Broadly, I am interested in how plant defenses shape communities and ecosystems. I've looked at this question through the lens of multiple trophic levels (plants, insects, birds, microbes) and am now working to extend this understanding to fluxes and flows of nutrients as well.  

In 2007, I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in Wildlife Conservation, working in the lab of Douglas Tallamy as an undergraduate and then as lab manager.

In Spring 2016 I defended my dissertation work in the ecology and evolution department at Yale University in the wonderful lab of Os Schmitz.

I'm excited to be starting a Smithson postdoc in Fall 2016 working with Dr. John Parker at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). 

I've got a twin sister (Liana T. Burghardt) who works on plant life cycle evolution and microbial symbionts. If you are really trying to find her instead of me check out her website.  

Contact me at karinburghardt@gmail.com or @karinburghardt