Adjunct Faculty

Gerald Ankley, Adjunct Associate Professor

Gerald Ankley, Adjunct Associate Professor

Ecotoxicology

Environmental Protection Agency

Charles Anderson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Charles Anderson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Fisheries ecology, stream ecology

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Lou Cornicelli, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Lou Cornicelli, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Large ungulates, wildlife diseases, human dimensions of wildlife

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Glenn DelGiudice, Adjunct Professor

Glenn DelGiudice, Adjunct Professor

Nutritional and physiological ecology of large mammals, with a focus on extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting population performance.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Julia Frost Nerbonne, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Julia Frost Nerbonne, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Julia Frost Nerbonne

Environmental sustainability; conflict management; social movements; climate movement; climate psychology

Executive Director, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light

Gretchen Hansen, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Gretchen Hansen, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Gretchen Hansen

Climate change, long-term trends in fish populations, aquatic invasive species, food webs/community dynamics, landscape models of fish habitat, and adaptive management.

Tara Harris, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Tara Harris, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Tara Harris

Mammalian conservation, behavior, and reproduction; ex situ conservation

Douglas Johnson, Adjunct Professor

Douglas Johnson, Adjunct Professor

Quantitative ecology

U.S. Geological Survey (Emeritus)

Terry Kreeger, Adjunct Professor

Terry Kreeger, Adjunct Professor

Wildlife diseases ecology, physiology.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Vet Services

Thomas Landwehr, Adjunct Instructor

Thomas Landwehr, Adjunct Instructor

Large landscape conservation, conservation finance, conservation innovation.

Commissioner - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Mike Larson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mike Larson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mike Larson

Avian ecology & management, quantitative ecology, decision analysis

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Research

Jeff Lawrence, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jeff Lawrence, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Waterfowl Conservation and Management

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Wetland Wildlife Populations

Olivia Le Dee, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Olivia Le Dee, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Olivia LeDee

Conservation Planning

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Policy & Planning

L. David Mech, Adjunct Professor

L. David Mech, Adjunct Professor

Wolf ecology, behavior, physiology, and relationships with prey; wolf prey escape and defense mechanisms and behavior; predator-prey relations.

Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey

Loren Miller, Adjunct Associate Professor

Loren Miller, Adjunct Associate Professor

Fisheries Conservation Genetics, Population Genetics, Hatchery Management

Aquatic Genetics (AquaGen) Laboratory

Bruce Monson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Bruce Monson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Limnology, mercury and emerging contaminants in aquatic environments

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

Karen Oberhauser, Adjunct Professor

Karen Oberhauser
2003 Upper Buford Circle
Rm. 35A
Saint Paul, MN 55108
+1 612 624 8706
35A Skok Hall
Professor/Extension Specialist, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Teaching: 
  • FW 1901 Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation (Freshman Seminar)
  • FW 4102 Principles of Conservation Biology
  • ESPM 3000 Biotechnology and the Natural Environment
  • ESPM 5480 Monarchs and More: Insect Ecology for Teachers
Research: 

My students and I conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) ecology. Our work has addressed their reproductive ecology, effects of investment in ejaculates by males on fitness and mating patterns in both sexes, a neogregarine protozoan parasite of monarchs, factors affecting the distribution and abundance of immature monarch stages, and risks posed by global climate change, insecticide use and genetically-modified crops. I have a strong interest in engaging K-12 students and teachers in inquiry-based science and promoting a citizenry with a high degree of scientific and environmental literacy. To this end, I have developed a comprehensive science education program called Monarchs in the Classroom. The program involves courses and workshops for teachers, a nationwide Citizen Science project called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, curriculum development, and distribution of monarch eggs and larvae to classroom teachers.

Education: 

Ph. D. University of Minnesota, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Select Publications: 

Oberhauser, K.S., O. R. Taylor, S. M. Reppert, H. Dingle, K. R. Nail, R. M. Pyle, C. Stenoien. 2013. Are monarch butterflies true navigators? The jury is still out. PNAS 110(39):E3680.

Diffendorfer J.E., Loomis J.B., Ries L., Oberhauser K.S., Lopez-Hoffman L., Semmens D., Semmens B., Butterfield B., Bagstad K., Goldstein J., Wiederholt R., Mattsson B., Thogmartin W.E. 2013. National valuation of monarch butterflies indicates an untapped potential for incentive-based conservation. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12065.

Zipkin, E., L. Ries, R. Reeves, J. Reetz, K.S. Oberhauser. 2012. Tracking climate impacts on the migratory monarch butterfly. Global Change Biology 18:3039–3049

Pleasants, J., K.S. Oberhauser. 2012. Milkweed loss in agricultural fields because of herbicide use: Effect on the monarch butterfly population. Insect Conservation and Diversity. DOI:10.1111/j.1752-4598.2012.00196.x

Oberhauser, K.S., G. Lebuhn. 2012 . Insects and plants: Engaging undergraduates in authentic research via citizen science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 318–320.

Oberhauser, K.S. 2012. Tachinid flies and monarch butterflies: Citizen Scientists document parasitism patterns over broad spatial and temporal scales. American Entomologist 58:19-22.

Bartel, R.E., K.S. Oberhauser, J.C. De Roode, S.M. Altizer. 2011. Monarch migration, seasonal habitat use and parasite transmission in eastern North America. Ecology 92(2): 342-351.

Fargione, J.E., T.R. Cooper, D.J.Flaspohler, J. Hill, C. Lehman, T. McCoy, S. McLeod, E.J. Nelson, K.S. Oberhauser, D. Tilman. 2009. Bioenergy and wildlife: Threats and opportunities for grassland conservation. Bioscience 59:767-777.

Lindsey, E., M. Mudresh, V. Dhulipala, K. Oberhauser, S. Altizer. 2009. Crowding and disease: effects of host density on resonse to infection in a butterfly-parasite interaction. Ecological Entomology, in press.

Solensky, M.S. and K. S. Oberhauser. 2009. Sperm precedence in monarch butterflies Danaus plexippus). Behavioural Ecology, doi: 10.1093/beheco/arp003

Solensky, M.S. and K. S. Oberhauser. 2009. Male monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) adjust their ejaculates in response to risk and intensity of sperm competition. Animal Behaviour 77:465-472.

Areas of Interest: 

Invertebrate conservation and ecology, with particular interest in monarch butterflies; Citizen Science and ecological monitoring; Promoting a citizenry with a high degree of scientific and environmental literacy.

Faculty and Staff Categories: 

Donald Pereira, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Donald Pereira, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Fisheries population & community dynamics, watershed management

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Fish Biology

Veronique St. Louis, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Veronique St. Louis, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Quantitative ecology

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Amy Schrank, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Amy Schrank, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Amy Schrank

I am an aquatic ecologist with specific research interests in 1) fish movement patterns and community dynamics, 2) aquatic terrestrial links, and 3) the effects of human impacts on aquatic systems.

Seth Stapleton, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Seth Stapleton, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Adjunct Assistant Professor Seth Stapleton

Conservation of marine turtles, Population ecology, Impacts of climate change, Development of methods for monitoring wildlife populations

Henry Streby, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Henry Streby, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Avian ecology

University of Toledo - Environmental Sciences

Edward Swain, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Edward Swain, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Aquatic ecosystem ecology, air pollution impacts, paleolimnology

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Dawn Tanner, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dawn Tanner, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Paul Venturelli, Assistant Professor

Paul Venturelli, Assistant Professor

Paul Venturelli

Aquatic ecology; fish and fisheries; invasive and endangered species; life history (e.g., growth, maturity, reproduction, longevity); population dynamics and modeling; resource management and policy; temperature and climate change. 

B51A Skok Hall

Jessica Ward, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jessica Ward, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Behavioral ecology, conservation, evolution

University of Minnesota - Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

Tom Will, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Tom Will, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Avian biology and conservation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service