Kaitlin R. Deutsch
I am a graduate student at Cornell University, pursuing my PhD in Entomology with a focus on the ecology and conservation of native pollinators. In the fall of 2016, I graduated from the University of Oxford, with an M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management with my dissertation investigating disease ecology of hoverfly pollinators.
I began doing research as a junior in high school, studying the physiology and genetics of honey bees with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. As a species currently in decline, our basic and applied work on honey bees captivated me and launched me onto my career path in conservation. I have since worked with researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the University of South Florida, and at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I ultimately aspire to become a research entomologist, investigating the worldwide declines of native pollinator species and translating the results into policy suggestions and guidelines.