Karen Beard, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Utah State University
My areas of interest and teaching include conservation biology, invasion ecology, and linking species to ecosystems. Almost all of my research projects apply ecological theory to conservation or restoration ecology. Since coming to USU, most of my research has focused on invasive, non-native species. More specifically, my research has focused on (1) understanding non-native species from introduction to impact, and (2) developing techniques to manage and control non-natives. I also have a peripheral interest in disturbance ecology; more specifically, I have studied how disturbance influences native species and ecosystem processes, and how disturbance relates to non-native invasions.