Kristen A. Baum

Kristen Baum
  • Director of Monarch Watch
  • Senior Scientist
  • Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Contact Info

104A Takeru Higuchi Hall, West Campus


Prior to coming to KU, Baum was a professor in the Dept. of Integrative Biology and associate dean for research at the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University.


M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
Ph.D. in Entomology, Texas A&M University


Baum’s research focuses on the effects of land use and management practices on pollinators, with an emphasis on native bees and monarch butterflies. Recent projects have evaluated pollinator responses to prescribed fire and seeding in grasslands, prescribed fire and grazing in rangelands, mowing in roadsides and pesticide applications in canola-wheat-pasture systems. Baum has served on numerous state, regional and national working groups to support conservation efforts for pollinators.