Mammalogy Research

KU Mammalogy is a nexus of diverse research. We use genomics, morphometrics, stable isotopes, ecological niche modeling, parasites and pathogens, and machine learning, among other techniques, to better understand mammal ecology and evolution.
3 mammal specimens with black and white fur

We use mammals as models for understanding how organisms, communities, and ecosystems change over time. Research in KU Mammalogy leverages all aspects of ‘extended specimen’ data from genomics to ecology, with major areas of interest in:

  • Hybridization across complex landscapes
  • Adaptation to extreme environments
  • Linked evolution of parasites, pathogens and mammalian hosts

For more details, visit the Colella Lab webpage. More information can also be found at Dr. Colella's full lab website