Kelsey King is a PhD student at Washington State University Vancouver. Kelsey graduated with her BA in biology and environmental studies at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Her time in the Midwest and Great Plains has cultivated a deep love of grasslands, especially those of the central U.S., and that is where she hopes to return after her time in the Pacific Northwest. Kelsey also has a fascination for art and even got a minor in art history.
Kelsey’s research focuses on at-risk species reliant on grassland ecosystems. Her research goal is to inform conservation of wildlife and plants based on an understanding of species’ unique dynamics and interactions with the ecosystem. Her dissertation research focuses on investigating the impacts of climate change on a historically common blue butterfly endemic to lupine meadows in the Pacific Northwest.