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					Karen Elizabeth Munroe School of Natural Resources Biological Sciences East, room 325 University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona 85720 Phone: (520) 670-5579 kmunroe@ag.arizona.edu University of Arizona (2001-present) Major: Wildlife Conservation and Management Degree sought Ph.D. Emphasis: Ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation genetics Advisor: John Koprowski Purdue University (1998-2001) Masters of Science: Ecology Advisor: Richard D. Howard Arizona State University (1995-1997) Bachelor of Science: Biology Wilkes University (1993-1995) Major: Biology Advisor: Michael Steele Research Experience: Ph.D. Research Project, University of Arizona (2003-present) • “Ecology and behavior of round-tailed ground squirrels (Spermophilus tereticaudus).” Techniques used include: live trapping, handling bags, ear tagging, freeze marking, focal animal sampling, scan sampling PCR, microsatellite analysis, paternity analysis, and population analysis. F. Gray Research Group, United States Geological Survey (2005-present) • Long-term monitoring of water quality and mine remediation in southeastern Arizona. Techniques used include: water, soil, salt, and lake core collection from industrial mining areas in geologically important areas in southeastern Arizona. Data analysis of long-term data sets for mine remediation. J.L. Koprowski Research Group, University of Arizona (2001-2003) • Long-term monitoring of Mt. Graham red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis) and western red squirrels (T. hudsonicus) in southeastern Arizona Techniques used include: trapping and censusing red squirrels in southeastern Arizona. Techniques used include: live trapping, handling bags, ear tagging, and focal animal sampling.

M. Levy Research Group, Purdue University (2000-2001) • Phylogenetic analysis of rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe grisea). Techniques used include: DNA extraction, DNA quantification, maxipreps, Southern blotting, and hybridization with a radioactive isotope. R. Howard Research Group, Purdue University (1998-2001) • Mating success studies of eastern gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis). Techniques used include: live trapping, handling bags, ear tags, freeze branding, scan sampling and focal animal sampling. M. Steele Research Group, Wilkes University (1993-1998) • Temporary Research Director (1997-1998). Responsibilities included: Coordinated ongoing research projects, writing manuscripts and Mammalian Species Accounts. • Behavioral studies of eastern gray squirrels (S. carolinensis). Techniques used include: live trapping, handling bag, ear tagging, fur dying, scan sampling, focal animal sampling, and statistical computation. Animal collection and profusion in collaboration with Lucia Jacobs, University of California – Berkley. • Caching studies of acorns (Quercus sp.) by eastern gray squirrels (S. carolinensis). Techniques used include: seed collection, collection of metal-tagged seeds, seed shadow determination, seed chemistry determination, acorn parasite infestation quantification. • Location studies of the locally endangered northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus). Techniques used include live trapping, handling bag, ear tags, and radio collaring. Publications and Presentations: • Munroe, K. E., J. L. Koprowski, V. L. Greer. “The mating and social systems in red squirrels: Do Mt. Graham red squirrels fit the pattern?” Ecology of Endangerment: The Mt. Graham Red Squirrel and its Last Refuge. In Press. • Female reproductive characteristics of round-tailed ground squirrels: Implications for managing wildlife in parks preserving cultural resources. September 2007. The 14th Annual Wildlife Society Meeting. • Inter-annual variation in annual cycles of female round-tailed ground squirrels: the difference a year makes! June 2007. American Society of Mammalogy’s annual meeting • Ecology of the round-tailed ground squirrel at Casa Grande National Ruins Monument. April 2007. Invited speaker for an International Park Service Conference. • Ecology of the round-tailed ground squirrel at Casa Grande National Ruins Monument. 2005- 2007. Annual invited speaker at the Casa Grande National Ruins Monument. • Swihart, R., T. Atwood, J. Goheen, D. Scheiman, K. Munroe, and T. Gehring. 2003. “Patch occupancy of North American mammals: Is patchiness in the eye of the beholder?” Journal of Biogeography 30:1259-1279. • Levy, M. and K. E. Munroe. 2001. Diversity, Ecology and Behavior. Laboratory Manual for Biology 122. Purdue University Press. West Lafayette, Indiana. • “The mating and social systems in red squirrels: Do Mt. Graham red squirrels fit the pattern?” May 2003. Mt. Graham Red Squirrel Symposium. • “Does it matter what you call home? The correlation between female reproductive success and territory quality in red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus).” June 2003 American Society of Mammalogy.

Teaching Experience: • Adjunct Faculty, Sabbatical Replacement, SNR316: Natural Resource Ecology, University of Arizona (Fall 2007) • Adjunct faculty, Bio 100: Principles of Biology, Pima Community College, NW Campus (Fall 2003Spring 2007). • Technical science education specialist and curriculum development, The Center for Outreach Education, The College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona (2006). • National Science Foundation Fellowship, The Collaboration for the Advancement of Teaching Technology and Science (CATTS) (2004-2006). • Guest lecturer. SNR 316: Ecology, University of Arizona, J. L. Koprowski (2005-2006). • Teaching assistant, Bio 182: Introduction to Biology, University of Arizona, (Spring 2004). • Adjunct faculty, Bio 105: Environmental Biology, Pima Community College, NW Campus (Fall 2003). • Teaching assistant, Bio 181: Introduction to Biology, University of Arizona, (Fall 2003). • Guest lecturer. Our Dynamic Landscape, University of Arizona, T. Wilson (2003). • Teaching assistant, Bio 580: Evolution, Purdue University, (2001). • Assistant co-coordinator, Bio 132: Development, Structure and Function of Organisms, Purdue University, (2001). • Course co-designer, Bio 122: Diversity, Ecology and Behavior, Purdue University, (2000-2001). • Assistant co-coordinator, Bio 122: Diversity, Ecology and Behavior, Purdue University, (2000). • Teaching assistant, Bio 122: Diversity, Ecology and Behavior, Purdue University, (2000, 1999). • Teaching assistant, Bio 592: Evolution of Behavior, Purdue University, (2000). • Teaching assistant, Bio 286: General Ecology, Purdue University, (1999). • Teaching assistant, Bio 122: Diversity, Ecology and Behavior, Purdue University, (1998). • Teaching assistant, Bio 226: Population and Community Biology Lab, Wilkes University, (1994). Awards and Honors: • Wildlife Foundation Scholarship (2007) • National Science Foundation Fellowship (2004-2006) • Western Parks and Monuments Association Grant (2003) • T&E, Inc. Grant (2003) • Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Honor Roll, Purdue University (2001) • Sigma Xi Research Grant (2000) • Alton A. Lindsey Award and Grant, Purdue University (1999) • Putnam County (New York) Youth Volunteer Award (1993) Service: • Committee Member: Curriculum and Instruction Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona. (2007-2008) • Board Member: National Science Foundation GK-12 Education Grant: The Collaboration for the Advancement of Teaching Technology and Science (CATTS) (2004-2008). • Board Member: The Wildlife Society Annual Conference in Tucson (2007). • Board Member: Conference for AZ/NM Wildlife Society and the AZ chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Flagstaff (2006).

• Outside Reviewer: United States Geological Survey funding proposals (2007). • Reviewer: Western North American Naturalist (2007), Southwestern American Naturalist (2007)

Affiliations: • Tomorrow’s Professor (2007-present) • Sigma Delta Epsilon, Graduate Women in Science (2002-present) • The Wildlife Society (2002-present) • The International Society for Behavior (2002-present) • RIBS (Research Ethics in Beginning Scientists) founding member (2000-2001) • Committee member for Purdue Ecology/Forestry Seminar Series (2000) • International Society for Behavioral Ecology (2000-present) • Animal Behavior Society (1998-present) • American Society of Mammalogy (1998-present) • Scientist for Science by Mail, Boston Museum of Science (1998-2000)


				
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