Kaila Colyott

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Primary office:
Haworth Hall


Advisor: Jennifer Gleason
Research Interests: Insect Behavior, Entomology, Sexual Selection, Behavioral Genetics
Hometown: Rockford, IL

Education:

  • B.S. in biology from Northern Illinois University, 2011
  • A.S. from Rock Valley College, 2009

Publications:

  • K. Colyott, C. Odu, J.M. Gleason. 2016. Dissection of signaling modalities and courtship timing reveals a novel signal in Drosophila saltans courtship. Animal Behaviour. In Press
  • King, B.H., K.L. Colyott, A.R. Chesney. 2014. Livestock bedding effects on two species of parasitoid wasps of filth flies. Journal of Insect Science. 14(185) DOI: 10.1093/jisesa/ieu047

Presentations at Regional, National, & International Meetings:

  • Colyott, K.L. and J.M. Gleason. Sensory modality use across a phylogeny. Poster session presented at: Evolution; 2016 June 17-21; Austin, TX.
  • Colyott, K.L. and J.M. Gleason. Some Drosophila females need to be serenaded before they will accept copulation. Poster session presented at: Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference; 2015 March 28&29; Bloomington, IN.
  • Colyott, K.L. and J.M. Gleason. Some Drosophila females need to be serenaded before they will accept copulation. Poster session presented at: 51st Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society; 2015 March 27-29; Bloomington, IN.
  • Colyott, K.L. and J.M. Gleason. Some females need to be serenaded before they will accept copulation. Poster session presented at: 51st Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society; 2014 August 9-13; Princeton, NJ.
  • Colyott, K.L., C. Odu, J. M. Gleason. The effects of sensory cues on Drosophila saltans courtship and mating. Poster session presented at: 90th Annual Meeting of the Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society; 2014 April 4-5; Emporia, KS.

Other Presentations:

  • Colyott, K.L., D. Harpel, A. Mongue. Evolution of novel trait characteristics in insects: from a proteomic perspective to a behavioral approach. Panel of Oral Presentations at: Graduate Research Competition at the University of Kansas; 2015 April 9; Lawrence, KS.
  • Colyott, K.L. and J. M. Gleason. Wild Drosophila of Kansas. Oral Presentation for: “Ecology Talk” at The University of Kansas; 2014 May 2; Lawrence, KS.
  • Colyott, K.L., D. Swartzlander, L. Hemmer. Facets of Reproductive Isolation. Panel of Oral Presentations at: Graduate Research Competition at the University of Kansas; 2014 March 5; Lawrence, KS.
  • Colyott, K.L. and J. M. Gleason. Drosophila saltans: Influence of courtship song, other sensory modalities, and possible playback experiments. Oral Presentation for: “Evolution Chat” at St. Andrew’s University; 2013 Nov 22; St. Andrew’s, Scotland.
  • B.H. King, K.L. Colyott, A.R. Chesney. April 2011. The Impact of Livestock Bedding on Two Species of Wasps (poster). Phi Sigma Research Symposium for the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
  • B.H. King, K.L. Colyott, A.R. Chesney. April 2011. The Impact of Livestock Bedding on Two Species of Wasps (poster).  Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL.

Major Grants:

  • 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Using covariance to test hypotheses about the function and underlying genetic control of multi-component signals. $19,469

Minor Grants:

  • 2014 Doctoral Student Research Fund, University of Kansas Graduate Studies. $1,472
  • 2013 Field Station Grant, University of Kansas Field Station. $335

Awards:

  • 2016 Graduate Teaching Award, University of Kansas Graduate Studies. $750
  • 2015 Graduate Student Research Competition Presentation Award, University of Kansas Graduate Studies. $250
  • 2014 Entomology Endowment Travel Award, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $703
  • 2014 Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Award, University of Kansas Graduate Studies. $500
  • 2014 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Organization Travel Award, EEB GSO Fund. $250
  • 2014 First place award for oral presentation, Sigma Xi Graduate Research Competition.
  • 2014 First place award for poster presentation, Kansas Entomological Society. $500
  • 2013 Entomology Endowment Travel Award, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $1,400
  • 2013 Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fund Program.

Scholarships:

  • 2016 Entomology Endowment Summer Scholarship, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $6,000
  • 2015 Entomology Endowment Summer Scholarship, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $6,000
  • 2014 Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics Scholarship, University of Washington: Dept. Biostatistics. $,1650
  • 2014 Entomology Endowment Summer Scholarship, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $6,000
  • 2013 Ida Hyde Scholarship, University of Kansas Biology Program. $1,300
  • 2013 Entomology Endowment Summer Scholarship, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $6,000
  • 2012 Ida Hyde Scholarship, University of Kansas Biology Program. $1,400
  • 2012-2013 Diversity Scholarship, University of Kansas Graduate Studies Program. $5,000

Attendance at Regional and National Workshops:

  • 19th Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics, July 9-18, 2014. Seattle, Washington.
  • Drosophila Species Workshop XII. March 25-26, 2014. San Diego, California.
  • Software Carpentry Boot Camp. August 22-23, 2013. Lawrence, Kansas.

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