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Emily Tarsa

Emily Tarsa

Watershed Sciences Department

Pursuing PhD in Ecology - Faculty Advisor: Dr. Karin Kettenring

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Degree Seeking: PhD - Ecology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Karin Kettenring
Research Area: Seed-based restoration of native plant communities following phragmites control in Great Salt Lake wetlands
Wetland Ecology Lab


Emily Tarsa is a Ph.D. candidate in the Watershed Sciences department working with Dr. Karin Kettenring in the Wetland Ecology and Restoration lab. Her research is focused on improving seed-based restoration of Great Salt Lake wetlands, particularly following phragmites control. Specifically, Emily is studying competition dynamics of wetland plants and how functional traits at the regenerative plant stages impact plant community outcomes. Prior to graduate school, Emily received her BS in Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and spent several years working with AmeriCorps and non-profits performing habitat restoration work. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, gardening, rock climbing, and camping with her partner, dog, and two young children.