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Karen H. Beard

I am a professor of Conservation Biology at Utah State University. My research usually focuses on species interactions and subsequent impacts on ecosystem processes, especially focused on the issues of invasive species and climate change. I am especially excited about a few projects I’m working on. I have been working on a research project in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska, investigating how changes in the timing of bird migration and the start of the growing season influence ecosystem functioning. I also have a project on the effects of changing precipitation patterns in Utah. Finally, I have new students continuing research on the impacts of the coqui frog invasion in Hawaii.

An Invasive Frog Increases And Decreases Non-Native Mammals In Hawaii

Can a little frog make a difference? This is the question we asked ourselves when a small frog (~3 cm) from one area of the world invaded another. Back in the late 1980s, the coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) endemic to […]