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Karen Beard's Lab


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.

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Lab News
April 2018:
Shane Hill defends his MS thesis "Relationships among invasive coqui frogs, the small Indian mongoose, and rat spp. in Hawaii".

Kathy Kelsey's manuscript "Phenological mismatch in coastal western Alaska may increase summer season greenhouse gas uptake" from her post-doc work was published in Environmental Research Letters

March 2018:
Karen Beard and Andrew Kulmatiski co-author manuscript "Increased soil frost versus summer drought as a driver of plant biomass responses to reduced precipitation: Results from a globally cooredinated field expeirment" in Ecosystems based on their drought-net work.

February 2018:
Lindsay Carlson's manuscript "Direct effects of warming increase woody plant abundance in a subarctic wetland" from her MS thesis published in Ecology and Evolution.