Erell Institute

education through research

Our Mission

We aim to develop the curiosity and creativity of the next generation of scientists. To do this we organize research experiences that enable people from all backgrounds to take part in the process of science. Each experience brings a team of diverse researchers together to develop a question, work together to collect and analyze data that will answer their question, and present their answers to the scientific community as well as the general public. 


Upcoming Talks from Erell

Movement ecology: lizards and the path to enlightenment

Memphis, TN

Rhodes College

October 9th, 2023

Lizards tails tales: creative challenges to life’s solutions.
A (cold-blooded comedic) presentation.

Lawrence, KS

Baker Wetlands Discover Center

December 2nd, 2023

Salt Basin Sand Dunes, TX - Read the Zine

2022 lizard camp ZINE.pdf

SEEDS National Field Trip

From 12-15 October 2023, Doug and Maria Eifler participated as 2 of 6 mentors for the SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability of the Ecological Society of America) national field trip to the Konza Prairie biological station in Manhattan, Kansas. There were 22 student participants in the program, coming from all over the US (e.g., California, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Carolina, Kansas, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands). Station personnel gave talks on long-term ecological research occurring at Konza, as well as tours of the station. Doug served on a Q&A panel focused on professional development and navigating career trajectories. The attending mentors guided students through a research project that they planned and carried out in small groups and then presented on the last evening of the trip.

Check out the report from Lizard Camp '23

Lizard camp is a hands on research training experience for emerging women in science. 

Recent publication

The Wall Lizard Task Force just released their first publication on the common wall lizards in Lawrence, KS. The paper explores the relationship and potential competition between the introduced Italian Wall Lizards and native Five-lined skinks in Lawrence and the surrounding areas. Check it out below!

Erell gives talk in Tunisia

In partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, Doug, Maria, and Makenna presented a seminar on the meaning of life in January!

Kaera's Master's thesis is published

SEEDS Meetup 2022

Maria and Doug are the sponsors for the Kansas University Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability program (SEEDS) chapter. We recently had the chance to meet with other chapters from Colorado for a weekend of camping! Highlights included visits to Comanche National Grassland, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and TCN Zapata Ranch. Thanks to ESA for funding the experience and to Makenna Orton for organizing everything!