Kristen Lear is one of six 2016 ESA Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) winners. A Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, she studies the foraging and roosting habitats of pollinator bat species, including the Mexican Long-Nosed Bat. In the podcast, Kristen discusses her work with Nivalis Conservation Network to preserve the endangered bat, her membership in ESA sections and other activities that have aided her career growth as an ecologist. She also reflects on participating in the Biological and Ecological Coalition congressional visits this Spring.
For more on her experience in Washington, DC, see the accompanying post on ESA’s blog, EcoTone.
This is the first in a series of episodes featuring graduate students recognized by ESA in 2016 for their work at the interface of science and society. For more information on the GSPA, click here.