Leslie Potts
Graduate Research Assistant

Professional Profile

Education

B.S., Wildlife Biology, Murray State University, Murray, KY.  2008-2012

M.S., Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.  2012-2015

Ph.D., Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.  2015-

Research Interests 

My research interests lie in the intersection between environment and individual.  How will changes in our environment as a result of climate change impact daily and evolutionary processes of arthropods?  In Kentucky, my work on overwintering wolf spiders is a first look at how environmental changes accompanying climate change will impact their success and strategy for surviving our temperate winter season.  I also conduct research as part of a field team in Antarctica, with my work focusing on how an extreme cold-adapted insect interacts with other players in its ecosystem, and the potential for climate change to disrupt these interactions.  Overall, through my research I hope to address a tiny portion of how our planet is going to be altered due to climate change.