Ph.D., Biology, University of California, Riverside, 2006
B.S., Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, University of California, San Diego, 1993
A native of California, Karen's interest in wildlife biology developed from spending time at her family's cabin in the Sierra National Forest. In 1990, she volunteered in the Student Conservation Association, doing meadow restoration in Yosemite National Park. In 1991, she began working with the Forest Service as a volunteer and worked for the agency until 1996. From 1997 to 2003, she worked for the Pacific Southwest Research Station in Fresno, CA. She wrote her dissertation - Effects of prescribed burning in the spring on avian communities - in connection with the Station with Kathryn Purcell, Ph.D. Karen relocated to the Rocky Mountain Research Station Albuquerque Lab in 2005.
Karen is studying the effects of fuel reduction on small mammals and birds in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest. Results from the research will provide information for future management decisions and insights into wildlife response to changes in forest structure. Karen is also conducting species assessments to identify those species most vulnerable to climate change. The study is conducted in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy and the University of Arizona and will identify priority species and develop management options. She is also involved in assessing the response of terrestrial vertebrate species within a current climate change scenario for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.
Bagne, K. 2006. Effects of prescribed burning in the spring on avian communities. University of California, Riverside, CA. available
Bagne, K., Purcell, K.L., Rotenberry, J. 2008. Prescribed fire, snag population dynamics, and avian nest site selection. Forest Ecology and Management 255 (2008) 99-105. http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/29488