Kathryn LeCroy is a doctoral candidate in environmental sciences at the University of Virginia where she studies with T’ai Roulston. Kate is fascinated with the world of pollination. Her research began with Peter Van Zandt at her undergraduate institution (B.S., Birmingham-Southern College), where she examined nocturnal moth pollination in Bibb County, Alabama. She also participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) program at the University of Virginia assessing pollen viability in Mimulus guttatus and pollinator behavior in experimental manipulations. Kate received her M.S. at the University of Pittsburgh studying pollinator color vision systems and the community ecology of floral color in serpentine seeps of northern California. Kate received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). At U.Va., Kate has recruited over 100 citizen scientists and 18 undergraduates to help her evaluate the health and diversity of solitary cavity-nesting bees across Virginia. Along with publications of her pollination studies, Kate has also published research examining the intersection of early 19th-century American literature and popular botany.
Rapid spread of exotic mason bees (genus Osmia) and their potential risks to native Osmia species in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA