W.K. Kellogg Biological Station postdoctoral research associate Jackson Helms IV was recently interviewed for an Entomology Today article, one in a series of features on outstanding early career professionals.
Helms came to KBS after earning his doctoral degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Oklahoma.
Before pursuing his Ph.D., Helms served in the United States Marine Corps as an Arabic language analyst and completed two tours in Iraq.
He works in the Haddad Lab, with research interests ranging from the behavior of ants to landscape restoration.
In the article, Helms talks with Dr. Karl Roeder about how his life experiences, including a Rust Belt upbringing and rooftop birding in Iraq, led to a career in research.