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Kathryn Everson

PhD Student at University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Alaska Museum

About Me

I am a PhD student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Museum. I study evolution, biogeography, and species delimitation on Madagascar, with a focus on small mammals in the family Tenrecidae (tenrecs). I also teach and promote graphic design skills for scientists, especially in the creation of academic conference posters.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…


  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

    • 2017 PhD, Evolutionary Biology
  • The Ohio State University

    • 2012 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


I have served as a Teaching Assistant for evolution and general biology courses at The Ohio State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I have also led graduate student workshops on designing academic posters.

My teaching capabilities include…


My PhD research focuses on phylogeography and species delimitation in Madagascar's tenrecs. Using DNA sequences and geographic data, I study the forces driving biodiversity in Madagascar's eastern humid forest, a global biodiversity hotspot. I am also identifying new species and diagnosing species limits in tenrecs, an understudied mammalian lineage.

My research interests include…

  • Madagascar
  • Phylogeography
  • Species delimitation
  • Tenrecidae


  • University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Alaska Museum

    • 6/2012 PhD Student and Research Assistant
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

    • 1/2013 - 6/2014 Teaching Assistant, Biology 481: Evolution
  • The Ohio State University

    • 3/2012 - 6/2012 Teaching Assistant, Biology 113
  • Ology Magazine, The Ohio State University

    • 9/2010 - 11/2011 Co-Founder & Art Manager
  • The Ohio State University

    • 9/2010 - 6/2012 Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab Assistant


  • Graduate Student Award

    2013 Society of Systematic Biologists

  • Honorable Mention, Graduate Student Fellowship Program

    2012 National Science Foundation

  • Student Travel Award

    2014 UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics

  • Grant for Biological Research in Brazil

    2011 FIPSE-CAPES

  • Maximus Academic Scholarship

    2008 $10,800 (USD), The Ohio State University


  • Evolutionary relationships and divergence timing of the subfamily Oryzorictinae

    6/2013 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists; Philadelphia, PA

  • Evolution and diversity of Madagascar's tenrecs

    3/2013 Midnight Sun Science Symposium; Fairbanks, Alaska

  • Reproductive biology of Bay Lavender (Poster)

    6/2013 The 12th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas; San Salvador Island, Bahamas

  • Designing Scientific Posters

    9/2013 University of Alaska Fairbanks; BioBites Seminar Series

  • Adobe InDesign for Scientists (workshop)

    11/2012 University of Alaska Fairbanks; BioBites Seminar Series


  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Society of Systematic Biologists
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • IUCN Afrotherian Specialist Group


  • English


  • Portuguese


  • Spanish