Kelly Lyons, Ph.D.
- Professor , Biology
Trinity University, as a small liberal arts institution has been an ideal place for me as a scientist who began in the humanities. As a native San Antonian with interests in Mexico, its location in South Texas is also fortuitous. My undergraduate degree is in International Relations with a specialization in Latin American affairs. I am fluent in Spanish, have worked extensively abroad, and stay closely attuned to global affairs. At Trinity, I have the latitude to apply all of these skills and interests to my research and curriculum development.
I am a botanist and ecologist who studies the influence of diversity on ecosystem functioning and invasive species dynamics. My current research focus is on restoration of Texas grasslands and rangelands with particular emphasis on interactions between plants and fungi. I served as a Fulbright Scholar in Sonora, Mexico and my research has been supported with awards from NSF, USDA, NFWF, among others.