Shelly Wiggam

Shelly Wiggam is a Popenoe Fellow and PhD student at Kansas State University majoring in Entomology. Her research focuses on native pollinator responses to rangeland management practices throughout the Central Great Plains. Specifically, her research aims to realize management practices that restore pollinator diversity while maintaining landowner profitability and functionality. Shelly conducts substantial outreach to federal and state agency employees, NGO directors and preserve managers, and private landowner coalition groups. Her research findings are considered by these stakeholders, and results built into newly created or modified rangeland management practices. Additionally, she advises on science policy issues, and is a science advisor regarding insect habitat needs for inclusion in rangeland programs supported by federal and state agencies. She is involved at both national and regional levels of two scientific societies.