Katie joined the Xerces Society in 2019 to work on bumble bee conservation initiatives. Based in Nebraska, her main role is to coordinate and engage people in the Midwest's numerous Bumble Bee Atlas efforts. Working with community scientists, researchers, agency and NGO staff, she helps develop tools that drive bumble bee conservation.
Katie earned her master's degree in entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she compared wild bee diversity and their floral associations between remnant and restored tallgrass prairies. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees. Outside of work, Katie enjoys birding, gardening, skating, and, well, looking for bees.