Principal Investigator

Dr. Andrew E. Z. Short

Professor & Senior Curator
Associate Chair of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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Email: aezshort /at/ ku.edu

Office phone: 785.864.2323

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

Sarah Schmits

Digitization Specialist

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.

Graduate Students

Liza Maria Gonzalez Rodriguez

MS Student

Email: liza.maria.gonzalez.r/ at/ ku.edu

Liza's work focuses on the taxonomy and systematics of the water scavenger beetles (Hydrophilidae). She is currently working on the genus Notionotus.

Peter Willadsen

PhD Student

Email: pwilladsen /at/ ku.edu

Larissa Santana

PhD Student

Co-advised with Neusa Hamada and 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.

Janderson Alencar

PhD Student

Co-advised with Neusa Hamada and based at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil

Janderson is studying the taxonomy and ecology of aquatic beetles living in seepage habitats in the mountain ranges of east-central Brazil.


Alexandra Coveney

Undergraduate Assistant

Lab Alumni

Stephen Baca, PhD '21 (now IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow)

Devin Bloom, Postdoctoral Researcher (now Western Michigan University)

Bruno Clarkson, PhD '14, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Jacob Dixon, REU Student

Jennifer Girón, PhD '19 (now Postdoctoral Researcher, Purdue University)

Frazier Graham, REU Student

Grey T. Gustafson, Postdoctoral Researcher (now Northern Arizona University)

Vanessa Kadosoe, MS '14, National University of Suriname (now National Zoological Collection of Suriname)

Alex Kohlenberg, REU/Senior Thesis Student

Crystal Maier, PhD '16 (now MCZ, Harvard University)

Clay McIntosh, REU Student

Rachel Neff, MA' 22 (now Prairie Park Nature Center)

Marianna Simoes, PhD '17, (now Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum)

Emmanuel Toussaint, Postdoctoral Researcher (now Natural History Museum of Geneva)



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