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About Karen Wilson

Ph.D., Limnology/Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Karen Wilson is an assistant research faculty with the Department of Environmental Science and a scientist in the Aquatic Systems Research Group at USM. She teaches ESP 341 Limnology and ESP 412 Field Ecosystems Ecology in alternate fall semesters, and ESP 303 Wetlands Ecology and ESP 360 Water Quality in alternate spring semesters. She also teaches ESP 101 Introduction to Environmental Science and ESP 475 Senior Seminar. Please check out Visiting Maine Wetlands, an on-going project of the Wetlands Ecology course, and Constraints on River Restoration, a project from the 2011 Senior Seminar students.
Karen has a Ph.D. in Limnology/Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied the long-term impacts of an invasive crayfish on lake communities. Since receiving her degree, Karen has taught at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Zoology, University of Toronto, and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Toronto, Ontario.
She is currently the Research Coordinator and PI for the Diadromous Species Restoration Research Network (DSRRN), a research coordination network funded by NSF. She is also a PI on an interdiscipinary Sustainability Solutions Initiatives project investigating economic and ecological connections between Maine rivers, estuaries and coasts in the Kennebec-Androscoggin River System that uses anadromous river herring as a common currency between these habitats and systems.
Research Interests
Systems thinking
Freshwater-marine linkages and anadromous alewife
Saltmarsh restoration and impacts on marsh-marine linkages
Freshwater crayfish in Maine
Diadromous Species Research Restoration Network (DSRRN)


Present Assistant Research Professor, Department of Environmental Science, University of Southern Maine

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests


  • Field Ecosystems Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Global Change Biology
  • Limnology

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