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Participating AU mentors are experts in synergistic ecological disciplines (see below) and have significant experience training undergraduate student research.  Moreover, our mentors are passionate about training undergraduate students and will participate in all aspects of the REU Site program.  Students chosen to participate in the REU program are encouraged to identify mentors whose research interests parallel their own to develop an interesting research project soon after arriving in Auburn.  We intend to have each REU student be mentored by two or three faculty with complementary yet different expertise.  Check out the tentative REU project ideas.

Ash Abebe

Dr. Ash Abebe

Research Interests: Nonparametric statistics



Dr. Sushil Adhikari

Research Interests: biofuels, bioenergy


chris anderson

Dr. Chris Anderson

Research Interests: Wetland and floodplain ecology, urban ecology, land use, stream ecology


Loka Ashwood 

Dr. Loka Ashwood

Research Interests: Water quality, environmental sociology


REU mentor - Dennis DeVries

Dr. Dennis DeVries

Research Interests: Fisheries management, fish ecology, conservation


Yucheng Feng 

Dr. Yucheng Feng

Research Interests: Microbial ecology, microbial community structure and function, soil and water interface, water quality


Latif Kalin 

Dr. Latif Kalin

Research Interests: Hydrology, water quality, modeling, watershed, nutrient cycling


Jasmeet Lamba 

Dr. Jasmeet Lamba

Research Interests: Watershed modeling, hydrology, water quality


Ming-Kuo Lee 

Dr. Ming-Kuo Lee

Research Interests: Hydrology, environmental geology, groundwater


Jamie Oaks 

Dr. Jamie Oaks

Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology, biogeography, population genetics


Brenda Ortiz 

Dr. Brenda Ortiz

Research Interests: Climate, land-water interactions, eutrophication, extension and outreach


Tonia Schwartz 

Dr. Tonia Schwartz

Research Interests: Evolution of stress, maternal effects, epigenetics


Todd Steury

Dr. Todd Steury

Research Interests: Statistics, population ecology, species interactions


Dan Warner 

Dr. Dan Warner

Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology, plasticity, phenotypic selection


Matt Waters 

Dr. Matt Waters

Research Interests: Paleolimnology, climate change, eutrophication


Alan Wilson 

Dr. Alan Wilson

Research Interests: Community and population ecology, predator-prey interactions, field experiments, plankton dynamics


Rusty Wright 

Dr. Rusty Wright

Research Interests: Fisheries management, community ecology, trophic interactions, outreach


mentor spotlight

Dr. Alan Wilson