Gabrielle Katz

Dr. Katz doing field researchDr. Gabrielle Katz, Associate Professor
375 Rankin Science West
(828) 262-7233

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder , 2001
M. A., Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder , 1996
B. A., Geological Sciences, Brown University , 1991

Interests and Research:

I am a biogeographer specializing in riparian ecosystems, ecological restoration, and non-native species distributions. As a geographer, my interdisciplinary research incorporates ideas and techniques from ecology, hydrology, and geomorphology in seeking to understand how human activities impact landscapes and plant communities. Much of my research focuses on the role of ground water and surface water hydrology in shaping riparian plant communities. For example, my doctoral research examined the effects of flood control (by a dam) on downstream riparian forests in the Great Plains. Current research examines the effects of groundwater pumping and hydrologic restoration on riparian ecosystems of the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona, and investigates urban biogeography of dry washes in Tucson, Arizona. Additional research projects address the factors influencing restoration success of abandoned agricultural fields in southeastern Arizona, and the ecosystem effects of Russian olive removal on Great Plains riparian forests. I am also currently conducting an experiment testing whether Russian olive has developed latitudinal variation in its winter chilling requirement for bud burst in it its North American range. I have advised graduate research projects addressing the effects of stream restoration on riparian vegetation of headwater streams in northwestern North Carolina, and land use effects on rural biodiversity in northwestern North Carolina..


Undergraduate Teaching:

Introduction to Physical Geography, Honors Physical Geography, Environmental Issues in Appalachia, Geography of Biodiversity, Senior Seminar.


Graduate Teaching:

Research Themes & Methods in Geography, Biogeography & Ecosystem Management, Biogeography of Food & Agriculture.



Katz, G.L., M.W. Denslow, & J.C. Stromberg. 2012. The Goldilocks effect: Intermittent streams sustain more plant species than those with perennial or ephemeral flow. Freshwater Biology. 57: 467–480.

Kaase, C. T. and G.L. Katz. 2011. Effects of stream restoration on woody riparian vegetation of Southern Appalachian mountain streams, North Carolina, USA. Restoration Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00807.x

Denslow, M.W., G.L. Katz and W. Jennings. 2011. First record of Iris Pseudacoris L. from Colorado. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. 5:327-329.

Denslow, M. W., G. Katz, and W. Hodgson. 2010. Noteworthy Collection: Arizona [/Punica granatum/ (Lythraceae)]. Madroño 57:74-74. (pdf)

Gabrielle L. Katz, J.C. Stromberg, & M.W. Denslow. 2009. Streamside herbaceous vegetation response to hydrologic restoration on the San Pedro River, Arizona. Ecohydrology. 2:213-225. (pdf)

Bark, R.H., D.E. Osgood, B.G. Colby, G. Katz, & J. Stromberg. 2008. Habitat preservation and restoration: do homebuyers have preferences for quality habitat? Ecological Economics. (pdf)

Gabrielle L. Katz, Jonathan M. Friedman, & Susan W. Beatty. 2005. Delayed effects of flood control on a flood-dependent riparian forest. Ecological Applications. 15(3): 1019–1035. (pdf)

Sabo, J. L., Sponsponseller, R., Dixon , M., Harms, T., Heffernan, J., Jani, A., Katz, G., Sokyan, C., Watts , J. & Welter, J. 2005. Riparian zones increase regional species diversity by harboring different, not more species. Ecology. 86(1):56-62. (pdf)

Gabrielle L. Katz & Patrick B. Shafroth. 2003. Biology, ecology and management of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. (Russian Olive) in western North America. Wetlands. 23:763-777. (pdf)

Gabrielle L. Katz, Jonathan M. Friedman, & Susan W. Beatty. 2001. Effects of physical disturbance and granivory on establishment of native and non-native riparian trees. Diversity & Distributions. 7:1-4. (pdf)


Book Chapters:

Katz, G.L., Haney, J. Paradzick, C., & Harris, D. 2009. Mitigation, restoration, and endangered species: restoring river flows to the lower San Pedro River. Chapter 19 in Stromberg, J. & Tellman, B. (editors) Ecology and Conservation of the San Pedro River. University of Arizona Press. (Link)

Huckleberry, G., Lite, S.J., Katz, G. & Pearthree, P. 2009. Fluvial Geomorphology. Chapter 13 in Stromberg, J. & Tellman, B. (editors) Ecology and Conservation of the San Pedro River. University of Arizona Press. (Link)