Katherine M O'Donnell, Ph.D.

As a wildlife ecologist, my research interests are rooted in a desire to conduct actionable science — I am motivated by the questions that natural resource managers need answered. I am especially interested in quantitative population ecology, adaptive resource management, amphibian ecology, and fire ecology.



Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, 2014

B.S., Biology, Oakland University, 2008 


Since January 2015, I’ve been a  Wildlife Biologist at WARC in Gainesville, Florida. My research priority is developing an adaptive habitat management strategy for the federally-listed flatwoods salamanders, but I am involved in various amphibian projects with the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI).

During my PhD at the University of Missouri, I studied the effects of prescribed fire and timber harvest on terrestrial salamander abundance and behavior. Prior to graduate school, I got my BS in Biology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.