Evolutionary genomics in butterflies, moths, and beyond…

Our lab is based in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) department at the University of Kansas (KU).  Our research combines advanced genomic methodologies with basic organismal biology to better understand evolutionary processes at the molecular level.  Mostly we work with butterflies and moths on questions related to sex chromosome evolution and reproductive traits, but there are lots of other interesting questions and critters that would be welcome in our lab.  Check out what we do, and definitely get in touch if you would like to work with us.  The lab is ready to grow!


We have an excellent and broadly scoped research community here at KU.  Research in our home department, EEB, ranges from population genetics to ecosystem ecology.  Beyond EEB, our lab maintains strong connections to programs and researchers in Molecular Biosciences, Computational Life Sciences, the Biodiversity Institute, and Monarch Watch. This network of expertise, resources, and collaborators creates a dynamic scientific and learning environment.  Contact Jamie Walters to learn more about joining the lab.




NSF Integration Institute development grant funded

July 10, 2020

A new NSF grant has been awarded, in part, to the Walters Lab. Jamie is co-PI with two other researchers on an NSF Biologogica Integration Institute a...

Welcome new student Katie McLaughlin

June 1, 2020

The Walters lab warmly welcomes Katie McLaughlin as a new graduate student. Katie will be pursuing research in sperm proteomics and molecular evolutio...

Dosage comepnsation in Monarch butterfly

December 4, 2020

We've recently published a major research effort in the lab, focusing on sex chromosome dosage compensation in monarch butterfly. Our results how a st...

Andrew Mongue, PhD!

September 20, 2019

Congratulations to Andrew Mongue, the first PhD student to graduate from the Walters Lab.  Andrew successfully defended his PhD, focusing on the molec...

New post-doc, Melissa Plakke, IRACDA Fellow

August 1, 2019

We are delighted to welcome Melissa Plakke to the Walters Lab. Melissa has received an NIH IRACDA fellowship to pursue a combination of research and t...

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