Jade Kochanski (she/her)

Credentials: PhD student - Gratton Lab

Email: jkochanski@wisc.edu

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.

Lab: https://gratton.entomology.wisc.edu/

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.

Educational Background:

B.S. Entomology & Environmental Studies: UW-Madison; M.S. Entomology: UW-Madison

Lab: https://gratton.entomology.wisc.edu/