Katya Kovalenko Ph.D.

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Professional Title
Research Associate

Research Interests

  • bioindicators of watershed-level stress
  • community thresholds and functional changes in response to anthropogenic stress
  • habitat complexity, its role in food web structure and community dynamics
  • reclamation of oil sands wetlands, with focus on ecosystem function
  • food web structure and carbon dynamics in wetland ecosystems
  • alternative stable states and non-linear dynamics, nutrient pulses
  • community and ecosystem effects of invasive species

Education

  • Postdoctoral, Ecology, University of Windsor, 2009-2013
  • Ph.D., Ecology, Mississippi State University, 2009
  • M.S., Fisheries/Statistics, Mississippi State University, 2001

Recent Publications

Effects of human land use on avian functional and taxonomic diversity within the upland coastal zone of the North American Great Lakes

4 months ago
Effets de l'utilisation des terres par l'homme sur la diversité fonctionnelle et taxonomique de l'avifaune dans les hautes-terres côtières des Grands Lacs d'Amérique du NordTranslated title of the contribution: Effects of human land use on avian functional and taxonomic diversity within the upland coastal zone of the North American Great LakesBracey, A. M., Kovalenko, K. E., Niemi, G., Giese, E. E. G., Howe, R. W. & Grinde, A. R., Aug 2022, In: Avian Conservation and Ecology. 17, 2, 6.

Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Constraints on the adjustment of tidal marshes to accelerating sea level rise

4 months 4 weeks ago
Constraints on the adjustment of tidal marshes to accelerating sea level riseSaintilan, N., Kovalenko, K. E., Guntenspergen, G., Rogers, K., Lynch, J. C., Cahoon, D. R., Lovelock, C. E., Friess, D. A., Ashe, E., Krauss, K. W., Cormier, N., Spencer, T., Adams, J., Raw, J., Ibanez, C., Scarton, F., Temmerman, S., Meire, P., Maris, T., Thorne, K., & 13 othersBrazner, J., Chmura, G. L., Bowron, T., Gamage, V. P., Cressman, K., Endris, C., Marconi, C., Marcum, P., St. Laurent, K., Reay, W., Raposa, K. B., Garwood, J. A. & Khan, N., Jul 9 2022, In: Science. 377, 6605, p. 523-527 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Featured Research Projects

The ForCAST tool attempts to provide forestry professionals and land managers with an opportunity to evaluate how a changing climate and changing markets might a

A risk-based classification and map of watersheds contributing anthropogenic stress to Great Lakes coastal ecosystems.

The goal of this project was to develop a model that predicts potential beaver dam locations based on stream channel, watershed and habitat characteristics.

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