Dr. Karen E. Hodges
Biology, BRAES Institute - UBC Okanagan
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
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.