Dr. Kathryn Thomas is a research ecologist with the Southwest Biological Science Center, currently stationed in Tucson, Arizona.
Kathryn Thomas has worked the Southwestern deserts since 1989 and for the USGS since 1995. Her areas of expertise are in biodiversity studies during the Anthropocene, including studies of vegetation ecology, plant-insect interactions (pollinators), and invasive species (Russian thistle, introduced tree-feeding insects) on species, community, and landscape scales.
Research Ecologist, 1995-2010, 2012-present: Southwest Biological Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson & Flagstaff, Arizona
Adjunct professor, 2014-present: University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Information Management Liaison, 2010 - 2012: Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Program, Portland, Oregon
Plant Phenology Program Coordinator, 2007-2010: USA National Phenology Network, Tucson, Arizona
Adjunct professor, 1997-2005: Northern Arizona University, Geography Department
Education and Certifications
Ph.D., Geography: University of California at Santa Barbara, CA. "Vegetation and floristic diversity in the Mojave Desert of California: A regional conservation evaluation"
M.S., Environmental Horticulture: University of California at Davis, CA. "Vegetative propagation and Actinorhizal nodulation of Ceanothus spp."
B.S., Biology: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Graduate Certificate in Medical Entomology, University of Florida
The Lepidoptera Course, American Museum of Natural History, Portal, Arizona
The Bee Course, American Museum of Natural History, Portal, Arizona
Certificate of Emergency Management Planning, University of Washington