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Laurel Philpott

Research Interest

Invasion Biology, Plants, Conservation Biology, Population Ecology

Faculty Advisor(s)

Orou Gaoue

Degree Pursuing



Western Kentucky University, Bachelors in Science, 2022


My undergraduate research examined the frequency of hybridization between native and invasive blackberry species, as well as the impacts of an invasive zooplankton on Kentucky reservoirs. I look forward to exploring more about invasion biology and population ecology during my time with EEB! When not in a research lab or class, you can find me knitting, embroidering, enjoying the great outdoors, or hanging out with my rescue cat, Gnocchi! I also have a passion for traveling, whether it be a camping trip to the Everglades (the mosquitoes were worse than the alligators!) or a summer spent in a beautiful countryside manor in England. I consider myself to be a roadside attraction enthusiast and am always willing to go out of my way for an adventure.

Awards and Recognitions

Senator Jeff Green Scholar

Larry Gleason Award for Excellence in Research

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