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Kathryn E. Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Education:
Postdoctoral Fellow - UNC and Duke University.
Ph.D. University of Alabama
M.S. Angelo State University
B.S. Angelo State University

Office Location: 3009 Cowley Hall.
Office Phone: 608-785-6998
Email Address: kperez@uwlax.edu
Web Page: Perez Lab

Specialties: Evolution, Evolution Education, Systematics, Phylogeography, Land and Freshwater Snails

Research Description: My research integrates evolutionary biology and ecology, specifically applying the tools of molecular and morphological systematics and ecology to study taxonomy, ecology, conservation, and phylogeography of land and freshwater snails. One major research project studies the systematics and taxonomy of the Polygyridae, a family of land snails in the United States and Mexico. A second research area is the study of the origin and colonization of the invasive freshwater snail Bithynia tentaculata. A third ongoing research project examines the distribution and diversity of Wisconsin land snails using spatial analyses, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental niche modeling. Finally, I am conducting several research projects on how students learn evolutionary concepts.