Karen L. Pope
1700 Bayview Drive
Arcata, CA 95521
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I am studying the population dynamics of Cascades frogs in the Klamath Moutains and southern Cascades of California in relation to the amphibian diesease, chytridiomycosis. We are using observations, field experiments and lab experiments to determine the effects of the disease on the frogs and to find ways to allevitate those effects. I also have initiated a research program to study the effectiveness of meadow restoration projects in improving conditions for biodiversity and ecosystem adaptation to climate change.
I specialize in applied research directed toward the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, especially in mountain environments. However, many of my projects also address key basic concepts in ecology like the role of ecosystem subsidy in supporting wildlife populations and how population dynamics are affected by pathogens.
- University of California, Ph.D. Ecology, 2008
- California State Polytechnic University, M.S. Biology, 1999
- Claremont McKenna College, B.A Environmental Science, 1990
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- Garwood, Justin M.; Knapp, Roland A.; Pope, Karen L.; Grasso, Robert L.; Magnuson, Michael L.; Maurer, Jeff R. 2013. Use of historically fishless high-mountain lakes and streams by neartic River Otters (Lontra canadensis) in California.
- Piovia-Scott, Jonah; Pope, Karen L.; Lawler, Sharon P.; Cole, Esther M.; Foley, Janet E. 2011. Factors related to the distribution and prevalence of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dentrobatidis in Rana cascadae and other amphibians in the Klamath Mountains.
- Pope, Karen L. 2008. Assessing Changes in Amphibian Population Dynamics Following Experimental Manipulations of Introduced Fish.
- Fuller, Terra; Pope, Karen; Ashton, Donald ; Welsh, Hartwell, Jr. 2010. Linking the distribution of an invasive amphibian (Rana catesbeiana) to habitat conditions in a managed river system in northern California..
- Garwood, J. M.; Pope, K. L.; Bourque, R. M.; Larson, M. D. 2009. High-mountain lakes provide a seasonal niche for migrant American dippers.
- Pope, Karen L.; Garwood, Justin M.; Welsh Jr., Hartwell H.; Lawler, Sharon P. 2008. Evidence of indirect impacts of introduced trout on native amphibians via facilitation of a shared predator.
Publications & Products
- Pope, Karen; Brown, Catherine; Hayes, Marc; Green, Gregory; Macfarlane, Diane, tech. coords. 2014. Cascades frog conservation assessment.
- Joseph, Maxwell B.; Piovia-Scott, Jonah; Lawler, Sharon P.; Pope, Karen L. 2010. Indirect effects of introduced trout on Cascades frogs (Rana cascadae) via shared aquatic prey.
- Jonathan, Stead; Pope, Karen. 2010. Predatory leeches (Hirudinida) may contribute to amphibian declines in the Lassen, California..
- Welsh, H. H., Jr..; Pope, K. L.; Wheeler, C. A. 2009. How reliable are amphibian population metrics? A response to Kroll et al..
- Fellers, Gary M.; Pope, Karen L.; Stead, Jonathan E.; Koo, Michelle S.; Welsh, Hartwell H., Jr. 2007. Turning population trend monitoring into active conservation: Can we save the Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae) in the Lassen region of California?.
- Welsh Jr, Hartwell H.; Pope, Karen L.; Boiano, Daniel. 2006. Sub-alpine amphibian distributions related to species palatability to non-native salmonids in the Klamath mountains of northern California.