Karen E. Hodges

The University of British Columbia
Okanagan Campus


People and Projects

Supervision Philosophy

I enjoy working with people at BSc, MSc, PhD, and postdoctoral levels.

I value having a diverse lab group in which people feel free to explore ideas and varied 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, non-profits, schools, industry, and land-owners are encouraged to do so. Indeed, many of our research projects require--and benefit from--such interactions. I also strongly encourage my students to apply for fellowships, grants-in-aid-of-research, and awards; many of my students have succeeded in these applications.

Current graduate students

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

Kristen Mancuso, PhD student. Migration ecology of yellow-breasted chats. Study areas: south central B,C., southern Oregon, Mexico.

Kristine Teichman, PhD student. Mitigation of livestock depredation while conserving biological diversity in the succulent Karoo. Study area: South Africa.

Logan Volkmann, PhD student. Demography and movements of American marten in post-fire landscapes. Study areas: near Williams Lake

British Columbia, and Okanogan National Forest, northern Washington.

Angelina Kelly, MSc student. Population ecology of small mammals in post-fire landscapes. Study area: near Williams Lake, British Columbia.

Kirstie Lawson, M.Sc. student. Spatial ecology of Dusky Grouse. Study area: OK Ranch, near Jesmond, British Columbia.

Thanks to our funders

None of this work would be possible without our funders. I and my students are very grateful to acknowledge NSERC, UBC Okanagan, the Upland Bird Society, SYLVIS, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. We are glad to recognize the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and anglers, hunters, trappers and guides who contribute to the Trust, for making a significant financial contribution to support the fire-related marten and small mammal research in BC. We gratefully acknowledge the Forest Enhancement Society of BC for supporting the small mammal and marten research. We also gratefully acknowledge Seattle City Light for funding the Washington marten research.


Former associates

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.

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

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. Study area: Glacier National Park, Montana.

TJ Gooliaff, M.Sc. 2017. Spatiotemporal patterns and reliability of bobcat and Canada Lynx occurrence records in British Columbia.

Jenna Hutchen, M.Sc. 2017. Snowshoe hare responses post-fire. Study areas: various burned and unburned areas in southcentral British Columbia.

Carmen Vanbianchi, M.Sc. 2015. Landscape connectivity of Canada lynx in relation to recent forest fires in Washington. Study area: north-central Washington.

Melissa Tesche, M.Sc. 2014. Demographic responses of painted turtles to landscape patterns in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley. Study area: Okanagan Valley, B.C.

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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