Jade Kochanski (she/her)
Credentials: PhD student - Gratton Lab
My research is at the intersection of population genetics, restoration- , conservation- , landscape - ecology. I use a population genetics approach to understand whether prairie restorations sustain and increase pollinator populations. In other words, the source-sink dynamics of bumble bees and the success of prairie restoration as a conservation tool.
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in iBio?
I find research both challenging and fun. Plus, I love everything about my study system (prairies) and organisms (bumble bees).
Why or what do you love about the program?
Flexibility in curriculum
Fun Fact: I have lived in 18 different places – all within Madison.
B.S. Entomology & Environmental Studies: UW-Madison; M.S. Entomology: UW-Madison