My work revolves around the evolution and diversity of aquatic beetles. I use a combination of molecular, morphological, and field data to understand how these organisms are related and distributed.
Postdocs & Staff
My research focuses on the systematics and phylogenetics of aquatic beetles, particularly the whirligig beetles (the family Gyrinidae). I utilize phylogenetic reconstruction to study their evolution and diversification and am interested in the interplay between sexual selection and speciation in this group, as well as their historical biogeography.
Email: scschmits/at/ ku.edu
I coordinate the lab's informatics and database activities, including our participation in Invertnet and work to develop digital infrastructure for the National Water Quality Collection in collaboration with the University of Minnesota.
My research focuses on the systematics of the aquatic beetle family Noteridae (Coleoptera: Adephaga). I am currently working on several projects related to the the phylogenetics of Noteridae using both Sanger sequencing and the targeted capture of Ultraconserved Elements, revising poorly known noterid genera/groups and describing new genera and species.
I’m broadly interested in the morphology, systematics, biodiversity and biogeography of Neotropical beetles. My current research focuses in reconstructing the phylogenetic history of water scavenger beetles of the subfamily Acidocerinae (Hydrophilidae). I will also investigate morphological characters associated with niche shifts in acidocerines.
Based at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil
Larissa is working on the systematics and evolution of the giant water scavenger beetle genus Hydrobiomorpha.
Tanner is a Herpetologist at heart but moonlights in our lab as a curatorial assistant, preparing and labeling specimens from our most recent expeditions. He also participated in our 2017 Suriname fieldwork.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am currently studying the hydrophilid genus Tobochares, including describing some new species from Brazil.
Devin Bloom, Postdoctoral Researcher (now Western Michigan University)
Bruno Clarkson, PhD '14, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Jacob Dixon, REU Student
Frazier Graham, REU Student
Vanessa Kadosoe, MS '14, National University of Suriname
Alex Kohlenberg, REU/Senior Thesis Student
Crystal Maier, PhD '16 (now Field Museum)
Clay McIntosh, REU Student,
Marianna Simoes, PhD '17, (now Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum)
Emmanuel Toussaint, Postdoctoral Researcher