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Masters Degree in Environmental Science & Policy

Karen Stahlheber

Karen Stahlheber
Assistant Professor (Biology)
LS 467
(920) 465-2283

Research Interests: I am a plant community ecologist interested in the connections among species diversity, ecosystem processes and human management. My past and current projects span natural and agricultural landscapes, with a focus on savannas and grasslands. Presently my research addresses questions such as:
How does plant species diversity in Midwest grasslands affect the potential for bioenergy production?
How might genetic diversity within a dominant species and/or invasion by exotic species affect ecosystem processes?
How are mutualistic partnerships (such as those between plants and mycorrhizae) affected by global change?
I am also interested in restoration of natural ecosystems, both in terms of the predictability of outcomes and the resulting changes to desired ecosystem services.

Education: Ph.D., Ecology, University of California Santa Barbara; B.A., Environmental Studies/Biology, Middlebury College