Krista Capps is an aquatic community and ecosystem ecologist who works in both temperate and tropical freshwater systems. She earned a BS in biology and political science from Hope College, a MS in environmental science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and a PhD from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University in the laboratory of Alex Flecker. She conducted dissertation research on the community and ecosystem-level effects of armored catfish invasion in the Usumacinta River in southern Mexico.
She completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the University of Maine in the laboratories of Aram Calhoun and Mac Hunter. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Mexico. Capps holds a joint position through the Odum School of Ecology and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory at the University of Georgia (UGA). At UGA, she is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the River Basin Center, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute.