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.
Full CV [Dec 2016]
Email: s953b810/at/ ku.edu
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.
I employ a broad range of tools such as ecological niche modeling, morphological and molecular phylogenetics, and alpha taxonomy to understand the influence of environmental patterns on morphological diversity, particularly in leaf-beetles.
Alex T. Kohlenberg
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: kohlenberg / at / ku.edu
My research focuses on the systematics of water scavenger beetles belonging to the subfamily Acidocerinae. I am using a combination of morphological data and molecular data to revise a group of Neotropical taxa.