Kelsey Jennings (she/they)

Ph.D. Student


Kelsey is a PhD student in the Dayer Human Dimensions Lab, where their research interests lie in understanding how people are motivated and encouraged to conserve natural resources and wildlife, as well as how to make conservation more equitable and sustainable. In her current project, she works with Audubon and the US Forest Service to explore sustainable maple syrup production, focusing on how to incentivize sugarbush management to support bird conservation. 
Kelsey holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Virginia Tech. Their previous research encompasses diversity, equity, and inclusion; participatory science; and support for state fish and wildlife agencies. She has worked as an environmental educator, bird trainer, and outreach specialist to increase access pathways to conservation and outdoor recreation for all. 
Kelsey is based in Baltimore, MD, where they love to be outside with their partner and dog. She is an avid reader, foodie, and 90s/early aughts TV enthusiast.