Above photo courtesy of current PPCN student Seth Sykora-Bodie

Director
Dr. Karen Lips
klips@umd.edu

Dr. Lips' work is focused on the conservation and ecology of amphibians and reptiles. In particular she is interested in how emerging infectious diseases and global change affect multiple components including population, community and ecosystems. The majority of her research takes place at various field sites in Latin America. The four major aspects of her work include neotropical amphibian ecology, host-pathogen ecology, population & community ecology and ecosystem ecology. More information on Dr. Lips can be found here.  

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Lecturer
Dr. Keryn Gedan
kgedan@umd.edu

Dr. Keryn Gedan (PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Brown University) is a Lecturer of Conservation Biology in the CONS program. Keryn is a marine ecologist who examines human pressures on coastal and estuarine ecosystems, such as salt marsh, mangrove forest, oyster reefs, and the rocky intertidal. Her dissertation research investigated the impacts of land reclamation, climate change, and mosquito control on New England salt marsh plant communities. Current research is investigating the potential of shellfish restorations to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay based on field and wet lab studies at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD. Keryn’s research has been supported by NOAA, the EPA, and the Society for Conservation Biology’s David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. Keryn joined the CONS department in Fall 2012 to advise CONS students and teach CONS 670 Global Change Biology, among other conservation biology courses.