Kathi Borgmann received her undergraduate degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1998. She received her Masters degree from The Ohio State University in 2002. Kathi’s Masters work focused on the effects of urbanization on the probability of invasion by non-native plants in forest patches and, in turn, how non-native plants influence nesting success of forest songbirds. Currently, she is a PhD student in Dr. Conway’s Lab at the University of Arizona. Her PhD research centers on investigating why nesting success of songbirds varies throughout a breeding season: implications on breeding phenology and variation in life-history traits. Kathi is testing three hypotheses to explain why nesting success varies throughout the season: due to seasonal changes in (1) foliage, (2) alternative prey for nest predators, or (3) abundance of nest predators.