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Outreach Committee - EEB Graduate Student Organization

EEB Graduate Students Outreach Committee and others that contribute to Girl Scouts: Kaila Colyott (Girl Scout Liaison), Andrew Mongue (Girl Scout Liaison), Sally Chang (Co-Chair), Emily Arsenault (GS Module Leader), Anna Klompen (Co-Chair), Kaylee Herzog, Alex Erwin (Girl Scout Liaison), Haifa Alhadyian, Steven Baca, Keely Brown, Matt Girard, Lucas Hemmer, Jacob Hopkins, Jack Hruska, Matt Jones, Amanda Katzer, Eleanor Stewart-Jones (KU Chemistry Club), Cindy Ly,Ryan Ridder, and Paula Roy.

Write up by KUNews about the accomplishments of the Outreach Committee for the KU EEB GSO, which began in 2014. By spring of 2018, the EEB GSO had worked with over 600 Girl Scouts and developed over 10 modules that explore aspect of insect collections, marine biology, paleontology, and exploring DNA.

Additional Write-ups

• Rock Chalk, STEM Hawks! GSKSMO Blog, Oct 2017. (

• GSKSMO Community Partner Award. KU EEB Outreach, May 2018. (


Flatworms featured!

I spent the majority of my four years at the College of William and Mary studying the predatory flatworm Stylochus ellipticus. This Chesapeake Bay native consumes oysters and barnacles, thus the common name "oyster leech," but the early life history had been poorly understood. These flatworms are indirect developers, meaning they hatch as a lobed, dispersive larva before metamorphosing into an adult flatworm. There are types of indirect developing polyclad larva: Müller's and Götte’s. Müller's larva had previously been cultured through metamorphosis, but, Götte’s larva, which includes S. ellpticus, had never previously been cultured to the juvenile stage. My research determined that these previously described non-feeding larvae are actually obligate plankotrophs. Not only do they require food, but very high concentrations of specific algal types. These larvae appear to require high concentrations because, instead of seeking out food, they only consume as much as they can run into, thus the reference to "cookie-monster" behavior.

Video taken by Dr. Jon Allen, undergraduate advisor, of S. ellipticus eggs hatching under the scope. These eggs are measured to be about 65 microns in size.

Celebrating early careers awards:

Sigma Xi Funding - February 2016 (left) and NOAA Hollings Fellowship - May 2015 (right)

Hollings Fellowship, NOAA Education Interview - 2016