Graduate Student Spotlight

Kileigh, MSU Forestry Graduate StudentName: Kileigh Browning

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Degree: Ph.D. in Forestry/ Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavior (Dual Degree)
(Advisor Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske)

Why forestry: Hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains with my family while growing up instilled my passion for the outdoors. Forests are currently facing a large number of threats to biodiversity and ecosystem function, especially regarding human induced invasive species. The field of forestry provides the opportunity to understand these mechanisms and find ways to manage their potentially detrimental effects.

Graduate Research Focus: I am interested in the role of introduced species on ecosystem function. I also hope to utilize innovative modeling techniques to predict their future dispersal.

Activities:  Anything where I can explore new places and be active while doing it. I enjoy hiking, biking, and finding new music to listen to.

After Graduation Plans:  I’d like to find a job where I can be active outdoors and work with a team of colleagues to solve ecological problems. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to exploring my options throughout graduate school.