At the Biodiversity Institute, we study the changing life and cultures of the planet — their composition, their evolutionary history, their geographic spread, their physical, genetic and behavioral characteristics, and their vital ecological systems.
Our archaeological investigations, grounded in collections of 1.2 million artifacts, document and reveal the cultural history of Great Plains peoples. Worldwide survey and collecting expeditions discover and document our fantastic diversity of animals and plants, many of which are threatened or endangered. Analyses of genetic, physical and behavioral characteristics of living and extinct species reveal their intricate history and kinships across space and time.
With the latest, powerful tools of information technology, we harness the biological data associated with our 8 million specimens of animals and plants to forecast critical environmental events, such as the spread of diseases, invasive species and agricultural pests, and the effect of climate change on our planet’s animals and plants.
Comprehensive Biotic Survey of Philippine Land Vertebrates and their ParasitesThis project represents an integrated team effort to comprehensively survey, review, and summarize the biodiversity of terrestrial vertebrates and parasites from the megadiverse, global conservation hotspot, the Philippines. Together with many collaborators and students we will survey vertebrate and parasite diversity at more than 50 sites throughout the...
Lichenized fungi (or lichens) are fungus species with a photosynthethic organism (a green alga or cyanobacterium)...
Sampling of birds to develop modern series of specimens and tissue samples for avian systematics.
Archaeology Details(past cultures)
Material culture studies of prehistoric and early historic peoples of the Great Plains, lithic and ceramic analysis, geoarchaeology and paleoethnobotany.
Mary Adair 785.864.2675
Global bee diversity, fossil insects and Midwestern, Mexican, and tropical insects.
Michael Engel 785.864.2319
Invertebrate Zoology Details(Sea Anemones, Corals, Jellyfish, Mollusks and Worms)
Sea anemones and earthworms
Daphne Fautin 785.864.3062
Evolution and systematics of teleost fishes.
Andrew Bentley 785.864.3863
Invertebrate Paleontology Details(Fossil Mollusks, Trilobites, Brachiopods, Crinoids and Corals)
Phylogenetic patterns in arthropods; paleobiogeography; and the study of the Cambrian radiation
Bruce Lieberman 785.864.2741
Una Farrell 785.864.2747
conservation of Latin American mammals; population ecology, host-parasite relationships, and disease ecology of mammals of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains; historical biogeography and evolution of Southeast Asian bats and insectivores; and phylogeography of Pacific Northwest mammals
Robert Timm 785.864.3047
Extensive program of avian inventories worldwide, with recent sampling trips to Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Fiji, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, and Palau. Expertise in molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography, niche modeling and biogeography, and pathogen surveillance in birds.
Robert Moyle 785.864.1870
A. Townsend Peterson 785.864.3926
Mark Robbins 785.864.3657
Paleobotany Details(Fossil Plants)
The anatomy, morphology and reproductive biology, as well as plant-animal and plant-microbe interactions of the flora of the Late Permian (~250 million years ago) and Middle Triassic (238 mya) floras from Antarctica.
Edith Taylor 785.864.3621
Thomas Taylor 785.864.3625
Rudolph Serbet 785.864.3410
Vertebrate Paleontology Details(Fossil Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals)
Paleozoic and Mesozoic fishes, Paleozoic tetrapods, Mesozoic marine vertebrates, Cenozoic small mammals and Natural Trap Cave fauna
Desui Miao 785.864.3317