Kristen M. Kaczynski, PhD
I am currently an Associate Professor in Applied Ecology in the Geological & Environmental Sciences Department at California State University, Chico. I conducted postdoctoral research on riparian fire ecology and restoration in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University, working with Dr. David Cooper. I earned my PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University in Spring 2013. I studied the causes of riparian willow dieback in the Rocky Mountains, predominantly in Rocky Mountain National Park. Prior to my graduate work I worked for the National Park Service (North Cascades NP, Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP, and Yosemite NP) and the US Forest Service (Shasta Trinity National Forest and Northeast Research Station).
updated August 2019
Hannah Weinberger, Master's in Environmental Science (May 2020)
Hannah investigated the post fire response of vegetation at a nearby foothill wildfire that burned in September 2017. In addition, she examined methods for dozer line restoration.
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Jessica Shippen, Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science - Applied Ecology (May 2018)
Jess worked as a research assistant in Drakesbad Meadow in summer 2017. She presented our research at the SERCAL conference in May 2017. Jess was also awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science award for Spring 2019. She is currently an MS candidate in the Interdisciplinary Master's program at Chico State.
Lexi Thornton, Master's in Environmental Science (December 2018)
Lexi's thesis research investigated the role of nurseries and roads as anthropogenic sources for Sudden Oak Death spread into seven counties in Northern California.
Allen LaGrange, Master's in Environmental Science (May 2018)
Allen completed his master's research field work in the summers of 2016 and 2017 and graduated in May 2018. The title of his thesis was The Response of Wet Meadow Vegetation along a Hydrologic Gradient after Passive Restoration. We are currently working on a manuscript to submit for publication.
Jimmy Monge, Honors in Environmental Science (May 2017)
Jimmy assessed the in-stream leaf decomposition rates of one non-native (Ficus carica) and three native riparian plants. His research was conducted in Big Chico Creek at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. Jimmy will continue working at the Aquatic Bioassessment Lab at Chico State and is currently working on a manuscript on his honors research. Jimmy is currently working at Quantum Spatial.
Lexi Smith, Honors in Environmental Science (May 2017)
Lexi worked on a project in collaboration with River Partners and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She examined the success of seven different upland species after restoration on a gravel bar at the La Barranca unit of the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. Lexi went on to earn her Master's in Environmental Science at Yale University.
Emily Welemin, Honors in Environmental Science (May 2016)
Senior Project topic: The effect of mowing and burning on yellow starthistle populations