Billy Krimmel
Why native plants and insects matter

Billy Krimmel is a Ph.D. candidate in ecology and works in the Department of Entomology and Nematology.

What’s important about your research—and where do you hope to take it?

I am fascinated by the interactions between plants and insects. Plants and insects are the foundation of ecosystems and their intricate interactions are important for human health and wellbeing.

What are you most passionate about in your work?

I am passionate about basic research—producing new knowledge of our natural world—but I also want to contribute to creating a world where native species of plants and insects thrive in human-impacted ecosystems.

How will the Business Development Fellows program help you to change the world?

Cities are dominated by non-native species, while native species are widely threatened. I think the most powerful means of reversing this is working within a landscaping business model, but currently none exists with the explicit goal of putting native insects in cities.