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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.


Lab News

February 2017:
MS student, Robyn Smith, with Beard and Shiels get manuscript published in Biological Invasions titled "Different prey resources suggest little competition between non-native frogs and insectivorous birds despite isotopic niche overlap".

Paper from our NCEAS undergrad working group gets published in Diversity and Distributions titled "Effects of roads and land use on frog distributions across spatial scales and regions in the Eastern and Central United States".  MS student, Shane Hill, with Beard are co-authors.

Undergraduate researcher in our lab, Thomas DeMasters, presents at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR).

December 2016:
Post-doc Kathy Kelsey, PhD student Ryan Choi, PI Beard and others working on the YK Delta project get paper published in JGR-Biogeosiences titled "Interactions among climate, topography and herbivory control greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4 and N2O) fluxes in a subarctic coastal wetland".

Former PhD student, Rodrigo Ferreira, publishes with Beard and others "Frogs associated with bromeliads in an abandoned caco planation in northeasten Brazil" in Northwestern Journal of Zoology.

Former PhD student, Rodrigo Ferreira, publishes with Beard and others "Fully-sampled phlogenies of squamates reveal evolutionary patterns in threat status" in Biological Conservation. 

October 2016:
Robyn Smith successsfully defended her MS thesis!

Our lab publishes "Threatened and invasive reptiles are not two sides of the same coin" in Global Ecology and Biogegraphy.

Dr. Beard co-authors editorial in Biological Conservation on field ethics.