Dr. Christie Bahlai
Assistant Professor, Kent State University, Department of Biological Sciences, 2017-
Ph.D. University of Guelph, 2012, Environmental Biology
Mozilla Fellow for Science 2015-2016
I am a computational ecologist who uses approaches from data science to help solve problems in conservation, sustainability, and ecosystem management. I combine a background in physics and organismal ecology with influences from the tech sector and conservation NGOs to ask questions and build tools addressing problems in population ecology. I like insects, information theory, and practical answers to complex questions. I have published a surprising number of scientific papers about ladybugs.
I’m deeply into long-term contemporary ecology! I’m an associate scientist of the Long Term Ecological Research network out of the Kellogg Biological Station, and currently sit as Secretary for the Long Term Studies Section of the Ecological Society of America.
I also have strong interests in social justice in science, and believe that directly addressing diversity issues through technology and culture change benefits both scientists and science. I teach a course called Reproducible Quantitative Methods that touches on many of these topics.
Research Technician, Kent State University, Department of Biological Sciences, 2018-
B.S. Michigan State University, 2009, Environmental Biology/Zoology
I am the new lab manager and research technician in the Bahlai lab and am largely interested in how beneficial insect communities respond to changes in landscape and environment over time, especially under restoration and conservation efforts.
While attending Michigan State University, my fascination with the natural world developed into a passion for conservation, sustainability, and ecological problem solving. I began my professional career as the Landis Lab Manager in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, where my ever-increasing love of insects evolved into a deeper understanding of how beneficial insects shape ecosystem function and how changes in landscape composition affect these communities and the services they provide. This experience led me to my position here in the Bahlai lab, where I hope to put my knowledge to good use and make a lasting impact on many new projects on the horizon.
In addition to my love for the magical non-fictional world we live in, I am an avid reader of magical fiction and spend as much time with my nose buried in a book as I possibly can. As a Michigan native and life-long resident, I am very excited to be a new member of the Kent State University community and experience all of the new landscapes and natural features (and libraries!) that Ohio has to offer!