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Kyle is a plant ecologist interested in the ecological processes that influence and maintain plant biodiversity. She is particularly interested in asking ecological questions over large spatial scales, ultimately to inform landscape conservation.

Kyle received her BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston and her PhD in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University in January 2019, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wyoming working jointing with William Lauenroth and John Bradford. Besides thinking about plants and climate change, Kyle enjoys running, hiking, cross-country skiing, traveling, and cooking.

I am currently recruiting MS students for my lab group. Potential projects include:

1) Prescribed fire frequency and drought impacts on species-rich longleaf pine woodlands

2) Interaction of climate change, wildfire, and cheatgrass invasion on future big sagebrush plant communities

3) Utilizing herbarium specimens to understand climate change impacts on plant phenology and plant morphology over the last two centuries

​See the Opportunities tab for more information and please contact me if you are interested in joining the lab!

Kyle A. Palmquist, Principal Investigator


Plant Ecology at Marshall University​