Kathryn Theiss


Kathryn completed her dissertation research on orchid conservation in Madagascar in the spring of 2012 and promptly moved to Oregon to start a post-doctoral position at Willamette University. Her post-doctoral research examined how to define "species" in plants using a combination of field and laboratory techniques, including ecological niche modeling and phylogenetics. One of her favorite parts of the research is traipsing around pitcher plant bogs looking for the target plants while getting side-tracked by the native orchids. In the fall of 2013 Kathryn taught a senior-level Conservation Biology course at Willamette, the first time this course had been offered. Beginning in July 2015, Kathryn started at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Southern California as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Her research studies how plant reproduction strategies will affect their ability to evolve in a change climate.

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Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of Connecticut, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Assistant Professor, Biology Department
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Conservation Science & Biology
Currently Working On:
Plant reproduction in a changing climate

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