Dr. Karin M. Kettenring
Watershed Sciences / Ecology Center
We address basic and applied questions related to wetland, plant, seed, invasion, and restoration ecology.
We address research questions such as:
1. What limits the restoration of wetland plant communities?
2. What role do plant species and genetic diversity play in restoring the structure and function of wetlands?
3. What makes invasive plants successful, what are their impacts, and how can we best manage them in wetlands?
4. How do short and long-term drought, and intensive water management, affect wetland plant communities?
Our research sites include brackish wetlands of the Great Salt Lake and Chesapeake Bay, riparian wetlands along the Platte River, and prairie pothole wetlands in MN and IA.
Current Graduate Students:
Chad Cranney - MS - Ecology
Rebekah Downard - PhD - Ecology
Brittany Duncan - MS Ecology
Eric Hazelton - PhD - Ecology
James Marty - MS - Ecology
Christine Rohal - MS - Ecology
Dr. Kettenring teaches courses focused on wetland ecology and restoration ecology:
WATS 4310/6310 - Wetland Ecology and Management - offered spring semesters, 12:00-1:15pm
WATS / WILD 6700 - Restoration Ecology (odd year focus is River and Riparian Restoration Ecology co-taught with Dr. Sarah Null; even year focus is Wetland, Grassland, and Shrubland Restoration Ecology co-taught with Dr. Kari Veblen) - offered spring semesters, 9:00-10:15am.
Editor's Choice! - Journal of Applied Ecology - April 2014 - "Sourcing propagules to achieve current and future restoration objectives"