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Karen L. Pope

Wildlife Biologist
1700 Bayview Drive
United States

Phone: 707-825-2957
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Current Research

I am studying the population dynamics of Cascades frogs in the Klamath Mountains and southern Cascades of California in relation to the amphibian disease, 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.

Research Interests

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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Research Highlights


Disease Risk for Mountain Amphibians of California

Chytridiomycosis, an infectious disease caused by a fungus, has emerged as a catastrophic global pandemic in amphibians within the past several ...


Last updated on : 08/13/2021