Dr. Karen E. Hodges
Professor, Conservation Ecology
Science 382, 1177 Research Road
University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kelowna B.C. V1V 1V7, Canada
Tel: 250 807-8763
Fax: 250 807-8005
Education and Honours
Bert Brink Canada Research Chair in Conservation Biology
Aldo Leopold Leadership Progam Fellow www.leopoldleadership.org
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Zoology)
B.A. Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi. Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts (English and Biology double major)
Major Research Interests
Human activities are causing species extinctions, extensive loss of habitats, damage to existing wild areas, and global-scale changes in climate that are altering the distribution, abundance, and persistence of many species. Further, increases in fire frequency, severity, and size are structuring forest landscapes for decades to come.
As a conservation ecologist, I focus my research on how range position and habitat configuration affect species interactions and endangerment of at-risk species. I am particularly interested in understanding population dynamics at the periphery of species’ ranges, as these populations may either be more vulnerable to the various threats facing many of the world's species or may contribute to range expansions as species respond to rapid climate change. The majority of my field-based research projects examine terrestrial vertebrates in western montane forests (e.g. Rockies, Cascades, and other mountain chains) and the sage-steppe habitats within British Columbia. I'm interested in how fires and human activities enable or prevent imperiled species from persisting in these landscapes. I am also very interested in population cycles and their causes.
Current projects in my lab focus on snowshoe hares, lynx, bobcats, dusky grouse, owls and raptors, marten, caracal and leopard, small mammals, and yellow-breasted chats and catbirds. Previous students have worked on small mammals, plants, turtles, and snakes.
Research projects by people in my lab group often require demographic, behavioural, genetic, or GIS tools to examine how species respond to different habitat types and landscape patterns. Other projects address the scientific effectiveness of conservation laws and policies, particularly the critical habitat provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the Canadian Species at Risk Act.
If you are interested in joining my lab group, please explore these pages further. I welcome working with undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Although I will consider expressions of interest, I am not planning to take any new graduate students in 2019.
- Overview of my research program
- Population dynamics of snowshoe hares
- Conservation value, demography, and protection strategies for peripheral populations
The lab group
- Biol 502:The Culture of Science
- Biol 201: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
- Biol 420T: Fire Ecology
Some Useful Links
- Species at risk in the Okanagan region of B.C.
- The Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services Institute at UBC Okanagan
- Applying for graduate studies at UBC Okanagan
All photographs in this website are © Karen E. Hodges
Website last updated: September 2018
Last reviewed 8/30/2018 2:59:00 PM