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Dr. Karen F Gaines
PSM Co-Director, Chair Department of Biological Sciences, Professor
Office: 2056 - Life Science
Dr. Gaines teaches courses in support of the PSM.
Dr. Gaines’ research interests primarily focus on wildlife toxicology at the landscape level. Most of her work involves developing spatial models that predict how different wildlife species may be exposed to contaminants such as radionuclides, metals and organics and how that may impact environmental health. Her work also focuses on spatially explicit biokinetic models for a variety of wildlife species. To accomplish this, she uses stable isotopes (primarily 15N/14N and 13C/12C) to study energy flow within different environmental systems. Dr. Gaines applies her research by developing tools within a Geographic Information System (GIS) framework to aid in ecological risk assessments. She works closely with and has been funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), as well as other national and international organizations. Graduate students who are interested in working with Dr. Gaines should have a general background in wildlife ecology and interests in learning GIS techniques to explore questions regarding environmental health.
Gaines K.F., D.E. Porter, T. Punshon, and I.L. Brisbin, Jr. 2005 A spatially explicit model of the wild hog for ecological risk assessment activities at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. 11:567-589.
Chow, T.E., K.F. Gaines, M.E. Hodgson, and M.D. Wilson. 2005. Habitat and exposure modelling for ecological risk assessment: a case study for the raccoon on the Savannah River Site. Ecological Modelling. 189:151-167.
Gaines K.F., C.S. Boring, D.E. Porter. 2005. The development of a spatially explicit model to estimate radiocesium body burdens in raccoons (Procyon lotor) for ecological risk assessment. The Science of the Total Environment. 341:15-31.
Gaines K.F., D.E. Porter, S.A. Dyer, G.R. Wein, J.E. Pinder, III, and I.L. Brisbin, Jr. 2004. Using wildlife as receptor species: a landscape approach to ecological risk assessment. Environmental Management. 34:528-545.
Selected Conference Presentations
Gaines, K.F., J.M. Novak, and G.L. Mills Is the LCP Superfund Site an Ecological Trap? A Case Study Using the Clapper Rail. 2007
Gross, L.M., Gaines, K.F., and S.J. Mullin Atrazine in agricultural runoff and its impacts on two anuran species in central Illinois. 2007
C.R. Caton, K.F. Gaines, C.S. Romanek, L. Paddock. The Wildlife Society Twelfth Annual Conference (Sept. 2005) "The use of stable isotopes to differentiate wild and pen raised ring-necked pheasants along the Missouri River Basin."
K.F. Gaines, T.E. Chow, M.A. Wilson, and Michael E. Hodgson. The Wildlife Society Twelfth Annual Conference (Sept. 2005) "A spatially explicit exposure model to estimate contaminant exposure in wildlife."
A.J. Gregor, R.L. DeMots, K.F. Gaines, J.M. Novak. The Wildlife Society Twelfth Annual Conference (Sept. 2005) "The influence of landscape heterogeneity on resource selection by amphibians and small mammals in southeastern South Dakota."
K.F. Gaines. Invited Seminar, North Dakota State University (October 2004) "Using stable isotopes for the conservation of wildlife species at the landscape level."
T.E. Chow, K.F. Gaines, M.E. Hodgson, M.D. Wilson. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (May 2004)"Habitat and exposure modeling of the raccoon for ecological risk assessment: a case study for the Savannah River Site."
K.F. Gaines. Invited Seminar, University of Nebraska – Omaha (March 2004) "Spatial modeling of wildlife receptor species for ecological risk assessment."