Kate Behn

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

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

MS: Idaho State University, 2017


Kate completed her M.S. in 2017 working with Dr. Colden Baxter in the ISU Stream Ecology Center. She is currently working on publishing her data as well as catching up on river trips and other outdoor pursuits. Kate received her B.S. in Biology at Northern Arizona University and later enjoyed working across the Western U.S. as a field technician on various ecological investigations. From 2006 2011, she worked for Dr. Robert O. Hall on a large-scale study of the aquatic food web of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon co-led by Dr. Baxter. For her M.S. research, Kate continued working in similar vein and conducted an analysis of the trophic ecology of the fishes of the Little Colorado River in Grand Canyon. She documented seasonal and hydrologically driven variation and uncommon diversity in fish diets in this desert river. These results support the concept of resilience via diversification of resources within dynamic and unpredictable ecosystems.


Behn, K.E. 2017. The trophic ecology of a desert river fish assemblage: Influence of season and hydrologic variability. M.S. Thesis, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID.

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 12:30333043.