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Kristen Bouska

Kristen Bouska

Position title: Ecologist

Phone: 608.781.6344
Fax: 608.783.6066

2014, Ph.D., Environmental Resources and Policy, Southern Illinois University
2008, M.S., Biology, Kansas State University
2006, B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Primary Responsibilities/Activities:
I am currently working collaboratively to assess the ecological resilience of the Upper Mississippi River System. This work includes an evaluation of controlling variables and the development of system-wide indicators of resilience derived from long-term datasets. The motivation behind this work is to better understand how management and restoration actions can be strategically applied to influence the long-term resilience of the system.

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Select Publications:
Bouska, K.L., G. Lindner, C.P. Paukert, R.B. Jacobson. In Press. Stakeholder-led science: engaging resource managers to identify science needs for long-term management of floodplain conservation lands. Ecology and Society.

Bouska, K.L. and T.Stoebner. 2015. Characterizing geomorphic change from anthropogenic disturbances to inform restoration of the upper Cache River, IL. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 51(3):734-745.

Bouska, K.L., G.W. Whitledge, and C. Lant. 2015. Development and evaluation of species distribution models for native central U.S. fish species. Hydrobiologia 747:159-176.

Bouska, K.L. and G. Whitledge. 2014. Habitat associations of fish assemblages in the Cache River, Illinois. Environmental Biology of Fishes 97(1):27-42.

Paukert, C.P., K.L. Pitts, J.B. Whittier and J.D. Olden. 2011. Development and assessment of a landscape-scale ecological threat index for the Lower Colorado River Basin. Ecological Indicators 11(2):304-310.

Dodds, W.K., W.W. Bouska, J.L. Eitzmann, T.J. Pilger, K.L. Pitts, A.J. Riley, J.T. Schloesser and D.J. Thornburgh. 2009. Eutrophication of U.S. freshwaters: Analysis of potential economic damages. Environmental Science and Technology 43:12-19.

Paukert, C.P., J. Schloesser, J. Eitzmann, J. Fischer, K. Pitts, and D. Thornbrugh.  2008.  Effect of Instream Sand Dredging on Fish Communities in the Kansas River USA:  Current and Historical Perspectives.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology 23:623-634.

Franssen, N.R., K.B. Gido, C.S. Guy, J.A. Tripe, S.J. Schrank, T.R. Strakosh, K.N. Bertrand, C.M. Franssen, K.L. Pitts, and C.P. Paukert.  2006.  Effects of floods and intermittence on fish assemblages in a prairie stream.  Freshwater Biology 51:2072-2086.

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