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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.


Lexine Long

Masters student

Lexine began her Masters project in August 2011. For her research she will be using remote sensing techniques to determine the current extent of Phragmites invasion along the Great Salt Lake. In addition, she will work on modeling the future spread of Phragmites in the Great Salt Lake and on developing a prioritization framework for control.


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.


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 longevity of Phragmites seeds buried in wetlands under different vegetation types.


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.


Megan Stewart

QCNR REU student

(Quinney College of Natural Resources Research Experiences for Undergraduates student)

Megan is working us this summer, 2014, on seed dormancy and germination of three bulrushes native to Great Salt Lake wetlands.  Megan is an undergraduate student at Penn State University where she is majoring in Environmental Resource Management.


Graduates!

Caroline Laine graduated in fall 2011.  Her Masters 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 defended her Masters thesis in fall 2011.  Her 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 fall 2011.  Her Masters 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 works for the Utah Geological Survey.


Collaborators

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