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2024 Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference at KU May 20–31

iDigBio, the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA), and The University of Kansas's Biodiversity Research Institute are delighted to announce the 2024 Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, 29-31 May, with this edition of the conference again offering both in-person and virtual…

EEB’s Katya Mack featured in UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Newsletter

The publication “Gene regulation helps species thrive in new climates” is highlighted in the Winter 2024 edition.

Timm receives Jackson Award for Outstanding Service

The American Society of Mammalogists recognizes Dr. Robert M. Timm, professor emeritus, as the 2023 recipient of the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award. Timm joined the KU Natural History Museum as curator-in-charge of mammals in 1986 and as a faculty member in the Department of Systematics and Ecology,…

Kelly Matsunaga Receives NSF Career Award

Kelly Matsunaga, assistant curator of paleobotany and Thomas N. Taylor Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The grant, which totals over $946,000, will fund research and…


More than 20 of those students are focused on Biological, Physical and Other Sciences. Among the recipients are students mentored by Benjamin Sikes, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and the Molecular Biosciences Department’s Josephine Chandler, Robin Orozco, Kristi Neufeld, Dan Dixon, and Lynn…

KU KUDOS: Jayhawk Faculty and Staff Achievements, January 2024

Congrats! Liz Koziol, assistant research professor for the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research, was awarded the Women in Science Incentive Prize from The Story Exchange. Her Startup Aims to Revolutionize Soil Health (

VIDEO: KU Field Station researchers use fire to protect the forest

Staff from the KU Field Station and the Kansas Forest Service worked together last autumn to conduct a prescribed burn of the Rice Woodland tract of the Baldwin Woods Forest Preserve outside of Lawrence. Though it seems destructive, this process allows native plant life to thrive by controlling…

APPLY NOW! Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Applications Due Feb. 28

The University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Kansas Biological Survey is recruiting students to participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity in Summer 2024. The REU opportunities are part of the New Roots for Restoration Biology Integration…

Age-dependent extinction and the neutral theory of biodiversity

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) features article from James G. Saulsbury, postdoctoral researcher in EEB and the Biodiversity Institute. Like people, species have lifespans: they originate at some time, get older, and eventually go extinct. This new work shows that a simple…

Drs. Jorge Soberon and Town Peterson are named Distinguished Fellows of the International Biogeography Society!

University Distinguished Professors in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Town Peterson and Jorge Soberón, who is also director of the KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum, have been named 2024 International Biogeography Society Distinguished Fellows. Fellows are chosen for their…

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