Tania Kim (Principal Investigator)Profile pic

Department of Entomology
125 W. Waters Hall
1603 Old Claflin Place
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004



Curriculum vitae

Education and Affiliation
  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology. Swarthmore College.
  • Postdoc. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison. Supervisor: Dr. Claudio Gratton
  • Ph.D. Biological Science, Florida State University, Advisor: Dr. Nora Underwood
  • M.Sc. Zoology, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Bob Holt
  • B.Sc. Resource Conservation, McGill University (Montreal, Canada)

Madison Lofing (Undergraduate student)

Madison profile


Madison is a senior at Kansas State University interested in Wildlife Conservation.  Madison worked on an independent research project during Fall 2018 examining how flower morphology affects honey bee visitation rates.  See her poster here.



Savannah Piper (Undergraduate student)

Savannah Piper


Savannah is an Animal Science major within the Bio-science/Biotechnology option and minoring in Entomology. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Purple Paws Cat Program, spends time with family and friends, plays the piano, and paints. Savannah has been helping Tania set up the new lab and maintain beetle colonies in the lab.





Brian Spiesman (Research Assistant Professor, Kansas State University)


Brian studies the landscape ecology of pollinators and plant-pollinator networks. We are working on 2 USDA funded projects: (1) the role of temporal heterogeneity  in food availability on consumer-resource interaction, and (2) the impact of perennial border crops on pollinator diversity.  We are also working to build a much needed pollinator conservation program in Kansas.



Claudio Gratton (Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison)


Claudio’s research centers around the landscape ecology of arthropods in both agricultural and natural systems.  We are working on a USDA funded project examining how temporal heterogeneity in food availability affect consumer (lady beetle) populations in Wisconsin.





Ebony Murrell  (The Land Institute, Salina KS)



Ebony is the lead scientist in crop protection at the Land Institute (a nonprofit research in Salina, KS). Her research centers around finding sustainable ways to manage pests and pollinators in agriculture through practices such as crop diversification and cover cropping. We are working on a project examining how different perennial crop borders might affect pollinator diversity.





Interested in joining the lab?  Check out the opportunities page for more information on how to join!