Kathreen Bitner graduated from The University of California Irvine in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Her desire to continue her studies in Evolutionary Biology have led her to pursue her Ph.D at UCI, under the advisement of Dr. Laurence Mueller, Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, where she will be beginning in the Fall of 2013.
Her research interests include Life History Evolution. Kathreen will be using experimental evolution to study the trade-offs that occur in the Drosophila populations over time and how they adapt to new, stressful environments that contain elevated ammonia and urea levels in larval food and crowding conditions.
As well as continuing her work in the lab at UCI, she continues to sing in the Orange County and Los Angeles community. She devotes her free time to the Polish Community in Orange County.