Principle Investigator Karin T. Burghardt
I am an ecologist broadly 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. I primarily work in ecosystems that are actively managed or impacted by human activity (managed forests, suburban yards, and old field habitats) and view this active management as opportunity for understanding how ecological theory can be utilized to maximize biodiversity and ecosystem processes in human-dominated landscapes.
In Fall 2018, I began building a lab as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland- College Park Department of Entomology. I am a proud alumna of the labs of Dr. Douglas Tallamy (University of Delaware Entomology and WIldlife Ecology), Dr. Os Schmitz (Yale University), and Dr. John Parker ( Smithsonian Environmental Research Center- SERC).
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org twitter: @karinburghardt address: Dept of Entomology, PLS office 4120A College Park Md 20742
Faculty Assistant & Lab manager: Kelsey McGurrin
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Biology and Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences from Kansas State University in 2012. I have worked as a research technician in the labs of Dr. Melinda Smith and Dr. Osvaldo Sala as well as in private greenhouses in Arizona. I joined the Burghardt Lab in February 2019. Here at UMD I am excited to get involved with research in human-dominated landscapes and Entomology Dept outreach.
Undergraduate Student: Elizabeth Butz
I am an undergraduate here at UMD studying Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, as well as German. I joined the Burghardt Lab in May 2019, and previously was part of the FIRE program as a student in the Immunogenetics stream and a peer mentor in the Atmospheric Data Science stream. In lab, I am looking forward to studying how biodiversity is impacted by human activity.