Wetland / Upland Specialist
Krissy joined the Native Plant Solutions team as a Wetland/Upland Specialist upon completion of her MSc. in Bioscience, Technology, and Public Policy from the University of Winnipeg in 2023. During her master’s degree, Krissy researched the effects of cattle grazing on upland prairies and wet meadows by using soil nematodes as bioindicators of soil function. Krissy’s master’s project was in coordination with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Manitoba Beef Producers. Krissy also holds a BSc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan. Her knowledge of above- and belowground prairie habitat lends itself well to the monitoring and evaluation of ecosystem restoration.
She cultivated a love of plants while conducting research on threatened dune thistle Cirsium pitcheri and by working in vascular plant collections at the University of Michigan Herbarium. Krissy also gained experience with invasive species removal, collecting/dispersing native seeds, controlled ecological burning, and project coordination through her time working in parks at Natural Area Preservation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to Krissy’s passion for plants and soil, she is enthusiastic about data management, analysis, and technical writing.