Kelsey Elizabeth Fisher


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  • Organization
    Iowa State University

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    In an area that concentrates most agriculture efforts into wind pollinated crops (corn and soybean), I am focusing my research on the charismatic monarch butterfly as a flagship species. Monarch butterflies, and other pollinator species, are in decline primarily because their habitat has been converted into agriculture land and urbanization. Recently, there has been a push to increase pollinator habitat in spaces like home gardens and school playgrounds. In order for these new habitats to be utilized, the pollinators must be able to detect their presence. I am interested in identifying the most effective locations for habitat restoration to increase overall landscape connectivity. With greater connectivity through agriculture land, pollinators will be able to navigate to and take advantage of small restorations and personal gardens.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    The best thing about being a scientist is being able to question how things work and conduct experiments to figure out the answer. Its a great feeling to look over data and see that something interesting is happening in response to a treatment.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is milkweed! This is because I study monarch butterflies and it is the only plant that monarch caterpillars can eat!

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you share a funny/interesting lab or field story?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    One day this summer, we went out to a field site 3 hours away from campus to do vegetation surveys. There wasn't a single cloud in the sky, but somehow, when we got to the site there was a downpour! We were all stuck taking our surveys without any rain gear. By the end, we were SOAKED! We got back in the van for a very soggy drive back to Ames. Ironically, after we left, the skies cleared.

  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    The Wonder of Seeds (seed germination and growth)
    What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)
    The Power of Sunlight (photosynthesis and respiration)

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

Recent Posts

Ameoba Sisterz Kelsey Elizabeth Fisher

Your presentation is very eye catching! Nice visuals!

It would be nice for you to have an introduction slide where you can summarize some of the things you learned in class and explain how you came up with your question/hypothesis before you…

Ameoba Sisterz Kelsey Elizabeth Fisher

great graph! 

are there any potential compounding variables that could have interfered with your results?

Ameoba Sisterz Kelsey Elizabeth Fisher

Great job!!! I'm glad you conducted the experiment twice since you noticed a problem.

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