Tierney Brosius is an Associate Professor of Biology at Augustana College. She is an entomologist with special interests in insect ecology and conservation, urban ecology, and cultural entomology. Her research program currently focuses on beetle diversity in urban landscapes and how mesophication (lack of naturally occurring fire) and urbanization interact to influence forest ecosystem composition and structure at multiple trophic levels. Tierney obtained a B.S. in Biology from Wayne State College in Nebraska and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In addition to her current research program she is actively involved in teaching multiple sections of undergraduate biology such as entomology and zoology. Tierney uses her interest in scientific illustration in the classroom to encourage her students to develop their observational skills. She is particularly interested in science communication using art and has written on the subject of the use of art in promoting topics surrounding conservation.