Linda Kennedy, the Director of the Research Ranch, graduated from Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS with a B.S. and M.S. in biology. She went on to earn a doctorate in botany from Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, with a focus on grassland ecology. Her responsibilities at the Research Ranch include land stewardship, initiating and supervising research projects, and planning and implementing educational and outreach programs. Before launching her career as a biologist, she worked at the First National Bank of Kensington, KS as a bookkeeper. For fun, she and her husband, Dan Robinett, enjoy spoiling their eleven grandchildren, two dogs and one cat.