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Kim Elsenbroek

I am a trained scientist aspiring to communicate science to the general public. I received my B.S. in Botany from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in spring of 2012 and my M.S. from Indiana University Bloomington. I have conducted research in sustainability, ecological restoration, invasive species control and outreach/education. I have worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, McHenry County Conservations District, SIUC, IUB and now the Nature Conservancy.

Recent posts by Kim

October 23, 2015


A Home Where the Buffalo Roam

New grassland conservancies are giving a home for the bison to roam, as they once did before going nearly extinct during the 19th century.

April 20, 2015


Dwarf crested iris, a flower you may recognize from the talking flowers of Alice in Wonderland

A Fairy Tale Forest: Part II

Catch these spring ephemerals before they take a summer retreat!

April 4, 2015


A Fairy Tale Forest: Part I

Bloodroot, spring beauty and Dutchman’s breeches are just a few of Southern Indiana's beautiful spring ephemerals.

January 17, 2015


male junco in urban setting (on General Electric sign)

The “Payoff” of Promiscuity

Is promiscuous behavior in male juncos due to testosterone levels?

October 1, 2013


A statue of Paul Revere under a canopy of green trees

The British Are Coming! A Story About Plant-Pathogen Relationships

We in the Animal Kingdom aren't the only ones who can sound an alarm when enemies attack. In their own way, plant proteins do it too.

August 26, 2013


A pile of dirt against a white background

Revealing The Fungus Among Us

Chantrelle or portabella are fungi we think about while ordering dinner, but this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fungi.

July 31, 2013


Close-up of white bush honeysuckle blossom

How Invasive Plants Can Bully Natives Underground

Researchers at Indiana University Bloomington dig a little deeper into how non-native plant species take over ecosystems.

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