Karen Root

Dr. Karen V. Root

Ph. D., Florida Institute of Technology   

Office:     429E Life Sciences Building
Phone:   1-419-372-8559
Email:     kvroot@bgsu.edu  

Research: conservation biology, population viability analysis, reserve design

Root Lab Home Page 


Courses taught:

Conservation Biology in Practice

Wildlife Biology

Landscape Ecology


Research Interests:

My primary research focus is the conservation of biodiversity, including conservation planning and management. This research combines ecological fieldwork with the application of quantitative techniques such as GIS. and risk assessment to conservation issues. I am especially interested in the distribution and ecological requirements of native species and what makes them vulnerable to extinction.

Work in my lab includes projects that focus on a variety of organisms and scales from single species population dynamics to landscape-scale multispecies reserve designs. My graduate students work on projects such as habitat suitability analysis for vertebrates, PVA for listed species, mark-recapture studies, and ecosystem characterization. Recently, I have been exploring new methods for multispecies assessments as part of multispecies recovery efforts in Florida and Ohio.

Selected Publications:

Cross, M., K. V. Root, C. J. Mehne, J. McGowan-Stinski, D. Pearsall, and J. C. Gillingham. 2015. Multi-scale responses of eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) to prescribed Fire. American Midland Naturalist 173 (2): 346-362.

Cross, M., E. J. Tobin, G. Lipps and K. V. Root.  2014.  Pattern-recognition Software as a Method of Identifying Individual Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene c. carolina).  Herpetological Review 45(4): 584–586.

Janos, G. and K. V. Root. 2014. Bats do not alter their foraging activity in response to owl calls. American Midland Naturalist 171:375-378.

Sewald, J., Whorton, C. and K.V. Root. 2014. Developing macrohabitat models for bats in parks using Maxent and testing them with data collected from citizen scientists. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 6(2): 171-183. [DOI: 10.5897/IJBC2013.0647].

Schetter, T.A., T. L. Walters, and K. V. Root. 2013. A Multi-scale Spatial Analysis of Native and Exotic Plant Species Richness Within a Mixed-Disturbance Oak Savanna Landscape. Environmental Management 52(3):581-594 (DOI 10.1007/s00267-013-0120-y).

Root, K. V. 2012. Environmental Science: Science-based Problem Solving in Today’s World. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.

Kappler, R., H. Michaels, and K. V. Root. 2012. Impact of Mice Seed Predation on Wild Lupine in and near Oak Savannas. American Midland Naturalist 168:18-29.

Schetter, T. A., and K. V. Root. 2011. Assessing an imperiled oak savanna landscape in northwestern Ohio using Landsat data. Natural Areas Journal 31(2):118-130.

Pickens, B. and K.V. Root. 2009. Butterfly behavior as a tool for assessing a managed landscape: A case study of the Karner Blue Butterfly. Landscape Ecology 24: 243-251.

Pickens, B. and K. V. Root. 2008. Oviposition strategy and behavior of the Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society.62(3): 130-132.

Pickens, B. and K.V. Root. 2008. Identifying factors affecting nutrition for the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly, Lycaeides Melissa samuelis. Natural Areas Journal 28: 210-217

Kautz, R., R. Kawula, T. Hoctor, J. Comiskey, D. Jansen, D. Jennings, J. Kasbohm, D. Land, F. Mazzotti, R. McBride, L. Richardson, and K. Root. 2006. How Much Is Enough? Landscape-scale Conservation for the Florida Panther. Biological Conservation130:118-133.

Root, K. V. (ed.) 2005. Environmental Science Interactive. Web School of Science, Setauket, NY.

Root, K. V. 2004. Using models to guide recovery efforts for the Florida Panther. Pages 491-504 in H. R. Akçakaya, M. Burgman, O. Kindvall, C. C. Wood, P. Sjogren-Gulve, J. Hatfield, and M. McCarthy (eds.), Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

Root, K. V. 2003. Prioritizing Conservation of Biodiversity Using a Multispecies Approach. Gap Analysis Bulletin 11:18-23. (http://www.gap.uidaho.edu/Bulletins/11/Prioritizing_conservation.htm)

Root, K.V.; H.R. Akcakaya; L.R. Ginzburg. 2003. A multispecies approach to ecological valuation and conservation. Conservation Biology17: 196-206.