Rachel Osborn

Rachel K. Osborn
  • Collection Manager - Entomology

Contact Info

Public Safety Building, 140F
1501 Crestline
Lawrence, KS 66045


I’m passionate about helping scientists, students, and others use insect collections for science, education, and more. I have a special fondness for Neotropical beetles.


Ph.D. in Entomology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University, 2022
B.A. in Entomology and Conservation Biology, Hampshire College, 2007

Selected Publications

Osborn, R. K., J. Castro, T. A. Duong, J. Hulcr, Y. Li, M. Martínez, and A. I. Cognato. 2023. Symbiotic fungi associated with xyleborine ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and the imperative of global collaboration. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 116(1): 51–71. DOI:10.1093/aesa/saac024.

Cognato, A. I., W. Taft, R. K. Osborn, and D. Rubinoff. 2023. Multi-gene phylogeny of North American clear-winged moths (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae): a foundation for future evolutionary study of a speciose mimicry complex. Cladistics. 39: 1–17.  DOI:10.1111/cla.12515.

Osborn, R. K., S. M. Smith, and A. I. Cognato. 2022. New xyleborine (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) genus with an Afrotropical-Neotropical distribution. Insect Systematics and Diversity. 6(4): 1–20.  DOI:10.1093/isd/ixac016.

Osborn, R. K., M. E. Ordóñez, and A. I. Cognato. 2022. Ecuadorian Coptoborus beetles harbor Fusarium and Graphium fungi previously associated with Euwallacea ambrosia beetles. Mycologia. 114(3): 487–500.  DOI:10.1080/00275514.2022.2065441.