Kate Behn

Email: behnkath@isu.edu
Phone: 208-282-2139

Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona
BS: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ


After earning her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ (2001), Kate had a long and productive tenure as a biological technician specializing in aquatic ecology. She worked on projects for Utah State University (Lake Powell), the University of Wyoming (Bull Trout Lake and Rio Las Marias), and the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring & Research Center (GCMRC, the Colorado River), which took her to three states and two countries before joining the ISU Stream Ecology Center in 2012. As part of her technician work at GCMRC, she completed an independent project analyzing the potential resources available to small fish in the backwaters of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. She is currently exploring options for a graduate thesis in the areas of trophic ecology, connectivity and ecosystem processes in regulated rivers, and has a special fascination for the Colorado River specifically, as well as arid river systems in general. In previous work at NAU, Kate studied Pinyon Jay ecology and still enjoys birding in her spare time as well as backpacking, rafting, cooking, and reading.


Hall, R. O. Jr., Yackulic, C. B., Kennedy, T. A., Yard, M. D., Rosi-Marshall, E. J., Voichick, N., & Behn, K. E. 2015. Turbidity, light, temperature, and hydropeaking control primary productivity in the Colorado River, Grand Canyon. Limnology and Oceanography 60(2):512-526. doi: 10.1002/lno.10031

Cross, W. F., C. V. Baxter, E. J. Rosi-Marshall, R. O. Hall, Jr., T. A. Kennedy, K. C. Donner, S.E.Z. Seegert, H. A. W. Kelly, M.D. Yard, and K.E. Behn. 2013. Foodweb dynamics in a large river discontinuum. Ecological Monographs 83:311-337.

Behn, K.E., T.A. Kennedy, and R.O. Hall Jr. 2010. Basal resources in backwaters of the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam-effects of discharge regimes and comparison with mainstem depositional environments. U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report.

Rosi-Marshall, E.J., T.A. Kennedy, D.W. Kincaid, W.F. Cross, H.A.W. Kelly, K.A. Behn, T. White, R.O. Hall Jr., and C.V. Baxter. 2010. Short-term effects of the 2008 high-flow experiment on macroinvertebrates in Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona.. U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report.

Cross, W.F., E. Rosi-Marshall, K. Behn, T.A. Kennedy, R.O. Hall, A.E. Fuller, and C.V. Baxter. 2010. Invasion and production of New Zealand mud snails in the Colorado River, Glen Canyon. Biological Invasions 12:3033–3043.