I am currently accepting both PhD and Masters students.  If interested, please send me an email at KMathis 'at' clarku.edu with your CV and research interests.

Want to Join the Lab?

Information for Undergraduate Students

My lab has ample opportunities for learning about insect ecology and taxonomy, field ecology, agroecosystems, and chemical ecology. I am looking for students to do lab work during the school year and offer research opportunities in both the field and lab during the summer.  Please send an email to KMathis ‘at’ clarku.edu if interested.

Information for Graduate Students

Current Lab Members

Kate Mathis, Professor. I am an ecologist studying complex species interactions, particularly those involving social insects in agroecosystems.

Dale Stevens, PhD Candidate. 

Interests: Plasticity, evolution, behavior  and morphology.


Joe Nelsen, PhD Student. 

Interests: Agroecosystems, species interactions, insect ecology

Brooke Harris, Undergraduate. 

Interests: Ecology, behavior, thermotolerance, climate change.

Josh Canning, Undergraduate. 

Interests: Behavior, aggression, diet, and cognition.

Anna Lee, Undergraduate. 

Interests: Ant ecology, systematics, taxonomy, behavior​.

Amelia Curry, Undergraduate. 

Interests: plant-insect interactions, agroecology, climate change, tropical ecology.

Lab Alumni

Hannah Cooper, Undergraduate. 

Project: Seed dispersal patterns of desert ants.

Olivia Anastasio, MS Student. 

Project: Impacts of Invasive Ant-Hemipteran Interactions, Edge Effects

and Habitat Complexities on the Spatial Distribution of Ants.

Kelsey Perry, Undergraduate. 

Project:  Freight Farm nutrient uptake.

Katerina Pela, Undergraduate. 

Project:  Acorn nesting ant gut microbiomes.

Bailey Ross, Undergraduate. Steinbrecker Fellow

Project: Seed preferences of native seed predators in Southwestern Arizona

Emily Maynard, Honor's Student

Project: The Impact of Herbicide Mesquite Management on Ant and Arthropod Community Richness and Composition

Christina Kopacz, MS Student. 

Project: Ant and rodent seed preference in the Arizona Grasslands