Katie leads the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas project, where she fosters community engagement to increase our understanding of the state’s native bumble bees. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of biodiversity. Katie is originally from northern California, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Humboldt State University, and later earned her master’s in entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Katie’s skillset and passion for wild bee identification has been developed through multiple formal trainings suited to Midwestern species, as well as the American Museum of Natural History’s The Bee Course.
Endangered Species Conservation Biologist