Kaila Colyott

Doctoral candidate, EEB
Primary office:
Haworth Hall


Advisor: Jennifer Gleason
Research Interests: Insect Behavior, Sexual Selection, Behavioral Genetics, Science Communication Outcomes, Undergraduate Biology Education
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. 120, 93-101 DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.07.015
  • 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 AND NATIONAL MEETINGS

  • Colyott, K.L. and J.M. Gleason. Molecular phylogeny and behavioral trait evolution of singing flies. Poster presented at Evolution; 2017 June 22-28; Portland, OR.
  • Colyott, K.L. Sex, Flies, and Manipulation. Poster presented at MidAmericon II; 2016 August 20; Kansas City, MO.
  • Colyott, K.L. and J.M. Gleason. Sensory modality use across a phylogeny. Poster presented at Evolution; 2016 June 17-21; Austin, TX.
  • Colyott, K.L. and J.M. Gleason. Some females need to be serenaded before they will accept copulation. Poster presented at 51st Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society; 2014 August 9-13; Princeton, NJ.
  • Colyott, K.L., C. Odu, J. M. Gleason. Effects of sensory cues on Drosophila saltans courtship and mating. Poster presented at 90th Annual Meeting of the Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society; 2014 April 4-5; Emporia, KS.

 

OTHER PRESENTATIONS

  • Colyott, K.L. and J. M. Gleason. The effects of sensory cues on Drosophila saltans courtship and mating. EEB Graduate Student Talk Series at the University of Kansas; 2015 August 25; Lawrence, KS.
  • Colyott, K.L., D. Harpel, A. Mongue. Importance and possible role of sexual selection in the elaboration of novel song trait. Oral Presentation Panel, 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. Species-specific courtship song may help maintain reproductive isolation in the Drosophila saltans species group. Oral Presentation Panel, 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. “Evolution Chat” at St. Andrew’s University; 2013 Nov 22; St. Andrew’s, Scotland.

 

MAJOR AND MINOR RESEARCH GRANTS

  • 2017. inclusive Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (iEMBER) idea award: S. Brownell, M. Moore, K. Cooper, and K. Colyott. Who are we? Documenting the representation of different social identities in biology. $4,000
  • 2015 – 2017. National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Using covariance to test hypotheses about the function and underlying genetic control of multi-component signals. $19,469
  • 2014. Doctoral Student Research Fund, University of Kansas Graduate Studies. $1,472
  • 2013. Field Station Grant, University of Kansas Field Station. $335



COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS AND PROJECTS

  • 2017 Institutional Review Board approval for project: Assessing hands-on learning as a tool for attitude changes about insects
  • 2016 Genetics Society of America Trainee Organization Symposium Grant (collaborative) $2,000
  • 2016 Kauffman Foundation Education & Entrepreneurship Grant (collaborative) $2,500

 

AWARDS

  • 2017 Marlesa and Hannalesa Roney Student Success Mentor Award, Emily Taylor Center. $500
  • 2017 Entomology Endowment Travel Award, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $1,367
  • 2016 First place award for student poster presentation, MidAmeriConII. $100
  • 2016 Graduate Teaching Award, University of Kansas Graduate Studies. $750
  • 2015 Graduate Student Research 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. $250
  • 2014 First place award for oral presentation, Sigma Xi Graduate Research Competition. $250
  • 2014 First place award for poster presentation, Kansas Entomological Society. $500
  • 2013 Entomology Endowment Travel Award, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $1,400
  • 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fund Program, Honorable Mention.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2017 Entomology Endowment Summer Scholarship, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $6,000
  • 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. $1,650
  • 2014 Entomology Endowment Summer Scholarship, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $6,000
  • 2012, 2013 Ida Hyde Scholarship, University of Kansas Biology Program. $2,700
  • 2013 Entomology Endowment Summer Scholarship, University of Kansas Entomology Program. $6,000
  • 2012 Diversity Scholarship, University of Kansas Graduate Studies Program. $5,000


PUBLIC SERVICE AND OUTREACH

  • 2016. “Step into the Boots of a Biologist,” Expanding Your Horizons ~79 girls
  • 2015 – present. “Bug Badge” workshop, Girl Scouts of NW Kansas and NE Missouri ~166 girls
  • 2015 – present. Community partnership, Girl Scouts of NW Kansas and NE Missouri ~5 programs & ~475 girls
  • 2015 – present. STEM summer camp activities, Girl Scouts of NW Kansas and NE Missouri ~125 girls
  • 2015. Citizen Science “Invasive Mosquito” Project, Wyandotte County High School ~40 students
  • 2014 – present. Science Olympiad Events (i.e. Entomology and Kansas Invasive Species), Northeastern Kansas Regional Science Olympiad ~348 students
  • 2014 – present. “Fruit Fly Behavior; why it’s so fly” outreach booth, Elementary School Science Nights ~175 students
  • 2014. Pollinator Project, Wyandotte County High School, Funded by the American Forest Foundation’s Environmental Education Program, Project Learning Tree ~40 students
  • 2013 – 2016. Career Horizons Program for 6th graders from at-risk areas ~160 students
  • 2013 – present. Judge/Head Judge at local and Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fairs ~78 students

 

DEPARTMENT AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • 2016. Co-president of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Organization (EEB GSO)
  • 2014 – 2016. Co-chair of EEB GSO outreach committee
  • 2015 – 2016. Lead Organizer of SEARCH (Scientists Exploring non-Academic Career cHoices) Symposium ~103 attendees
  • 2013 – 2015. Co-chair of EEB GSO fundraising committee

 

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

  • 2014 Drosophila Species Workshop XII, University of California – San Diego
  • 2014 19th Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics, University of Washington
  • 2013 Software Carpentry Workshop, University of Kansas

 

 

 


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