Kim O’Keefe, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences atSaint Edward’s University. Originally from New Jersey, she completed her BS inBiology at The College of New Jersey (2010), her MS in plant ecophysiology at SaintJoseph’s University (2012), and her PhD in plant ecophysiology at Kansas StateUniversity (2016). After completing her PhD, she spent 4.5 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and theUniversity of Wyoming. Kim is primarily interested in using plant ecophysiology to understand herbaceous-woody community processes in grasslands and savannas.Her research takes her to amazing locations such as the Konza Prairie in Kansas and Kruger National Park in South Africa. When not teaching or traveling for field work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Aaron, and her (very opinionated) cat, Clove.