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. 


Join us for a zoom lecture!

Sunday, April 16th, 2023

Help us fund our Tunisian Lizard Camp!

Lizard camp is a hands on research training experience for emerging women in science. We will be doing much needed ecologgical resaearch on the reptiles of north Africa while helping train the next generation of Tunisian ecologists! Your donations are needed to make this possible! 

New publication!

This is the first publication from the KU ecology club (SEEDS) on the wall lizards in Lawrence, Kansas. 

Read the full paper here: 

Microhabitat use by sympatric introduced Italian Wall Lizard, Podarcis siculus (Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1810), and native Five-lined Skink, Plestiodon fasciatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Erell gives a 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!

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!!