Karen E. Hodges

The University of British Columbia
Okanagan campus


People and Projects

Supervision Philosophy  

I value having a diverse lab group in which people feel free to explore ideas and approaches to problems.  I encourage students to develop their own projects as much as possible within the constraints of time, logistics, and funding.  I expect students to try to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals and to present work at national or international conferences. Undergraduate Honours' students are also encouraged to undertake projects that may result in publications.  I expect students in my lab to interact positively with each other, and I foster regular times to meet to discuss current research.  I also value outreach beyond the scientific community, so students who wish to interact with the media, government agencies, schools, etc. are encouraged to do so.  I enjoy working with people at BSc, MSc, PhD, and postdoctoral levels.

Current students

Please note: I am currently recruiting students for several projects.  Please see Research and employment opportunities.

Melissa Tesche, M.Sc. student. Demographic responses of painted turtles to landscape patterns in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley. Study area: Okanagan Valley, B.C.

Carmen Vanbianchi, M.Sc. student. Landscape connectivity of Canada lynx in relation to recent forest fires in Washington. Study area: north-central Washington.

Former associates

Roberta Newbury, Ph.D. 2013. Behavioral ecology of the bobcat in a region with deep winter snows.  Study area: Flathead National Forest, Montana.

Emily Herdman, Postdoctoral Fellow. Emily worked on approaches to evaluating the conservation value of peripheral populations, and also on the demography and movements of a species of special concern, the Nuttall's cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii).

Laura Prugh, Postdoctoral Fellow.  Laura used meta-analytical approaches to determine causes and correlates of species endangerment in Canada and the effects of habitat fragmentation across taxa on a global scale.

Leanna Warman, Research Associate. Leanna has worked on several projects related to systematic reserve selection and biodiversity mapping in British Columbia. She completed her M.Sc. degree in Zoology at UBC on issues related to the application of a systematic reserve selection algorithm in the South Okanagan, BC.

Ellen Cheng, Ph.D. 2010 at the University of Montana (co-supervisor, Dr. L.S. Mills). Large-scale patterns in gene flow and synchrony in snowshoe hares.  Main study area: Glacier National Park, Montana.

Tanis Gieselman, M.Sc. 2010 at UBC Vancouver (co-supervisor, Dr. Mark Vellend, Botany).   Edge effects in southern Okanagan grasslands adjacent to human development. Study area: south Okanagan Valley, B.C.

Natalie Melaschenko, M.Sc. 2010. Small mammals responding to cheatgrass at a range periphery: movement and population dynamics. Study area: south Okanagan Valley, B.C.

Katy (White) Williams, M.Sc. 2008.  Great Basin Gophersnake movement and habitat use in the Okanagan Valley, B.C. Study area: north and south Okanagan Valley, B.C.

Carly (Walker) Lewis, M.Sc., University of Montana, 2005 (co-supervisor, Dr. Scott Mills).  Snowshoe hare population dynamics and movements in a fragmented landscape. Study area: Okanogan National Forest, Washington.

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