Kristen Kaczynski

Kristen Kaczynski
Ph.D. Student, Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State Univeristy

Willow communities are dying back in Rocky Mountain National Park and possibly throughout the West. With a demise of this critical plant community which many species of wildlife and birds depend on, the entire riverine ecosystem will change. My research investigates why this decline is happening and examines the many interacting factors contributing to the dieback, including elk and moose, beavers, birds, fungal infection and climate change. Results from my research will help park managers determine potential restoration options.

Fellowship Details: 
Fellowship Year: 
2011-2012
Other Affiliations: 
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE)
Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship
Warner College of Natural Resources