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Kasey Rolih

Research Fellow


Kasey Rolih earned her MA in biology from the Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College in 1999, where she studied the ecology of macrolichens in western Massachusetts. She received her BS in Plant and Soil Sciences in 1989 from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Massachusetts. She is currently a research associate in the Landscape Ecology Lab in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kasey is currently involved in several projects at UMass, including the CAPS project, and in open space planning in Berkshire County with Laurie Sanders and Scott Jackson, in cooperation with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commisssion ( Kasey's interest is in conservation of open space using both rare and common natural communities as a starting point for prioritization. One of the goals of the CAPS project is strengthening current approaches to field work that complement vegetation mapping using remotely-sensed satellite images, and the development of predictive models designed to locate ecologically important natural communities. Kasey is the lead community ecologist on the CAPS prject, where she heads up field data collection on the biotic condition of sites representing a gradient of stressor levels in a variety of ecological settings.

Kasey is also a lichen specialist with the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) Program Lichen Communities Indicator ( project where she and other lichenologists conduct workshops to teach lichen identification to non-specialist foresters employed by the Forest Service.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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