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Kettenring Wetland Ecology Lab

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Karin Kettenring

Associate Professor

Karin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University and the head of the Wetland Ecology Lab.

Contact: karin.kettenring [at] usu.edu

More on the Kettenring Wetland Ecology Lab's research projects

Eric Hazelton

Ph.D. Student

Eric began his Ph.D. project in Summer 2010. For his research he will be looking at the restoration potential of Phragmites invaded brackish marshes along the Chesapeake Bay and whether restoration acts as a disturbance to foster increased genetic diversity and sexual reproduction in Phragmites. To read more about Eric's research visit his Research Gate page or Academia.edu page.

Rebekah Downard

Ph.D. Student

Becka began her Ph.D. in the lab in January 2012. Her research will focus on the consequences of intensive water management on Great Salt Lake wetland health.

Christine Rohal

Ph.D. Student

Christine joined the lab in the spring of 2012. For her research she is looking at treatments for dealing with new invasions and small patches of Phragmites in Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Rachel Hager

Ph.D. Student

Rachel began her research in fall 2015.  She is evaluating the importance of genotype richness in native bulrushes for restoration of ecosystem multifunctionality in Great Salt Lake wetlands

David England

Masters Student

David began his MS project in summer 2015.  He is evaluating methods for revegetation of bulrushes in Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Brittany Duncan

Masters Student

Brittany began her Masters degree in fall 2014. Her research will focus on the use of cattle grazing for Phragmites control and wetland restoration in Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Suzan Tahir

Ph.D. Student

Suzan began her Ph.D. in fall 2014. Her research will focus on water quality and nutrient cycling in the Willard Spur wetlands of the Great Salt Lake.

 

 

 

Sarah Woodbury

Undergraduate Researcher


Sarah is evaluating functional trait variation of alkali bulrush from rhizomes.

Gabriela Judd

Undergraduate Researcher

Gabriela is evaluating functional trait variation of alkali bulrush from seeds.

Graduates

Chad Cranney graduated in spring 2016.  His MS thesis focused on techniques for controlling large stands of invasive Phragmites australis in Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Jimmy Marty graduated in spring 2016.  His MS thesis was on revegetation of bulrushes in Great Salt Lake wetlands - seed biology and rhizomes.  He now works in Minneapolis, MN.

Lexine Long graduated in 2014. Her MS thesis was on the Distribution and drivers of a widespread, invasive wetland grass, Phragmites australis, in Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Caroline Laine graduated in 2011. Her MS thesis focused on: An assessment of vegetation metrics and plot types to measure seasonal variation and grazing effects on riparian plant communities.

Amanda Sweetman graduated in 2013. Her MS thesis focused on: The ecology and genetics of Schoenoplectus maritimus, an important emergent macrophyte, across diverse hydrologic conditions—implications for restoration.

Diane Menuz graduated in 2011. Her MS thesis focused on: Using species distribution models to assess invasion theory and provide management recommendations for riparian areas in the eastern Columbia and western Missouri River basins. She now lives in Salt Lake City, UT, and is the State Wetland Coordinator for the Utah Geological Survey.

Undergraduate alumni

Konnon Smith conducted an undergraduate research project on the carbohydrate dynamics in rhizomes of Phragmites australis in Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Delena Williams evaluated techniqes for germinating bulrushes for revegetation in Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Evan Pool developed allometric techniques for monitoring invasive Phragmites australis in Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Collaborators

Carrie Reinhardt Adams, University of Florida

Andrew Baldwin, University of Maryland

Joanna Endter-Wada, Utah State University

Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota

Steve Hovick, The Ohio State University

Kristin Mercer, The Ohio State University

Melissa McCormick, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

David Rosenberg, Utah State University

Michal Tal, Aix-Marseille Universite, France

Laura Triplett, Gustavus Adolphus College

Dennis Whigham, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center