Professor of Wetland Ecology

Contact Info

Institution: Utah State University, Senior Partner

Phone: (435) 797-2546

Address: 5210 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322, US


Research Disciplines

  • Natural Resource Management

  • Restoration Ecology

  • Plant Communities

  • Plant Ecology

  • Wetlands

  • Invasive Species

  • Reintroduced plant species

  • TES plant species

Research Interests

  1. Mechanisms and impacts of plant invasions in wetlands.
  2. Restoration of wetlands: (a) control of invasive plants, (b) seed and seedling ecology to inform native plant restoration, (c) the importance of locally adapted and genetically diverse plant materials to native plant restoration, (d) the importance of plant diversity to the restoration of wetland functions and services.
  3. Interaction between hydrology and wetland plants: the impacts of intensive hydrologic management and drought on plant regeneration, habitat quality, and the ability of plants to support wetland functions.




Karin is head of the Wetland Ecology and Restoration Lab in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. She has a B.A. in biology from Oberlin College. She received her Ph.D. in applied plant sciences from the University of Minnesota.  She has been a faculty member at USU since 2008


  • Ph.D., Applied Plant Sciences
    University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
    Dissertation: Seed ecology of wetland Carex species—implications for restoration
    Advisor: Dr. Susan M. Galatowitsch  
  • B.A., Biology
  • 1998
    Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
    Advisor: Dr. David Benzing