Kasey Fowler-Finn has been fascinated by arachnids like spiders and daddy longlegs since she was a small child. She now gets to live her dream by studying them. Her research focuses on how changes in the world affect how animals survive and communicate with one another - such as during mating. Particularly with the rapid changes our earth is experiencing, predicting these changes can be important for understanding how biodiversity will be affected by global climate change.
One of Kasey's passions is to train undergraduate and citizen researchers in the scientific process. Involving students and the public in her research has not only been exciting and educational, but has also helped push her science forward. Many of her co-authors on published scientific articles are undergraduates that continue on to careers in science and medicine, and many papers acknowledge local groups for their efforts in collecting animals for experimentation.