Karen's research interests, publications and presentations involve the economics of human-wildlife interaction, economics education, and the economics of gender in the United States economy. Before joining academia, she worked as an Economist at the United States Department of Agriculture/ Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center conducting research on the interactions of humans and wildlife, such as the economic effects of vampire bat transmitted rabies in Mexico; the potential economic damage from introduction of invasive species to the Islands of Hawai‘ i; bioeconomic modeling of the impacts of wildlife transmitted disease; and others. Her current research focuses on using learning analytics to improve student learning outcomes in economics education with an emphasis on improving grades and completion rates in online courses.
In her free time, Karen enjoys rock climbing and camping in the Colorado Rockies and beyond.
Education: Ph.D., Colorado State University