Welcome to the KU Undergraduate Human Anatomy website. I am the director of anatomy and teach the anatomy courses at KU. I also obtained my PhD from KU and taught, as a graduate student, both dissection and observation labs for three years.
My responsibility as an educator goes beyond transmitting knowledge or facilitating learning of my students. I am convinced that learning values and attitudes such as honesty, fairness, open-mindedness, collaboration, respect towards each other, and confidence with their own ideas are just as important in the students’ professional and personal education as learning a new body of knowledge. I believe there is no better way to learn than by experience, and the best way to teach is by example.
My research interest is in evolutionary biologist, writer and academic consultant. I am primarily interested in obtaining a holistic understanding of the evolutionary history and diversification of bees, the most important pollinators of flowering plants. Although I have devoted most of my time to these areas, I have also been involved in other fields of research, including evolutionary ecology, behavioral ecology, pollination biology and ethnobiology. I actively participate in a number of academic activities as well as educational events that involve government and non-government organizations to educate the public about science and conservation of native pollinators. I conduct research in North, Central and South America, as well as in Turkey and Greece.