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Katriona Shea

Professor of Biology and Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences
Kat Shea


B.A., Physics, New College, Oxford, United Kingdom (1990)

Ph.D., Theoretical Population Ecology, Imperial College, University of London, United Kingdom (1994)


Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara (1994-96)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cooperative Research Centre for Weed Management, CSIRO, Australia (1996-99)

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Santa Cruz (1999-2000)


Research Interests

Theoretical Applied Ecology

My primary research interest is in the use of ecological theory in population management. I address issues in invasion ecology, epidemiology, conservation and harvesting. An in-depth ecological understanding is essential for successful management, and this research focus allows me to ask important ecological questions for species of special concern. For example, I address the ecological factors that make certain species successful invaders of specific communities. At the same time, I examine the ways in which we can manipulate these factors to achieve management goals. My research focuses on population management in a variety of ways, including quantitative theoretical studies of real systems, purely theoretical studies that inform practical approaches, and collaborative empirical work.