Kaylee Herzog is a 2017–2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology. She received a B.S. (2014) in biology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, where her undergraduate research focused on parasites of stingrays and bony fishes, as well as aquatic invasive species. Herzog received an M.A. (2016) in ecology and evolutionary biology from KU for her thesis which examined the effect of host size and age on tapeworm species composition within a stingray host from the Indo-Pacific region. Her doctoral research focuses on the biodiversity of, and evolutionary relationships within, the tapeworm order Trypanorhyncha, members of which exclusively parasitize elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays) as adults. Specifically, Herzog is interested in questions related to host specificity and population genetic structure within the elasmobranch tapeworms, and as well as patterns of coevolution and codiversification between these parasites and their hosts. In addition to her research, Herzog is passionate about science outreach and communication. She is actively involved with numerous organizations and outreach efforts with the goal of making scientific research more accessible to the public, and inspiring enthusiasm for biological science and biodiversity in students of all ages.
Mentor: Kristen Jensen, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology