Kasey Moran

riparian ecology

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Current Activities

I’m a PhD student in John Richardson’s Stream and Riparian Research (STARR) Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

My goal is to integrate freshwater ecology, groundwater hydrology, and plant physiology to understand how river regulation impacts in-stream and riparian ecosystems.

In the past I’ve worked in the Rieseberg lab for Evolutionary Genomics, for the Canadian Wildlife Service in Delta, as a high school science tutor, and as an artist / illustrator. I play guitar, keyboard, and saxophone in our lab’s band, The InSTaRRs.


Past Research Experience

As an undergraduate at UBC, I completed a BSc Hons. in Biology with John Richardson as my supervisor.  My thesis was entitled “Groundwater discharge increases benthic macroinvertebrate abundance and richness in headwater streams”.

Topics of other research projects I’ve been involved in include:

  • Effects of dissolved organic carbon and nutrient additions on experimental stream communities
  • Pollen competition in two ecotypes of prairie sunflower
  • Comparison of bird communities in different habitat types along the Arbutus corridor
  • Wildlife use of Himalayan blackberry in Alaksen National Wildlife Area

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