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Kathryn A Thomas, Ph.D.

I am a research ecologist with the Southwest Biological Science Center, currently stationed in Tucson, Arizona; I've worked the Southwestern deserts since 1989 and for the USGS since 1995. My areas of expertise are in biodiversity studies during the anthrocene including studies of vegetation ecology, plant-insect interactions and invasive species on landscape and community scales.


The Bee Course, American Museum of Natural History, Portal, Arizona 

Certificate of Emergency Management Planning. U. of Washington

Doctor of Philosophy, Geography. University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. ‘Vegetation and floristic diversity in the Mojave Desert of California: A regional conservation evaluation'. 

Masters of Science, Environmental Horticulture. University of California at Davis, Davis, California. ‘Vegetative propagation and Actinorhizal nodulation of Ceanothus spp.' 

Bachelor of Science, Biology. University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.


Ecologist Southwest Biological Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson & Flagstaff, Arizona - 1995-2010, 2012-present

Information Management Liaison, Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Program, Portland, Oregon 2010 - 2012

Plant Phenology Program Coordinator - USA National Phenology Network, Tucson Arizona - 2007-2010

Adjunct professor Northern Arizona University Geography Dept. 1997-2005, University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment 2014-present

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