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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.


chris anderson

Dr. Chris Anderson

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


Ash Bullard

Dr. Ash Bullard

Research Interests: Parasitology, species diversity


Ian Butts

Dr. Ian Butts

Research Interests: Reproductive physiology, gene banking, sexual selection, hatchery science


REU mentor - Dennis DeVries

Dr. Dennis DeVries

Research Interests: Fisheries management, fish ecology, conservation


Lori Eckhardt

Dr. Lori Eckhardt

Research Interests: Mycology, entomology, host-pathogen-insect interactions, forest health


Brendan Higgins

Dr. Brendan Higgins

Research Interests: Biofuels, wastewater treatment, species interactions


Jamie Oaks 

Dr. Jamie Oaks

Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology, biogeography, population genetics


Tonia Schwartz

Dr. Tonia Schwartz

Research Interests: Evolution of stress, maternal effects, epigenetics


Dan Warner 

Dr. Dan Warner

Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology, plasticity, phenotypic selection


Matt Waters 

Dr. Matt Waters

Research Interests: Paleolimnology, climate change, eutrophication


Nathan Whelan

Dr. Nathan Whelan

Research Interests: Evolution, conservation genetics, systematics and taxonomy


Alan Wilson 

Dr. Alan Wilson

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


mentor spotlight

Dr. Alan Wilson