Skip to main content

Karen Beard's Lab

Seascape

The research conducted in my lab spans a broad range of topics but primarily focuses on species interactions and subsequent impacts on ecosystem processes, especially involving issues of invasive species and climate change. We currently have research in Hawaii, Alaska, South Africa, Brazil, and Utah on questions related to impacts of invasives, climate change effects on plant-herbivore and plant-plant interactions, habitat fragmentation, and restoration efforts. We work with a wide range of taxa from amphibians to birds to plants. The ultimate goal of my lab’s research is to improve management decisions about non-native species and how to manage habitat and species in the face of global change.

Seascape
Seascape
Seascape

Lab News

September 2017:
Lindsay Carlson will be defending her MS thesis on the 25th titled "Direct effects of warming increase woody plant abundance in a subarctic wetland".

Paper accepted in Ecology with the Kulmatiski lab titled "Live long and prosper: plant-soil feedback, lifespan and landscape abundance covary", co-authors include Kulmatiski, Beard Norton, Heavilin, and PhD students, L. Forero and J. Grenzer.

August 2017:
The Beard lab had a very successful ESA meeting.  PhD student Ryan Choi and post-doc Kathy Kelsey gave presentations and Karen and Lindsay Carlson gave posters from our YK Delta research.