Owen P McKenna

I am a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow working on pothole wetland biogeochemistry at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, ND. Specifically my project focuses on the development of an integrated hydro-geochemical model for prairie pothole wetlands. I am also exploring a climate-induced ecohydrological state shift in wetland ecosystems through analysis of long-term data.



Ph.D., Environmental Life Sciences, Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, Tempe, AZ (2016)

Dissertation Title: “Desert Playa Wetlands: Ecological Controls of their Functioning and Responses to Climate Change”

M.S., Environmental Life Sciences, Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, Tempe, AZ (2014)

B.S., Biology w/ Ecology emphasis and minor in Environmental Action and Leadership, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL (2011)


Research Ecologist, Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, since 2016