Biodiversity Institute Fellows, we are honored to welcome you. You are one of the many distinguished research scientists and teachers who developed your passion for biodiversity science in Dyche Hall, Haworth, Snow, Lindley, Spooner, or the McGregor Herbarium. The Biodiversity Institute was your research home here at KU—where you hunkered down in the laboratory at all hours, lost yourself in the collections of animals and plants and fossils, and joined in the camaraderie of advisors, staff and fellow graduate students. You immersed yourself in myriad genes and species, in complex evolutionary patterns and processes, in analytical modeling and informatics, and in forecasting biodiversity phenomena. You helped make us a global leader in studying and stewarding the life of the planet. Read more...


2015 Graduates

We congratulate the following graduate students who have defended successfully in spring 2015:

Joshua Schmerge, PhD. 
Vertebrate Paleontology
Advisor: Stephen Hasiotis
Dissertation title: Interpretation of Euhapsine (Castoridae: Palaeocastorinae) Burrowing Behaviors Based on the Functional Anatomy of the Teeth and Skull With a Description of a New Species and Genus

Narayani Barve, PhD. 
Biodiversity Modeling
Advisor: A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation title:  Physiological constraints on geographic distribution of species
Hannah Owens, PhD. 

Advisor: A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation title:  Modeling species distributions: applications and methods for marine biogeography and conservation

Vijay Barve, PhD.
Advisors: J. Christopher Brown and A. Townsend Peterson
Dissertation title: Discovering and Developing Primary Biodiversity Data from Social Networking Sites

Carla Harper, PhD. 
Advisor: Thomas N. Taylor
The diversity and interactions of fungi from the Paleozoic and Mesozoic of Antarctica

Profile: Rebecca Pyles, PhD '88

Rebecca Pyles

Rebecca Pyles came to KU because of herpetologist Linda Trueb. The two met during a course offered at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where Dr. Trueb was a guest lecturer. “There weren't a lot of women leading and researching in biology then. Linda Trueb became a life mentor as well as an academic mentor,” Pyles said. “That mentorship is the reason I've been successful in honors education -- she taught me how to be a good mentor.” Read more...

Recent News


Krishtalka to Lead GBIF International Team Dedicated to Digitizing Collections
Biodiversity Institute director Leonard Krishtalka has been named chair of a team of experts who are charged with accelerating the discovery of and access to information about the world’s undigitized specimen collections. Convened by GBIF (the Global Biodiversity Information Facility), the task force on accelerating the discovery of bio-collections data will start by defining the essential information needed about various types of collections... Read more...