Anita Kennedy grew up on a farm in southeastern Kentucky, which drove her interest in the natural world. After obtaining a degree in Environmental Studies: Sustainable Forestry from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC she gained research experience through several seasonal positions across the west before settling in at The Nature ConservancyÃ?Â¢??s South Puget Sound Prairie Program in Olympia, Washington. There she developed a program for the research and production of native plant materials for restoration of shortgrass prairies. Here at CSU she is looking at the physiological affects of climate change on several native forb and grass species with range faculty Troy Ocheltree.