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Thanks for visiting! My full name for publications is Katherine R. Urban-Mead, but I go by “Kass;” pronouns she/her/hers.

I’m a PhD Candidate in the Cornell University Entomology Department, where I study wild bee conservation in agricultural and forested landscapes with an incredible team of people in the the Danforth & McArt labs.

My dissertation explores the landscape, nutritional, network, and community ecology of wild bees in agro-ecosystems. You can find my publications here.

I am passionate about teaching and outreach. I ultimately hope to teach biology in way that gives students agency and tools to work for sustainable, meaningful land management no matter their ecosystem.

Can you see me up there?

(pc: Greg Rothman)

I climb into temperate tree canopies to research how forest resources are used by orchard-pollinating wild bee species.

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