Kiara Ivy, from Gainesville, Florida, is a 2nd-year master’s student pursuing a degree in entomology at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Her current research is “Assessing the Establishment and Spread of Natural Enemies of The Red Imported Fire Ant [Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)] in Northwest Florida.”
Kiara currently serves as president of the FAMU Entomology Club of Excellence. She is also heavily involved in her local community helping educate and mentoring youth in entomology, biology, and other STEM-related fields. Outside of research, she is pursuing athletic endeavors for Trinidad and Tobago as a pole vaulter. Her future career goals include going into agricultural pest management and developing novel pesticides and biopesticides.