Welcome to Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at a Glance

Welcome to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Kansas (KU)!

To capture the breadth and depth of research and graduate education opportunities in EEB at KU, we have organized the interests and activities of our faculty into three major themes:

  • Ecology and Global Change Biology
  • Evolutionary Mechanisms
  • Biodiversity and Macroevolution

Populating these three theme areas are 40 tenured/tenure track faculty members with diverse interests and expertise. Our common bond is a focus on the biology of organisms: their history, how they develop, where they live, how they adapt, how they change over time, and how they interact. Along with our nearly 70 graduate students, we travel widely, collecting and visiting study sites literally around the globe. We study ancient fossils and we predict future climatic events, we apply state-of-the-art analyses to address critical questions, and we collaborate and educate.

Please explore this website to learn more about us and our activities. Some links that may be helpful include:

EEB Labs

Graphs and Fossils

Lieberman Lab

The Lieberman lab uses the fossil record to gain insights into the patterns and processes of macroevolution.

Cartwright Lab

The Cartwright lab studies the evolution of Medusozoa using phylogenetics and development.
Spade with Soil Sample

Billings Lab

The Billings' Lab characterizes the features governing nitrogen, carbon, and water fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, and how these dynamics are influenced by environmental change.
Pink Flower

Hileman Lab

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

EEB Labs

Red "cleared and stained" fish specimen viewed with flourescent microscopy

Smith Lab

The Smith lab studies the evolution of fishes using morphological and molecular approaches.
Edge of a planet in space with mathematical symbols above it

Reuman Lab

The Reuman lab does quantitative population and community ecology, often at large spatial scales.
Green lizard with its head raised

Glor Lab

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

EEB Labs

Students working near bodies of water

Burgin Lab

The Burgin Lab studies how human activities and climate change affect water quality in wetlands, lakes, and streams.
Woman writing near a stream

Thorp Lab

Thorp's lab centers on the community and ecosystem levels of aquatic ecology
Magnified Image of a Green Bee

Engel Lab

Engel's lab studies the biology and biodiversity of wild bees throughout the world.