Timothy (Tim) E. Burnette is a 2019-2023 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. A non-binary, first-generation, low-income student, Burnette graduated with a B.A in Biology with Honors from Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA in 2019. Burnette was a student leader in the low-income and first-generation student communities, where Burnette founded the nation's first Low-Income textbook Lending Library and started Grinnell's Social Class Awareness Week. While at Grinnell, Burnette explored several academic fields; notably, Burnette has published work on social class and belonging at liberal arts colleges. Ultimately, Burnette's work in the Eckhart Lab on responses to drought of herbaceous annual species at Grinnell captured their interest and was a large reason why Burnette decided to continue studying global environmental change and plant responses at KU. When Burnette is not playing with plants, Burnette is tending household plants, running, or mentoring high school plant science projects at their high school alma mater, Central Virginia Governor's School for Science and Technology, Lynchburg, VA. Burnette also enjoys drag and has seen every season of RuPaul's Drag Race three times (or more!) and has developed their own character. “Timber Nette” hopes to make a debut in Lawrence soon.
Mentor: Joy Ward, Dean's Professor of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology