Karen Goodell 

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Karen Goodell

Department of Evolution, Ecology, Organismal Biology
Assistant Professor
Office: Founders 2064
Phone: 614-292-4093 ext. 101 or 740-366-9101
E-mail: goodell.18@osu.edu


1988 BA in Biology Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

1994 MSc in Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside

2000 PhD in Ecology and Evolution, State University of New York, Stony Brook



I teach introductory biology to majors and non-majors.  My courses push students to master the basic facts and principles of biology while improving their scientific literacy, critical thinking skills, and scientific writing.  My students can expect to be pushed to their potential as they attain these goals through reading assignments, in class group work, writing assignments, and problem solving. I enjoy seeking new ways of fostering an interest in biology in students’ academic lives and beyond.

Courses taught:

Biology 101 (1101)

Biology 113 (1113)

Comparative Studies 693: Conservation and Development in the Third World.


Research Summary

My research investigates the interactions between plants and pollinators. I work at the population and community level to explore how changing distributions of local floral resources and landscape-level habitat influences bee communities, population growth of native bees, and plant pollination. I am keenly interested in elucidating the regulating factors of native bee populations. One general aim of my research is to apply basic ecological principals and approaches to real world problems, such as exotic species invasions, agricultural pollination, and the restoration of degraded lands.

Current projects include:

The restoration of pollinator habitat on reclaimed coal strip-mines

Testing hypotheses of nest site and floral resource limitation of native twig-nesting bee populations.

The application of stage-based matrix models to understand patterns of population demography of solitary bees.

Native bee pollination of cucurbit crops and the influence of farm management practices

Mating patterns in invasive plant Lonicera maackii as a function of local environment and pollinators.

Representative Publications

Cusser, S. J, and K. Goodell. In press. Diversity and distribution of floral resources influence the restoration of plant-pollinator networks on a reclaimed strip mine. Restoration Ecology.

Roulston, T. H. and K. Goodell. 2011. Role of resources and risk in regulating wild bee populations. Annual Review of Entomology. 56:291-312.

Goodell, K., A. M. McKinney*, and C. H. Lin*. 2010. Reproduction and Local Habitat-Dependent Pollinator Interactions in the Invasive Shrub Lonicera maackii., International Journal of Plant Sciences. 171(1):63-72.

McKinney, A. M.* and Goodell, K. 2010. Plant-pollinator interactions between an invasive and native plant vary between sites with different flowering phenology. Plant Ecology. 212(6):1025-1035.

McKinney, A. M.* and K. Goodell. 2010. Invasive shrub overshadows native herb reducing reproduction and pollinator services. Biological Invasions. 12:2751-2763.

Elam, D. R. E., C. E. Ridley, K. Goodell, and N. C. Ellstrand. 2007. Population Size and Relatedness Affect Fitness of a Self-Incompatible Invasive Plant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104: 549-55.

Goodell, K. 2003. Food availability affects Osmia pumila (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) foraging, reproduction, and brood parasitism. Oecologia, 134:518-527.