Leonard Krishtalka

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, KU Biodiversity Institute
Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Director, Biodiversity Institute
Primary office:
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Dr. Krishtalka's interests include science policy and administration, biodiversity informatics, and the paleobiology of mammals.

Teaching Interests

  • Diversity of Life
  • Biodiversity data and informatics
  • Science policy and planning
  • Grant proposals

Research

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

Research Interests

  • Science research
  • Policy and planning
  • Natural history museum/biodiversity research/education leadership and management
  • Global biodiversity science
  • Genomic biodiversity and informatics
  • Evolutionary biology of mammals
  • Evolutionary patterns
  • Processes

Selected Publications

Krishtalka, L. (2015). Congress needs to overlook the aisle.

Walls, R., & Krishtalka, L. (2014). Semantics in Support of Biodiversity Knowledge Discovery: An Introduction to the Biological Collections Ontology and Related Ontologies. PLOS One. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0089606

Krishtalka, L. (2014). Thinking is just too painful.

Krishtalka, L. (2014). Local Cyclist Remembered Fondly.

Krishtalka, L. (2014). Losing touch with science.

Krishtalka, L. (2014). Threats won't help save bird.

Hobern, D., & Krishtalka, L. (2013). Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook: Delivering Biodiversity Knowledge In the Information Age. In Proceedings of a Conference, Global Biodiversity Information Conference, GBIF, Copenhagen.

Krishtalka, L. (2013). Nature loves a female breadwinner.

Krishtalka, L. (2013). What kind of pope should we hope for Lawrence-Journal World.

Krishtalka, L. (2012). cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing. w/Spencer Museum of Art, KU. http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/exhibitions/39-trails.shtml

Krishtalka, L. (2012). The world is still with us Lawrence-Journal World.

Krishtalka, L. (2012). Imprison politicians for failing to heed science? Lawrence-Journal World.

Robbins, R. J, Amaral-Zettler, L., Bik, H., Blum, S., Edwards, J., Field, D., Garrity, G., Gilbert, J. A, Kottmann, R., Krishtalka, L., Lapp, H., Lawrence, C., Morrison, N., Tuama, E. Ó, Parr, C., San Gil, I., Schindel, D., Schriml, L., Vieglas, D., & Wooley, J. (2012). RCN4GSC Workshop Report: Managing Data at the Interface of Biodiversity and (Meta)Genomics, March 2011. Standards in genomic sciences, 7(1), 159-65. DOI:10.4056/sigs.3156511

Robbins, R. J, Cochrane, G., Davies, N., Dawyndt, P., Kottmann, R., Krishtalka, L. K, Morrison, N., Tuama, E. Ó, San Gil, I., & Wooley, J. (2012). RCN4GSC Workshop Report: Modeling a Testbed for Managing Data at the Interface of Biodiversity and (Meta)Genomics, April 2011. Standards in genomic sciences, 7(1), 153-8. DOI:10.4056/sigs.3146509

Krishtalka, L. (2012). Science should be part of presidential debate Lawrence-Journal World.

Krishtalka, L., & Robbins, R. (2012). Biological dark matter and Quantum Biology. In Gordon Research Conference.

Krishtalka, L. (2012). Proposed Legislation uses religion to cancel out science Lawrence-Journal World.

Krishtalka, L. (2012). Life is Code. Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing. Lawrence, KS: Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.

Krishtalka, L. (2012). Knowledge punched by pundits in 2011 Lawrence-Journal World.

Krishtalka, L. (2011). Sciene takes a beating in early presidential campaign Lawrence-Journal World.

Rogers, F., & Krishtalka, L. (2010). Trans-Boundary Conservation Areas, Biodiversity Conservation and Peace Parks. In 9th Annual GBIF Science Symposium 2010. Suwon, South Korea.

King, N., Krishtalka, L., & Chivan, V. (2010). Thoughts on implementation of the recommendeds of the GBIF task force on a global strategy and action plan for mobilization of natural history collections data. Biodiversity Informatics, 7, 72-76.

Krishtalka, L. (2010). Science, not promiscuity, explains quakes Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 8A.

Krishtalka, L. (2009). Letter to Linnaeus. In S. Knapp & Q. Wheeler (Eds.), Letters to Linnaeus (pp. 31-34). Linnaean Society of London.

Krishtalka, L. (2009). Natural History Museums as Sentinel Observatories of Life on Earth: A Public Trust. In . (Ed.), Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Values. Altamira Press.

Krishtalka, L. (2009). Among Trees. Trees and Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature and Culture, 16-17. Spencer Museum of Art: Blurb Publications.

Krishtalka, L. (2009). Faith, Science, still Sparring Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 8A.

Lane, R. (2008). Taxonomy in Europe in the 21st century (Report to the Board of Directors, European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy, pp. 1-7).

Krishtalka, L. (2007). Six Wonders are enough Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2007). No good environment news Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Banks, W., & Krishtalka, L. (2006). Eco-Cultural Niche Modeling: New Tools for Reconstructing the Geography and Ecology of Past Human Populations. PaleoAnthropology, 68-83.

Krishtalka, L. (2006). Faith persists in face of reason Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2006). Names defy global change Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). AAAS Annual Meetings. Assembling the Tree of Life: Today and in the Future. Critical Connections of Museums and Herbaria.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). AAAS Annual Meetings. Management and Leadership of Multi-Institutional and Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). Bridging the gulf of faith, reason Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). KU’s Comanche a symbol of historic shift Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 6B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). Set personal beliefs aside Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). Books blamed for human evils Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 6B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). Rural Kansas losing its grip Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). Expand the “culture of life” Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). Evolution and conservatism Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). Tsunami’s how and why Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2005). Let’s get real in 2005 Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Causey, D., Janzen, D., Peterson, T., Vieglais, D., Krishtalka, L., Beach, J., & Wiley, E. (2004). Museum Collections and Taxonomy. Science, 305, 1106-1107.

Allen, M. F., & Krishtalka, L. (2004). Report on AIBS/IBRCS Workshop on Biodiversity, Species Composition and Ecosystem Functioning. National Science Foundation.

Krishtalka, L. (2004). Textbook sticker shock Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2004). Is Intelligent Design intelligent? Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2004). Environmental family values Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2004). Debating “natural law” Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2004). Alternatives to science Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). Hair didn’t aid museum director’s appeal to Legislature Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). Year’s end inspires reflection, predictions Kansas City Star, pp. B7.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). KU message must be simple, personal, local Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). Preaching to the top species Kansas City Star, pp. B7.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). At Natural History Museums, The Ox is Gored. Museum News,(37), 64-65.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). Prejudices color science Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). Discoveries remain on our own planet Kansas City Star, pp. B7.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). Five Big Ideas for Kansas Kansas City Star, pp. B7.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). Museum loss not yet clear Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). It’s Respect for Knowledge Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2003). Holding Knowledge Hostage Stifles our Progress Kansas City Star, pp. B7.

Krishtalka, L. (2002). Cloning Spawns Silliness Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2002). Chapter 30, Information technology and the ten grand research challenges for the 21st Century. In A. H. Teich, S. D. Nelson, & S. Lita (Eds.), AAAS Science and Technology Policy Yearbook 2002 (pp. 319-338). American Association for the Advancement of Science. http://www.aaas.org/spp/yearbook/2002/ch30.pdf

Krishtalka, L., Peterson, T., Vieglais, D., Beach, J., & Wiley, E. (2002). The Green Internet: A Tool for Conservation Science. In J. Levitt (Ed.), Conservation in the Internet Age: Strategic Threats and Opportunities (pp. 143-164). Washington, DC: Island Press.

Krishtalka, L. (2002). Unofficial museums abound Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2002). Connect environmental dots Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2002). State faces education issues Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2002). The economics of nature Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L., & Harris, F. (2002). Long Term Ecological Research Program: Twenty-Year Review. Arlington, VA: NSF.

Krishtalka, L. (2002). Cloning: Getting what we asked for The Sun Newspapers, pp. 6A.

Krishtalka, L. (2002). Resolutions with a touch of fantasy Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L., Vieglais, D., Peterson, T., Beach, J., & Wiley, E. (2001). A Research Network for Biodiversity Science. AAAS, 2001 Annual Meetings, A 52.

Krishtalka, L. (2001). Answering the Aliens: Museum Biodiversity Education. Curator, 43(2), 103-110.

Donoghue, M., Gilbert, S., Irish, V., Kaufmann, T., Kocker, T., Krishtalka, L., Lane, M., Levine, M., McGinnis, W., Puruggana, M., Sinha, N., & Wray, G. (2001). Evolution of development and Tree of Life. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2001/bio012/

Krishtalka, L. (2001). Science not villain in debate Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2001). Don’t let creationists corrupt science standards Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, pp. B-1, 4.

Krishtalka, L., Levitt, J., Peterson, T., Vieglais, D., Wiley, E., & Beach, J. (2000). The impact of the Internet on Biodiversity: Good or Evil. 17th International CODATA Conference, 82.

Krishtalka, L. (2000). Knowledge Networking of Biodiversity Information. In . (Ed.), Access to Publicly Funded Research (pp. 188-194). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam.

Krishtalka, L. (2000). Let’s learn more about life Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2000). Three Cheers, three boos for science education Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 9B.

Krishtalka, L., & Humphrey, P. S. (2000). Can natural history museums capture the future? BioScience, 50(7), 611-617.

Krishtalka, L. (2000). Let’s Quit Bashing Knowledge Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (2000). Predicting the Brave New World Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 9B.

Krishtalka, L. (1999). Evolution theory explains fact. Kansas Biology Teacher, 8(1), 5-6.

Krishtalka, L. (1999). Yokel’s approach to science Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (1999). Evolution theory explains fact Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (1999). Mixing science and politics Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 5B.

Vieglais, D. A., Stockwell, D. R. B., Cundari, C. M., Beach, J., Peterson, A. T., & Krishtalka, L. (1998). The species analyst: Tools enabling a comprehensive distributed biodiversity network. In Biotechnology & Biobusiness, 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Biotechnology, 23-27 November, Perth, Western Australia.

Krishtalka, L., & Humphrey, P. S. (1998). Fiddling while the Planet Burns: The Challenge for U.S. Natural History Museums. Museum News, 77(2), 29-35.

Krishtalka, L. (1998). Earth not an endless Eden Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (1998). Undiscovered life on Earth Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (1998). So much hot air: Global warming rhetoric obscures the facts Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (1997). Turkey in a pear tree Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (1997). Should science be sold to the highest bidder? Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 11B.

Krishtalka, L. (1997). Cloning: From Eve to Dolly Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 7B.

Krishtalka, L. (1997). Choosing myth over fact Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 5B.

Krishtalka, L. (1997). Believers die for hokum Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 5B.

Krishtalka, L. (1997). Investigating evolution Lawrence-Journal World, pp. 5B.

Krishtalka, L. (1996). In Love with Every Ort [Review of Dinosaur in a Haystack, Stephen J. Gould]. Carnegie Magazine, 63(4), 12, 15.

Selected Work

39 Trails Research in the Peruvian Amazon, w/Spencer Museum of Art, KU.

Benedum Hall of Geology, Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, Carnegie Museum.

Explore Evolution Exhibit, (Consortium of 6 museums including KU NHM).

Life Science Master Exhibit Plan, Carnegie Museum.

Life Through Time, Exhibit Hall, Denver Museum.

Trees & Other Ramifications, w/Spencer Museum of Art.

Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing, Spencer Museum of Art, KU. 2012 - 2012

Selected Grants

Krishtalka, Leonard, (Principal), Rummer, Robert, (Co-Principal), Cooperative Agreement for Military Lands in the Kansas City District, NWK-14-0001, US Army Core of Engineers, Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), Trueb, , Maddox, , Smith, , Yochim, , Advancing Research in Biodiversity Science, NSF ARI-R2 Repair and Renovation, $1,512,426, 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2013. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), Gaps in Institutional Capacities in Relation to Biodiversity Priorities in Africa, JRS Foundation, $9,900, 12/31/2012. Foundation. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), Beach, , McMullen, , Dodds, , Andresen, , EPSCoR RII Track 2—A CyberCommons for Ecological Forecasting, NSF Collaborative Proposal, $6,000,000, 12/31/2009. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), Nagel, J., Braaten, S., Peterson, A. T., Wildcat, D., C-Change: Climate Change, Humans and Nature in the Global Environment, NSF: IGERT, $3,200,000, 12/31/2008. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), Peterson, T., (Co-Principal), Moyle, R., (Co-Principal), Brown, R., (Co-Principal), Robbins, M., (Co-Principal), Grose, M., (Co-Principal), Forecasting the Spread of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases, US Centers for Disease Control, $1,120,000, 12/31/2008. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), Expansions of the collections of the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, NSF, $498,821, 12/31/2007. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), An Ecoforecasting Center for the Great Plains, NSF, $6,837,783, 12/31/2006. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), Acquisition of an ABI 3100 Sequencer, Kansas NSF EPSCoR, $105,645, 12/31/2004. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), Beach, J., (Co-Principal), Vieglais, D., (Co-Principal), Peterson, T., (Co-Principal), Biodiversity Informatics Research and Bioterrorism, US Department of Defense, $2,000,000, 12/31/2004. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), AIBS consortium, , (Co-Principal), Hayden, B., (Co-Principal), NEON—Planning the National Ecological Observatory Network, NSF, $6,000,000, 12/31/2004. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), West, D., Ecological Niche Modeling: A new approach to analyzing the hominid record, NSF, $34,808, 12/31/2003. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), Beach, , (Co-Principal), A Biodiversity Information Technology Facility, US Department of Education, $1,275,000, 12/31/2001. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., Biodiversity Informatics, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, $250,000, 12/31/2001. Private. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., Knowledge Networking of Biodiversity Information, NSF, $81,819, 12/31/2001. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., Orr, J., (Principal), Linton, M., Initiative for Minority Student Development, NIH Education Grant, $2,000,000, 12/31/2000. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., Kolosick, J., Kemp, B., Interactive Learning Modules, Frueauff Foundation, $30,000, 12/31/2000. Foundation. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, NSF, $60,000, 12/31/2000. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), Beach, J., Knowledge Networking of Biodiversity Information, NSF, $200,000, 12/31/1999. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, NSF, $60,000, 12/31/1999. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), An Experimental Information Retrieval Protocol Test Bed for Biological Collection and Taxonomic Data, NSF: Z39.50, $99,430, 12/31/1998. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), Beach, , (Principal), Deploying a Community Software Application for Biocollections Information, NSF: OZ, $420,000, 12/31/1998. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), Niebaum, J., High-Performance Network Connection in Support of Meritorious Research at University of Kansas, NSF, $350,000, 12/31/1998. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), Knowledge Networking of Biodiversity Information, NSF, $2,000,000, 12/31/1998. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), NSF, $60,000, 12/31/1998. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., Supplement to 'Collaborative Workshop on the Mission and Design of a National Organization for Biodiversity Information', NSF, $15,153, 12/31/1998. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, NSF, $60,000, 12/31/1997. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., OZ: A National Biodiversity Informatics Capability, University of Kansas Research Development Fund, $29,500, 12/31/1997. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., Recovery, Preparation and Exhibit of the Wyoming Dinosaur Discovery, State of Kansas, Tourism Attraction Program, $55,000, 12/31/1997. State of Kansas. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., Supplement to 'Collaborative Workshop on the Mission and Design of a National Organization for Biodiversity Information', NSF, $13,633, 12/31/1997. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), Humphries, J., Beach, J., Acquisition of Computer Systems for Creating Analytical Interfaces to Diverse Environmental Data, Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, $150,000, 12/31/1996. State of Kansas. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Co-Principal), Humphries, J., Acquisition of Computer Systems for Creating Analytical Interfaces to Diverse Environmental Data, NSF/ARI, $362,003, 12/31/1996. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., (Principal), Humphries, J., Arzberger, P., Collaborative Workshop on the Mission and Design of a National Organization for Biodiversity Information, NSF, $70,000, 12/31/1996. Federal. Status: Funded.

Krishtalka, L., First Annual PEET Workshop on Information Acquisition and Dissemination, NSF, $57,224, 12/31/1996. Federal. Status: Funded.


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