Biology: Dr. Root
Dr. Karen V. Root (Graduate Coordinator)


Dr. Karen V. Root
Ph. D., Florida Institute of Technology
Office:     429E Life Sciences Building
Phone:   1-419-372-8559
conservation biology, population viability analysis, reserve design
Root Lab Home Page
Courses taught:
Conservation Biology in Practice
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. 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:

Janos, G. and K. V. Root. In press. Bats do not alter their foraging activity in response to owl calls. American Midland Naturalist.

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).

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. (

Regan, H.M., H. R. Akcakaya; S. Ferson; K.V. Root; L.R. Ginzburg; R. Pastorok. 2003. Treatments of uncertainty and variability in ecological risk assessment of populations, ecosystems, and landscapes. Human Ecological Risk Assessment 9(4):889-906.

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

Root, K.V. (ed.) 2002. Environmental Science on the Web: Interactive Online Laboratories for Environmental Science. Applied Biomathematics, Setauket, NY.