Emily J Kapler

Student Services Specialist II

I've proudly been a nerd since I was a kid, but it was taking an AP Biology class in high school that really sparked my interest in the biological sciences as a career choice.  Biology became one of my majors during my undergraduate education, where I was originally interested in genetics.  Then, I took a basic botany class as part of the biology curriculum and was invited by the professor to do summer research in the woods.  Through that experience, I recognized I had a greater passion for wild places than the lab, and since then I have focused on the ecological and botanical aspects of biology.  After finishing undergrad, I had the privilege of working a couple years at the Chicago Botanic Garden monitoring rare plant populations as part of their citizen-scientist program, Plants of Concern.  From there, I decided to pursue a masters degree and attended right here at Iowa State University.  My research focused on developing models to predict the naturalization of non-native woody plants in areas of the Upper Midwest.  I was able to apply my knowledge of plants in a new way by working in agriculture for a couple years, where I assisted with development of new varieties of corn and soybeans.  I joined the Biology Program team in 2014, and love being able to nerd out with both students and staff alike.  

Area of Expertise: 
Conservation Biology
Natural Resource Management
M.S., Forestry with minor in Philosophy, Iowa State University, 2011
B.A., Bioogy and Artr, Coe College, 2006
(515) 294-8628
103 Bessey Hall