Ellen Welti graduated from Kansas State University with BAs in Biology and History. She continued at Kansas State University, earning her PhD in Biology in Dr. Tony Joern’s lab, where she studied ecological networks of plant-herbivore and plant-pollinator interactions. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oklahoma in the lab of Dr. Mike Kaspari. Her work focuses on the role of sodium and other nutrients in shaping arthropod communities and grassland food webs. Her spare time activities include watercoloring, listening to podcasts, and reading short stories.