Kelsey is a master’s student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation working in the Dayer Human Dimensions Lab. Kelsey’s research interests encompass the human dimensions of wildlife viewers and focus on how historically underrepresented groups utilize natural spaces. She will be surveying communities across the United States, but more thoroughly in her home state of Minnesota, to help agencies understand how to best serve the shifting dynamics of their usership base.
Kelsey holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation from the University of Minnesota, where her research focused on the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. During their undergraduate career, they studied how rodenticides affect red-tailed hawk populations and how viral loads in bats are impacted by increased habitat fragmentation. After graduation, she served with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa as the Urban Outreach Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where she worked to build meaningful connections with historically underrepresented communities and create an inclusive and accessible environment within Minnesota State Parks and Trails.
In their free time, Kelsey loves to be outside with her partner and two dogs and enjoys hammock camping, hiking, and climbing. When they’re stuck inside, she is an avid reader and a budding chef who enjoys experimenting with new vegan recipes and testing them on her ever-patient family.