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My full name is Katherine, and I go by “Kass.” My pronouns are she/her/hers.

I’m a PhD Candidate in the Danforth & McArt labs in the Cornell University Entomology Department. I’m interested in sustainable land management for insect conservation, particularly in agriculture & forestry.

photo credit: Greg Rothman

My dissertation explores the landscape, nutritional, network, and community ecology of wild bees in agro-ecosystems. I climb into temperate tree canopies to research how forest resources are used by orchard-pollinating wild bee species.

The details of the lives of bees open an endlessly complex avenue to explore humans’ relationship with the land.

Here in Tompkins County New York, and at Cornell University, we are on stolen land, land of the Cayuga people of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.