Aaron Bossert

Aaron Bossert
Lecturer of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Science Center 211

Additional Positions 

Biology Laboratory Manager

Degrees 

M.S. Biology, University of Central Missouri
B.S. Biology, University of Central Missouri

Biography 

Aaron Bossert is a native of Kansas City. Receiving both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Central Missouri, he specializes in the plant and animal communities of Missouri. 

Bossert has conducted research on the relationship of tree canopy size to fungal diversity, the behavior of mourning doves, the growth rate of anemones, the competition between mesopredators, the arthropod communities of upland and wetland plants, the feeding behavior of corn snakes, the colonization of artificial wetlands by amphibians, the population structure of timber rattlesnakes in an urban den location and the use of social media as a tool for identifying ecological trends. His current research interests include the amphibians and reptiles of Missouri, as well as the use of citizen science to collect data on animal occurrence.

At Rockhurst University, Bossert teaches a number of introductory biology labs, a sophomore-level course on scientific research and an upper-division course on field biology that includes student trips to national and international field sites. Outside of Rockhurst, he has led field courses focused on Missouri invertebrates and herpetofauna.

Bossert's recreational interests include kayaking and camping on Missouri's waterways, as well as conducting naturalistic observations on Missouri's animal, fungal and plant communities.