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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933


Dr. Daniel MarschalekDaniel Marschalek

Assistant Professor of Biology


B.S. - Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998
B.S. – Entomology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998
M.S. - Biology - Ecology Program, San Diego State University, 2005
Ph.D. - Entomology (minor in Botany), University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013

My research experience spans the fields of entomology, ecology, and conservation. I combine quantitative entomological and ecological research with the goal of informing data-driven decisions for the management and conservation of native species and communities. Current research includes several projects studying ecosystem functioning at the broader community level, as well as endangered butterflies at the population and community level. A broader community level study assesses how habitat and landscape characteristics influence arthropod communities, and how differences in species assemblages affect ecosystem functioning (pollination and decomposition rates). Since 2002 I have led a research program for the conservation of the southern California butterfly community, focusing on several endangered species. A number of techniques were implemented to better understand the ecology of these species while identifying threats to inform conservation efforts. This represents my philosophy on conservation: 1) ecosystem processes and diverse groups of species must be maintained to prevent the further decline of important species and loss of the services they provide, and 2) endangered species are in need of immediate attention to prevent extinction.

For more information about my interests, current activity, or interest in joining my lab, feel free to contact me via email. 

Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 319B
Phone: 660-543-8880