Mentors

Mentors

Mentors for the REU program are members of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU. Additionally, some faculty are members of the Biodiversity Institute (BI) or the Kansas Biological Survey (KBS). In 2015, some of the mentors are teams consisting of a graduate student and faculty member (see the project page for more details). For 2015 the mentors are:

Dr. Sharon Billings
Dr. Sharon Billings
Ecology
Evo-devo, cnidarians class Hydrozoa, gene expression, morphology, and phylogenetic patterns

Dr. Justin Blumenstiel
Dr. Justin Blumenstiel
Evolution
Evolution of genetic and epigenetics systems

Dr. Paulyn Cartright
Dr. Paulyn Cartright
Evolution, Systematics
Terrestrial ecosystem ecology and stable isotope biogeochemistry

Sally Chang
Sally Chang
Evolution, Systematics
Graduate student with Paulyn Cartwright
Invertebrate phylogenetics and evolution, evolutionary developmental biology

Kaila Colyott
kaila colyott
Evolution
Graduate student with Jennifer Gleason
Insect Behavior, Entomology, Sexual Selection

Alex Erwin
Alex Erwin
Evolution
Graduate student with Justin Blumenstiel
Epigenetic mechanisms

Jeremy Forsythe
Jeremy Forsythe
Ecology
Graduate student with Bryan Foster
Plant Community Ecology; Succession; Stochastic and Deterministic

Dr. Bryan Foster
Bryan Foster
KBS
Ecology

Plant community ecology, grassland biodiversity, ecosystem dynamic, disturbance ecology, restorationecology.

Dr. Jennifer Gleason
Jennifer Gleason
REU Program Director
Evolution

Evolutionary behavioral genetics, courtship behavior, Drosophila, molecular evolution.

Dr. Rich Glor
Rich Glor
BI
Evolution, Systematics

herpetology, evolution of biological diversity, speciation, phylogenetics

Dr. Lena Hileman
Lena Hileman
Evolution
Floral evolution, evolution of developmental genetic programs, molecular evolution, epigenetics.

Lukas Klicka
Lukas Klicka
Systematics
Graduate student with Rob Moyle
Phylogeography and population genetics

KJ Min
kyungjin min
Ecology
Graduate student with Sharon Billings
Climate change, biogeochemistry, soil organic matter

Dr. Mark Mort
Mark Mort
BI and REU Program Associate Director
Systematics, Ecology, Evolution

Angiosperm systematics, Crassulaceae (stonecrops), morphological and physiological evolution of flowering plants; diversification of island plant taxa.

Dr. Rob Moyle
Dr. Rob Moyle
BI
Systematics

Patterns and processes of avian diversification

Dr. Maria Orive
Maria Orive
Evolution, Modeling
Evolutionary theory, population genetics, symbiosis, population structure.

Dr. Dan Reuman
Dr. Dan Reuman
KBS
Ecology

Quantitative ecology, global change ecology, population ecology, community ecology, food webs, population dynamics, metabolic ecology

Paula Roy
Paula Roy
Evolution
Graduate student with Jennifer Gleason
Insect Behavior, Entomology, Sexual Selection

Dr. Jamie Walters
Jamie Walters
Evolution
Sexual Selection, Lepidoptera, Butterflies, Gene Expression, Bioinformatics, Molecular Evolution, Sex Chromosomes, Sperm Competition