Texas Tech University
Black rail ecology on the Texas Coast
Karen grew up in the Los Angeles area and graduated from University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Wildlife, Fisheries, & Conservation Biology. She has experience working in a variety of habitats, including various parts of CA, MT, NY, PA, NM, and TX. Some of her past experiences include biological and field technician positions for an array of public and private entities including CA State Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, UC Berkeley, Oklahoma State University, Bat Conservation & Management, and WEST Inc. She has had the opportunity to work with several species including Western bluebirds, Western snowy plovers, scaled quail, lesser prairie-chickens, and Indiana Bats. She has also spent a lot of time volunteering for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles preparing study specimens and assisting at local bird banding stations for San Fernando Valley Audubon. Her master’s research focuses on the effects of fire and grazing regimes on black rail and mottled duck habitat selection in Texas coastal associated wetlands.