The Lake Erie Center
University of Toledo
6200 Bayshore Rd.
Oregon, OH 43616
biodiversity, speciation, phylogenetics, population/ conservation genomics, eDNA, invasive species monitoring, animal behavior
The University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
Advisor: Dr. Carl Gerhardt
The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Awards and Funding
2009 GAANN Fellowship-University of Missouri
2009 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant- American Natural History Museum
2009 TWA Scholarship-University of Missouri
2008 TWA Scholarship-University of Missouri
2008 John Bies International Travel Scholarship-University of Missouri
2007 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant- American Natural History Museum
2005 Life Sciences Fellowship-University of Missouri
1999 Wood’s Endowed Presidential Scholarship-University of Texas
Goldberg, S. C., Turner, C. R., Deiner, K., Klymus, K. E., Thomsen, P. F., Murphy, M. A., Spear, S. F., Mckee, A., Oyler-McCance, S., Cornmann, R. S., Laramie, M., Mahon, A. R., Lance, R., Pilliod, D. S., Stickler, K. M., Waits, L. P., Freimer, A. K., Takahara, T., Herder, J., and Taberlet, P. (Submitted). Critical considerations for the application of environmental DNA methods to detect aquatic species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
Klymus, K. E, Richter, C. A., Chapman, D., and Paukert, C. 2015. A reply to Iversen et al.’s comment “Monitoring of animal abundance by environmental DNA – an increasingly obscure perspective.” Biological Conservation. 192 (2015): 481 - 482.
Soamiarimampionona, J., Sam, S., Dolch, R., Klymus, K., Rabemananjara, F., Robsomanitrandrasana, E., Rakotoarisoa, J., and Edmonds, D. Effects of three diets on development of Mantidactylus betsileanus larvae in captivity. Alytes. 23: 7-15.
Klymus, K. E, Richter, C. A., Chapman, D., and Paukert, C. 2015. Quantification of eDNA shedding rates from invasive bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) and silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix). Biological Conservation. 183(2015): 77-84.
Klymus, K. E., Humfeld, S. C., Marshall, V. T., Cannatella, D., and Gerhardt, H. C. 2010. Molecular patterns of differentiation in canyon treefrogs (Hyla arenicolor): evidence for introgressive hybridization with the Arizona treefrog (H. wrightorum) and correlations with advertisement call differences. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23 (7): 1425-1435.
Klymus, K. E., Humfeld, S. C., and Gerhardt, H. C. 2012. Geographic variation in male advertisement calls and female preference of the wide-ranging canyon treefrog, Hyla arenicolor. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 107(1): 219-232.
Klymus, K. E., and Gerhardt, H. C. 2012. AFLPs resolve intra-specific relationship and infer genetic structure among lineages of the canyon treefrog, Hyla arenicolor. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 65(2): 654-667.
Klymus, K. E, Richter, C. A., Chapman, D., and Paukert, C. ECALS (eDNA Calibration Study) July 2013 Report: Calibration – Loading/ Shedding Rates of eDNA by Asian Carps Part 1. http://www.asiancarp.us/ecals.htm
Klymus, K. E, Richter, C. A., Chapman, D., and Paukert, C. ECALS (eDNA Calibration Study) December 2013 Report: Calibration – Loading/ Shedding Rates of eDNA by Asian Carps Part 2. http://www.asiancarp.us/ecals.htm
Presentations (* Presenter)
*Klymus, K. E., Marshall, N., and Stepien, C. A. “Invertebrate Species Detection in the Great Lakes Through Next Generation Sequencing of eDNA.” 2015. Ohio State University Research Review. Columbus, OH
Klymus,K. E., *Richter, C., Chapman, D., and Paukert, C. “ Quantification of eDNA shedding rates from invasive bighead carp, Hypopthalmichthys nobilis and silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix”. 2014. American Fisheries Society, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
*Amberg, J., McCalla S., Merkes, C., Lance, R., Edwards, C., Farrington, H., Guan, X., Carr, M., Bascom, K., Klymus, K., Richter, C., Gaikowski, M. “Advancements in markers and the detection of bigheaded carp DNA from environmental samples.” 2014. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference; Kansas City, KS
*Klymus, K. E., Richter, C., Chapman, D., and Paukert, C. “DNA shedding rates of Asian Carps, for use in understanding field collections of environmental DNA.” 2013.
International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species; Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
International Association for Great Lakes Research; West Lafayette, IN
International Congress for Conservation Biology; Baltimore, MD
American Fisheries Society; Little Rock, AR
*Klymus, K. E., Humfeld, S.C., and Gerhardt, H. C. “Phylogenetic and Behavioral Differentiation in the Canyon Treefrog, Hyla arenicolor.” 2012. World Congress of Herpetology. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
*Klymus, K. E., Humfeld, S. C., Marshall, V. T., and Gerhardt, H. C. “Behavioral differentiation within a possible cryptic species complex, the canyon treefrog, Hyla arenicolor.” 2011. Animal Behavior Society; Bloomington, IN
*Klymus, K. E., Humfeld, S. C., Marshall, V. T., Cannatella, D., and Gerhardt, H.C. “Behavioral and molecular differentiation within a possible cryptic species complex, the canyon treefrog, Hyla arenicolor.” 2010. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology; Seattle, WA
*Klymus, K. E., Humfeld, S. C., Marshall, V. T., Cannatella, D., and Gerhardt, H.C. “The canyon treefrog, Hyla arenicolor, unraveling a cryptic species.” 2009. American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists; Portland, OR
*Klymus, K. E., and Gerhardt, H. C. “Using AFLPs to explore intra-specific and inter-specific divergences in the canyon treefrog, Hyla arenicolor, and related species.” 2011.
Evolution Conference Norman, OK
Ecological Genomics Symposium, Kansas City, KS
*Humfeld,S.C., Klymus, K. E., and Gerhardt, H. C. “Molecular and behavioral evolution in U.S. populations of Hyla arenicolor.” 2009. Evolution Conference Moscow, ID
*Klymus, K. E., and Schul. J. “Evolution of female leader preference in the Genus Neoconocephalus (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae).” 2006. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference St. Louis, MO
*Klymus, K. E., and Schul, J. “Selective phonotaxis in Neoconocephalus nebrascensis (Orthoptera:Tettigoniidae): absence of a leader preference.” 2006. Animal Behavior Society Meeting Snowbird, UT
*Veilleux, C.C., Klymus K.E., and Kirk, E.C. “A behavioral method for measuring visual acuity in non-human primates.” 2006. American Society of Primatologists. San Antonio, TX
*Klymus, K. E., Marshall, N., and Stepien, C. A. “Invertebrate Species Detection in the Great Lakes Through Next Generation Sequencing.” 2014. Advanced Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Workshop (US EPA). Duluth, MN
*Klymus, K. E., Humfeld, S.C., and Gerhardt, H. C. “Investigating anuran cryptic species complexes through acoustic studies.” 2014. Acoustical Society of America; Providence, RI
*Klymus, K. E., “Studying behavior and communication in frogs.” 2009. Universidad de la Sierra Juarez; Ixtlan, Oaxaca, Mexico
2012-2014 Post-doctoral Research, University of Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, Columbia, MO
Assessing eDNA (environmental DNA) as a tool for detection of invasive Asian Carp
2005-2011 Dissertation Research, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Investigating genetic and phenotypic differentiation among populations of the canyon treefrog
2005 Research Assistant for Carrie Veilleux, Universtiy of Texas, Austin, TX
Studying visual acuity in blue-eyed black lemurs
2004 Laboratory Technician for Oliver Pergams, Brookfield, Zoo, Brookfield, IL
1997-2000 Laboratory Technician for Eric Pianka, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Instructor, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
2013 Applied Conservation Genetics (Graduate Topics Course)
Teaching Assistant, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
2012 Introductory Zoology Laboratory
2012 General Biology Laboratory (Non-majors)
2009, 2010, 2011 General Biology Laboratory (Majors)
2012 Volunteer iguana field assistant (British Virgin Islands), Kelly Bradley, Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, TX
2004-2005 Caretaker of frog colony for Mike Ryan, University of Texas, Austin, TX
2004-2005 Veterinary/Kennel Assistant, Abraham Veterinary Clinic, Austin, TX
2004 Zoo Keeper (seasonal) Children’s Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL
2003 Conservation Biology Intern, Sue Margulis, Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL
2003 Volunteer bat biology field assistant (Panama), Page Warren, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Outreach and Academic Service
2011 Graduate Certificate in Science Outreach, University of Missouri
2008-2011 Women in Science, Instructor, Girl Scouts of America, Columbia MO
2009, 2010 Workshop Instructor for Zion Canyon Field Institute, Zion National Park, UT
2008-2009 Science and Me Series Presenter, University of Missouri
2006-2008 Conservation Biology Program Seminar Coordinator, University of Missouri
2006-2010 Co-coordinator of GSSO, Graduate Student volunteer outreach program, University of Missouri
2006,2008,2009 Coordinator of BioBlitz-Community Natural History Event, Columbia, MO
2005-2010 Raptor Rehabilitation Project, University of Missouri
2000-2002 Environmental Awareness Volunteer, Peace Corps, Benin, West Africa,
1996-2000 Tutor/Educator, Young Scientists and Project SEEE, Austin, TX
- European Society for Evolutionary Biology
- Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
- Animal Behavior Society