Maria Eifler

Collection Manager of Mammalogy, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
Primary office:
Dyche Hall, PSB



Ph.D.  1998, University of Kansas, Systematics and Ecology
M.S.  1986, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Ecology
B.A.  1984, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, Psychology; emphasis on Behavioral Biology


Animal Behavior: Haskell Indian Nations University (Instructor; 2005, 2006)
Animal Behavior Laboratory: Canisius College (Teaching Assistant; 1982-1984)
Biology of Organisms: Johnson County Community College (Instructor; 2011)
Biostatistics: University of Kansas (Teaching Assistant; 1996, 1997)
Ecology: Haskell Indian Nations University (Instructor; 2005)
Environmental Science Lab (Instructor; 2014)
General Botany: Johnson County Community College (Instructor; 2012)
Introductory Biology:  Interpretive Field Ecology:  University of Kansas (Instructor; 1994-1996)
Introductory Biology:  Laboratories: University of Kansas (Instructor; 1993, 1995)
Introductory Biology:  Lectures & Labs: University of Tennessee (Instructor; 1984-1986)
Introductory Biology:  Lectures & Labs: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (Instructor; 1999-2000)
Introductory Biology:  Lectures & Labs:  Johnson County Community College (Instructor, non-majors; 2013-2014)
Introductory Zoology: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (Instructor; 1999-2000)
Genetics, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Laboratories: Harvard University (Teaching Assistant; 1990) Genetics: University of Tennessee (Teaching Assistant; 1986)
Mammalogy: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (Instructor; 1999-2000)
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Laboratories:  Harvard University (Teaching Assistant; 1989)
Plant Ecology Laboratories: University of Botswana (Instructor; 2010)

Selected Grants

2011-2013:  National Science Foundation, “IRES [International Research Experience for Students]: Behavioral ecology of reptiles in the Namib Desert, Namibia” (Co-PI with D.A. Eifler), $150,000
1998-1999:  National Geographic Society, "Social organization of the gregarious Australian lizard, Egernia cunninghami," (Co-Investigator with D. A. Eifler as PI), $10,100
1995:  Panorama Society, University of Kansas Natural History Museum, "Activity patterns in overwintering cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus)," $500

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