Conservation Biology & Population Ecology Lab

Root Lab

Dr. Karen V. Root

Conservation Biologist
Graduate Coordinator
Dept. of Biological Sciences




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My primary research focus is the conservation of native biodiversity, including habitat and population modeling, and conservation planning and management. This research combines ecological fieldwork with the application of quantitative techniques, such as G.I.S. and risk assessment, to address conservation issues across many scales.

I am especially interested in the distribution and ecological requirements of native species and what makes them vulnerable to extinction. read more

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Work in the Lab

My students and I study a wide variety of species in many different ecosystems examining where they live, identifying what they need for long-term viability, and developing recommendations for conservation and management. We have been focusing our attention lately on the biodiversity hotspot of the Oak Openings Region in Northwest Ohio.

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I teach a number of courses including: Ecology, Conservation Biology in Practice, Landscape Ecology, Wildlife Biology, and graduate seminars in ecology and conservation biology topics (e.g., Applied Population Ecology, Conservation Behavior, Population Viability Analysis).

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