Dr. Sarah Karpanty is president of the 2012-2013 Faculty Senate.
Dr. Sarah Karpanty is an associate professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. She earned a B.S. degree in zoology from Miami University in 1998 and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2003.
Dr. Karpanty's research includes studies of both wildlife behavioral ecology (in the U.S. and internationally) and the restoration of tropical native forests in Madagascar.
Unifying themes in her domestic and international research projects include:
- studying how behaviorally-mediated interactions between multiple species influence population dynamics and community structure in ways that cannot be predicted from examining pairs of species alone;
- understanding how the release of meso-predators, whether caused by human hunting or development activities that eliminate endemic top predators, impacts threatened and endangered prey species, through lethal and sub-lethal effects, and
- bringing together ecological and natural resource management theories to best manage ecosystems at the landscape level for wildlife movement and sustainable resource extraction.