Colleen Henegan is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She became passionate about studying the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Zambia while researching edible insect farming there in 2019, during the worst drought that the region has experienced in decades. Her dissertation work integrates predictive machine learning climate change models with community-based research amongst farmers in drought-prone areas of southern Zambia.
Colleen also is also an executive board member of the Maluwa Foundation, an environmental and educational non-profit based in Siavonga, Zambia. Prior to attending graduate school, she was trained as a teacher through Teach for America and taught biology and environmental science for six years in Blytheville, Arkansas, and Austin, Texas. When she is not conducting research, Colleen enjoys teaching yoga, hiking through Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks, and spending time in the sun with her two dogs.