David McKenzie is anAssistant Professor at Emporia State University in the Department of Biology.He earned his PhD from the University of Wyoming in the Program in Ecology and conducted his dissertation research in Glacier National Park (Montana). This research focused on forest and fire ecology of the montane forests in GlacierNational Park. After that, he moved to a postdoctoral position at theUniversity of Minnesota, where he researched the impacts of selective harvest on forest stand biomass increment. Next, he did a teaching postdoc at theUniversity of Oklahoma where he learned about inquiry-based teaching methods.In his current position he advises graduate students interested in woody plant encroachment in the Flint Hills region of Kansas. Much of this work includes manipulation of prairies through prescribed burns and characterization of woody plant communities.