn Cartwright
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Yale University, 1997
785-864-4432
7016 Haworth Hall

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

Dr. Caroline S. Chaboo
Assistant Professor, Assistant Curator, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2005
785-864-5173
Public Safety Building

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

Dr. Gerrit de Boer
Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1985
785-864-4577
2045A Haworth Hall

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

Dr. Frank deNoyelles
Professor, Senior Scientist, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1971
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.

Professor, Senior Curator, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1998
785-864-2319
Public Safety Building

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

Dr. Daphne G. Fautin
Professor, Senior Curator, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1972
785-864-3062
Haworth Hall

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

Dr. Bryan L. Foster
Professor, Senior Scientist, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1996
785-864-3346
Higuchi Hall

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

 

Dr. Jennifer Gleason
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Yale University, 1996
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, Associate Curator, Ph.D., Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri, 2004
785-864-6875
Dyche Hall

Dr. Glor studies the evolution of biological diversity, focusing on adaptive radiation in Anolis lizards and other reptiles.

Dr. Christopher H. Haufler
Professor and Department Chair, Ph.D., Indiana University, 1977
785-864-3255
Haworth Hall

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

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Harvard University, 2002
785-864-5861
Haworth Hall

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

Mark Holder
Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2001
785-864-5789
Haworth Hall, room 6031

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

Dr. Rudolf Jander
Professor, Ph.D., University of Munich, 1957
785-864-3457
5026 Haworth Hall

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

Associate Professor, Associate Curator, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2001
785-864-5826
Haworth Hall

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

Dr. John Kelly
Professor, Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1996
785-864-3706
Haworth Hall

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

Professor and Director, KU Biodiversity Institute, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1975
785-864-4540
Dyche Hall

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

Dr. Bruce S. Lieberman
Professor, Senior Curator, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1994
785-864-2741

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

Dr. Craig Martin
Professor, Ph.D., Duke University, 1980
785-864-3645
Haworth Hall

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

Dr. Ed Martinko
Professor and Director, Kansas Biological Survey, Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1976
785-864-1505
Higuchi Hall

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

Dr. Mark Mort
Associate Professor, Associate Curator, Ph.D., Washington State University, 1999
785-864-5706
Haworth Hall

Dr. 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, Associate Curator, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2002
785-864-1870
Dyche Hall

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

Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1994
785-864-3763
Haworth Hall

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

Dr. A. Townsend Peterson
Distinguished Professor, Senior Curator, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1990
785-864-3926
Dyche Hall

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

Dr. Raymond Pierotti
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1980
785-864-4326
Haworth Hall

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

Associate Professor, Associate Scientist, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2002
785-864-1542
156 Higuchi Hall

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

Dr. Andrew E. Z. Short
Assistant Professor, Assistant Curator, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2007
785-864-2323
140 Public Safety Building

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

Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientist, Ph.D., University of Guelph, 2010
785-864-1599
Higuchi Hall, Room #41

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

Dr. Deborah R. Smith
Professor, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1982
785-864-4340
3038 Haworth Hall

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

Dr. Val H. Smith
Professor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1982
785-864-4565
Haworth Hall

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

Assistant Professor, Assistant Curator, Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005
785-864-6874
Dyche Hall, room 701C

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

Distinguished Professor, Senior Scientist, Ph.D. Imperial College, London, 1982
785-864-3897
Dyche Hall

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

Dr. Orley R. "Chip" Taylor
Professor, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1970
785-864-4051
7005 Haworth Hall

Dr. 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, Senior Curator, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1964
785-864-5501
Haworth Hall

Dr. 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, Senior Scientist, Ph.D., North Carolina State, 1975
785-864-1532
Higuchi Hall

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

Associate Professor, Associate Curator, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1979
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, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2009
785-864-4361
Haworth Hall, room 6003

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

Associate Professor and Wohlgemuth Faculty Scholar, Ph.D., Duke University, 1997
785-864-5218
Haworth Hall

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

 


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