Katie is currently a post-doctoral Botany Fellow at Wellesley College. Her research focuses how shade tree and avian biodiversity is shaped by farmer decision making in smallholder coffee farms in northern Nicaragua. Katie’s work follows a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach, in which farmers and coffee cooperative administrators helped to develop research questions, were an active part of the systems data collection process, and receive final results of the study. Incorporating empirical social science and natural science data into one study, Katie hopes that her work can be a model for analytically encapsulating the inherent transdisciplinarity of agroecosystems. She completed her doctoral with University of Vermont’s Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group.