Not a scientist? Explore here!

Learn more about our research and the people that work to better understand how some fish manage to live in extreme environments that are deadly for most other animals. If you have any questions, feel free to email or tweet at us!

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Explore fish in extreme environments

Our research mostly focuses on small fish species that live in four types of extreme environments: 1) naturally toxic springs rich in hydrogen sulfide, 2) caves, 3) streams polluted by mining waste, and 4) prairie streams. Click on the images below to get more information on these extreme environments and the species that have adapted to live there.

Meet the team

An essential perk of our job is that we all collaborate in pushing the frontiers of knowledge. Meet our team members below and click on their names to find out more about why they decided to become scientists, what they like about their job, and what they do in their spare time.










Dispatches from the field

Our research allows us to conduct fieldwork in the US and Latin America. We are conducting annual expeditions to collect data in Mexico and are continuously exploring new study sites and species. Check here for a list of past expeditions and photos from our fieldwork.

Media center

If you want to learn more about our research findings, check out the multimedia coverage about our work.

Want to meet a scientist?

Would you like to meet some of the scientists in our lab personally and learn more about our research? Don’t hesitate to contact us! We have developed several activities about the science we do suitable for K-12 audiences that we are excited to share in person (Manhattan, KS area) and virtually (e.g., by skyping into your classroom). We are also available as speakers for meetings of fish hobbyists and other naturalist groups.