I am currently accepting 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.
Joe Nelsen, PhD Student.
Interests: Agroecosystems, species interactions, insect ecology
Daley O'Keefe, PhD Student.
Interests: Invasive species, ant-microbe interactions, biological control.
Anna Lee, Undergraduate.
Interests: Ant ecology, systematics, taxonomy, behavior.
Josh Canning, Undergraduate.
Interests: Behavior, aggression, diet, and cognition.
Christina Martin, Undergraduate.
Interests: Apiculture, mycology
Dale Stevens, PhD Candidate.
Interests: Plasticity, evolution, behavior and morphology.
Brooke Harris, Master's Student.
Interests: Ecology, behavior, thermotolerance, climate change.
Amelia Curry, Master's Student.
Interests: plant-insect interactions, agroecology, climate change, tropical ecology.
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
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.