Kat is pursuing a joint degree in Agroecology and Entomology. She conducted her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she was involved in a variety of projects that ranged from dog training to ecological research in Asian rice paddies. After graduating with a degree in biology, Kat worked in the US and abroad in various occupations within the fields of education, conservation, and natural resources management. Her experiences piqued her interests in the value of privately held lands, especially farmlands, as a conservation tool. Consequently, she decided to return to school to explore ideas relating to landscape connectivity and the ecosystem services provided by insects. Kat's graduate research at UW-Madison focuses on Wisconsin's central sands region, where she examines native pollinator populations in conventionally grown vegetable crops.