Title: Biological Sciences Educator, Ecologist
Location: Loveland, Colorado, United States
Kathleen Keeler, Biological Sciences Educator and Ecologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ecology and botany.
Dr. Keeler fell in love with genetics at an early age and in her studies of the field, came into contact with the fields of botany and biology. What later cemented her choice to work in these areas was a graduate course she took where she traveled to Costa Rica to research on tropical biology. During that course, she was observing some plants that had ants on them, and made a conclusion that those ants were probably protecting the plant. She was so excited, she had a new idea, and it was original to her. She went back to Berkeley and was encouraged to send her findings to the National Science Foundation. She was approved for a dissertation grant and she went back to do her doctoral thesis. In her ensuing career, she worked as a professor at the University of Nebraska and retired in 2006. Since 2013, she has run a blog, A Wandering Botanist.
Dr. Keeler first earned a Bachelor of Science in 1969 from the University of Michigan and later earned a PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. Her achievements include synthetic work on the ecology of mutualism; application of flow cytometry to plant population biology; contributions to the safe release of genetically engineered plants; and prairie population biology. In 2017 and 2018, her blog was recognized among the Top 50 Blogs for Botanists and Plant Scientists by Feedspot. In her career, she was a fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies and a member of the Botanical Society of America.
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