Karina Sanchez

Postdoctoral Research Associate
- Natural Resources and the Environment-COLSA
Phone: (603) 862-2353
Office: UNH Engagement & Faculty Development, James Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers
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I am an urban behavioral ecologist and discipline-based education researcher. I am interested in understanding how wildlife alter behavioral patterns to adjust to novel environments and the evolutionary outcomes of behavior changes. My education research focuses on addressing systemic barriers to participation in the field of ecology. I do this through identifying barriers to thriving and the impacts of implementing anti-racist pedagogy in ecology courses.

Research Interests

  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology
  • Animal behavior
  • Animal Communication
  • Higher Education

Courses Taught

  • NR 439: Environmental Biology

Selected Publications

Nelson-Olivieri, J. R., Layden, T. J., Antunez, E., Khalighifar, A., Lasky, M., Laverty, T. M., . . . Bombaci, S. P. (2023). Inequalities in noise will affect urban wildlife.. Nat Ecol Evol. doi:10.1038/s41559-023-02257-9

Sanchez, K. A., Bevan, A. J., Vita, A. A., Royse, E. A., Januszkiewicz, E., & Holt, E. A. (n.d.). Grit matters to biology doctoral students’ perception of barriers to degree completion. Journal of Biological Education, 1-24. doi:10.1080/00219266.2023.2192731

Sanchez, K. A., Fialko, K., Benedict, L., & Cicero, C. (2023). Time alters urban singing strategies in a North American songbird. Journal of Urban Ecology, 9(1). doi:10.1093/jue/juad001