Dr. Katherine Gross is a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University (MSU). Kay was formerly Director of MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station and was an active leader in their Long Term Ecological Research program, which focused on agroecology. Kay’s research is broadly focused on the causes and consequences of species diversity in plant communities. Specifically, she focuses on how nutrient input and management impacts the diversity, productivity, and composition of grasslands. She and colleagues have conducted several long-term experiments to test hypotheses about how nutrient enrichment (fertilization) impacts grasslands. They are particularly interested in how species traits, particularly clonality and growth form, affect responses to resource enrichment. She served on many panels and committees for the National Science Foundation and is widely respected as a research leader and mentor; she continues to actively publish. Katherine served as a member of SESYNC’s External Advisory Board.