Kendra Cipollini earned her B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry from George Washington University and her Ph.D. in ecology with a minor in statistics from The Pennsylvania State University. She has worked as a wetland consultant for a civil engineering firm and as an ecologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was Director of Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy of Ohio. She also teaches undergraduates at Wilmington College, where she is an Associate Professor of Biology. Her research interests are primarily applied and include ecology and population genetics of a federally endangered wetland plant species, invasive species ecology and ecosystem restoration. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with her husband Don and sons Emmett and Otto and enjoys running, traveling, cooking and volunteering in her community.