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Suding, Katharine Nash

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research overview

  • Dr. Suding is plant community ecologist working at the interface of ecosystem, landscape and population biology. Her goal is to apply cutting-edge “usable” science to the challenges of restoration, species invasion, and environmental change. The Suding lab works with a range of conservation groups, government agencies and land managers to provide evidence-based solutions that take into account biodiversity, human well-being, and management opportunities. They employ a combination of long-term monitoring, modeling and experimental approaches in settings that range from alpine tundra to oak woodlands to grasslands. Common themes include plant-soil feedbacks, functional traits, species effects on ecosystem processes, and non-linear and threshold dynamics.


  • plant-soil feedbacks, functional traits, species effects on ecosystem processes, non-linear and threshold dynamics, restoration, environmental change, alpine ecology, plant diversity


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courses taught

  • EBIO 1250 - Introduction to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces students to research in ecology and evolutionary biology topics in the context of investigations about Boulder's local historic apple trees. Students will learn about the genetics, physiology, and urban ecology of the trees in the lecture and have the opportunity to research one of these topics more in depth in the laboratory courses. Results from the research on Boulder's Apples will be reported back to the Boulder community by student researchers.
  • EBIO 3990 - EBIO Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Provides an introduction to the departmental Honors program. Consists of individual library research on a potential Honors thesis topic under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Recommended prerequisites: minimum 3.2 GPA and approval by departmental honors committee.
  • EBIO 4145 - Restoration Ecology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Examines ecological theories that inform the practice of ecological restoration, with particular emphasis on grassland ecosystems near Boulder and linkages with social, political and economic factors. In conjunction with local partner organizations, students work on a current management challenge, generate novel data using accepted field techniques, and formulate a professional restoration management plan.
  • EBIO 4460 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 5460.
  • EBIO 4870 - Independent Research: Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 5460 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 4460.
  • EBIO 6100 - Seminar in Environmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6120.
  • EBIO 6940 - Master's Degree Candidate - Plan II
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Instructor consent required.
  • EBIO 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.


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