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Karin Kettenring                                                                                 

Assistant 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

Masters 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.

Chad Cranney

Masters student

Chad began his Masters degree in spring 2012. For his research he will be looking at the effectiveness of treatments for dealing with large stands of invasive Phragmites.

Jimmy Marty

Masters student

Jimmy began his Masters degree in summer 2013.  His research will focus on native plant revegetation following Phragmites control 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.

David England

Lab technician

David graduated with an undergraduate from the Quinney College of Natural Resources in spring 2013 and has been our tireless field and lab technician since 2011.

Konnon Smith

Undergraduate Researcher

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

Katharina Kleiss

Visiting Scientist

Katha is a visiting scientist from Germany, with diverse interests in many aspects of wetland plant ecology.  She is currently looking at the effects of temperature and salinity on Phragmites seed germination using seeds sourced from different populations on the Great Salt Lake.


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.  Lexine now works for the USGS in Flagstaff, AZ.

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.  Caroline now lives in Driggs, ID, and works for an environmental consulting firm.

Amanda Sweetman graduated in 2013.  Her MS thesis focused on: The ecology and genetics of Schoenoplectus maritimus, an important emergent macrophyte, across diverse hydrologic conditionsimplications for restoration.  Amanda now lives in Ann Arbor, MI, and is doing a fellowship with the Great Lakes Commission - Sea Grant.

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.


Carrie Reinhardt Adams, University of Florida

Andrew Baldwin, University of Maryland

Joanna Endter-Wada, Utah State University

Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota

Jes Hines, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research

Kristin Mercer, The Ohio State University

Melissa McCormick, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Christopher Neale, Utah State University

David Rosenberg, Utah State University

Michal Tal, Aix-Marseille Universite, France

Laura Triplett, Gustavus Adolphus College

Dennis Whigham, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center