Kristen A. Baum, Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Conservation Biology, Invertebrate Ecology, Landscape Ecology

Ph.D., 2003, Texas A&M University


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Specific Interests

My general interests center on ecology and conservation issues. More specifically, I am interested in questions related to habitat fragmentation, landscape structure, and animal movement patterns. My research encompasses both applied and theoretical aspects of ecology, which I address using a variety of different study organisms and a variety of different approaches. My research on habitat fragmentation has focused on issues related to landscape structure and animal movement patterns, such as the impact of corridors and edges on butterfly densities, the effect of the matrix on the functionality of corridors and stepping stones for planthoppers, and translocation strategies for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.


Selected Publicationns

  • Polito, V.J., K.A. Baum, M.E. Payton, S.E. Little, S.D. Fuhlendorf, and M.V. Reichard. 2013. Effects of patch burning on tick abundance and levels of infestation on cattle. Rangeland Ecology and Management 66: 545-552.
  • Mueller, E.K., K.A. Baum, M. PapeĊŸ, L.A. Cohn, A.K. Cowell, and M.V. Reichard. 2013. Potential ecological distribution of Cytauxzoon felis in domestic cats in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. Veterinary Parasitology 192: 104-110.
  • Baum, K.A., and W.V. Sharber. 2012. Fire creates host plant patches for monarch butterflies. Biology Letters 8: 968-971. Jackson, H.B., K.A. Baum, and J.T. Cronin. 2012. From logs to landscapes: determining the scale of ecological processes affecting the incidence of a saproxylic beetle. Ecological Entomology 37: 233-243.
  • Baum, K.A., and K.E. Wallen. 2011. Potential bias in pan trapping as a function of floral abundance. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 84: 155-159.
  • Baum, K.A., E.Y. Kolodziej, M.D. Tchakerian, A.G. Birt, M. Sherman, and R.N. Coulson. 2011. Spatial distribution of Africanized honey bees in an urban landscape. Landscape and Urban Planning 100: 153-162.
  • Baum, K.A., K.J. Haynes, F.P. Dillemuth, and J.T. Cronin. 2004. The matrix enhances the effectiveness of corridors and stepping stones. Ecology 85: 2671-2676.
  • Saenz, D., K.A. Baum, R.N. Conner, D.C. Rudolph, and R. Costa. 2002. Large-scale reintroduction strategies for reintroducing Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. Journal of Wildlife Management 66: 212-221.
  • Baum, K.A. and W.E. Grant. 2001. Hummingbird foraging behavior in different patch types: simulation of alternative strategies. Ecological Modelling 137: 201-209, 142: 185-185.
  • Haddad, N.M. and K.A. Baum. 1999. An experimental test of corridor effects on butterfly densities. Ecological Applications 9: 623-633.