Program: Interdisciplinary PhD in Urban Design and Planning
Thesis Title: Urban biodiversity conservation and corporate land

karenldyson@gmail.com
Dyson Resume

Two objectives drive my research—conserving biodiversity in urbanizing and human-dominated landscapes, and re-connecting people to nature. My current research specifically addresses conservation opportunities and bird diversity on commercial land and focuses on four main questions:

1.    What species live on commercial land? This includes office parks, corporate campuses, and other facilities zoned commercial or light industrial.

2.    What landscaping practices or other variables impact bird diversity on commercial land?

3.    What conservation techniques are used on commercial land?

4.    Why are managers motivated to use conservation friendly landscaping practices? Theories include conservation adoption and visual preference.

Publications
Dyson, K., and Huppert, D.D. 2010. Regional economic impacts of razor clam beach closures due to harmful algal blooms (HABS) on the Pacific coast of Washington. Harmful Algae.

Dyson, K. 2010. Pollution in paradise: A conceptual model of beach pollution and tourism ‐ Links between beach pollution and tourism. KMI International Journal of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Ryu, J., T. Leschine, J. Nam, W. K. Chang, and K. Dyson. 2011. A resilience-based approach for comparing expert preferences across two large-scale coastal management programs. Journal of Environmental Management.

Nam, J., J. Ryu, D. Fluharty, C. Koh, K. Dyson, W. K. Chang, H. Choi, D. Kang, J. S. Khim, and C. Lee. 2010. Designation processes for marine protected areas in the coastal wetlands of South Korea. Ocean and Coastal Management.

Huppert, D.D., A. Moore, and K. Dyson. 2009. Impacts of climate change on the coasts of Washington State. Chapter 8 in The Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment: Evaluating Washington’s Future in a Changing Climate, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Huppert, D.D. and Dyson, K. 2009. The regional economic impact of razor clam beach closures due to harmful algal blooms (HABS) in Washington State. WCCOHH Publication No. 25.

Posters and Presentations
Can community collected data be used to detect changes in bird community composition along the urban gradient in Seattle, WA? The Ecological Society of America’s 97th Meeting, August 9th, 2012.
Improving the habitat value of urban waters. The Coastal Society’s 22nd Biennial Conference, June 16th, 2010.

Habitat Enhancing Marine Structures: Creating habitat in urban waters, Seattle Public Utilities. November 3rd, 2009.

Adapting to Climate Change to Improve Social-Ecological Resilience. The Coastal Society’s 21st Biennial Conference with D. Huppert and A. Moore, June 30th, 2008.

Conferences
The Ecological Society of America’s 97th Meeting, Portland, Oregon, August 5-10th, 2012

22nd International Conference of The Coastal Society, Wilmington, North Carolina, June 13-16th, 2010

Coastal Zone, Boston, Massachusetts, July 19 to 23, 2009

Restore America’s Estuaries, Providence, Rhode Island, October 11-15, 2008

21st International Conference of The Coastal Society, Redondo Beach, California, June 29 – July 2, 2008