Katherine Hovanes

Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
Research Mentor: Elise Gornish
Teaching Mentor: Ellen Bledsoe

Dr. Hovanes is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Her research is focused on modeling the effects of local scale topography and native vegetation on population growth rates of an invasive species of an invasive grass species (Pennisetum ciliare) with the aim of developing strategies for effective management. She also examines how interactions among native plant species influence potential for successful ecological restoration of habitats degraded by invasive species, overgrazing, and drought. Dr. Hovanes is excited to learn about course design and teaching practices to implement active learning in the Postdoc Pathway program. She is especially looking forward to co-teaching with a mentor in the spring.