Dr. Karen Abbot

Dr. Karen Abbott is a theoretical population ecologist and associate professor in the Department of Biology. On her research, she uses mathematical models of interacting species to explore possible causes for why species occur where they do and what makes their abundances fluctuate over time.

Her PhD student, Sam Catella, who is studying the effects of multiple abiotic gradients with distinct spatial properties on plant community composition and distributions, will be working at the Farm maple-beech-oak woods collecting data on the spring native wild flower populations.