Dr. Karen Powers


Associate professor
Curie Hall 0235
Box 6931, Radford University
Radford, VA 24142-6939, U.S.A.
Tel:(540) 831-6537
E-mail: kpowers4@radford.edu

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 103 - Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 105 - Biology for the Health Sciences
  • BIOL 160 - Freshman Biology Seminar
  • BIOL 216 - General Zoology
  • BIOL 232 - Oranismal Biology
  • BIOL 390 - Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 460 - Senior Biology Seminar - Wildlife Management in Virginia
  • BIOL 464 - Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 488/491/495 - Independent Research


My teaching interests focus on community ecology and wildlife management.

I am the faculty advisor for the Radford University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society and for students with an interest in veterinary medicine. I also curate the natural history collection in the Biology Department

My research interests are broad, encompassing many aspects of vertebrate ecology and habitat management. Recent projects and publications have focused on the effects of White-Nose Syndrome on bat communities in the eastern United States. Some recent (2010 and later; *=student author) publications include:

  • Powers, K.E., R.J. Reynolds , W. Orndorff, B.A. Hyzy*, C.S. Hobson, and W.M. Ford. In review. Monitoring the status of gray bats (Myotis grisescens) in Virginia, 2009-2014, and potential impacts of White-nose Syndrome. Southeastern Naturalist. 
  • Monfils, A.K., K.E. Powers, C. Marshall, C.T. Martine, J.F. Smith, L.A. Prather. In review. Educational potential of natural history collections: Physical and virtual opportunities for formal and informal learning. Southeastern Naturalist (special issue).
  • deHart, P., K.E. Powers, and B.A. Hyzy*. In review. Insights into the foraging ecology of the invasive small Indian mongoose in the Caribbean, as revealed by stable isotope analysis. BIOS.
  • Powers, K.E., R.J. Reynolds, W. Orndorff, W.M. Ford., and C.S. Hobson. 2015. Post-White-nose Syndrome trends in Virginia’s cave bats, 2008-2013. Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment 7(4): 113-123.
  • Townsend, K.L.* and K.E. Powers. 2014. Survey of the ectoparasites of the invasive small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus [Carnivora: Herpestidae]) on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Virginia Journal of Science 65(3&4):151-156.
  • Powers, K.E., L.A. Prather, J. Cook, J. Woolley, H. Bart, A. Monfils, and P. Sierwald. 2014. Revolutionizing the use of natural history collections in education. Science Education Review 13(2):24-33.
  • Thompson (Kime), J.L.* and K.E. Powers. 2013. A brief history of terrestrial game species management in Virginia: 1900 – present. Banisteria 41:59-66.
  • Francl, K.E. and C.J. Small. 2013. Short-term fire effects on small mammal communities and habitat structure in the central Appalachians. Southeastern Naturalist 12(1):11-26.
  • Francl, K.E, T.K. Canniff*, R.C. Bland*, D. W. Sparks, V. Brack, Jr. 2013. Quantifying wing damage of summer bats in the northeastern United States. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 86(1):41-45.
  • Francl, K.E., W.M. Ford, D.W. Sparks, and V. Brack, Jr. 2012. Capture and reproductive trends of summer bat communities in West Virginia: Assessing the impact of White-nose syndrome. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3(1):33-42.
  • Timpone, J., K.E. Francl, V. Brack Jr., and J. Beverly. 2011. Bats of the Cumberland Plateau and Ridge and Valley provinces, Virginia. Southeastern Naturalist 10(3):515-528.
  • Francl, K.E., D. Sparks, V. Brack, Jr., and J. Timpone. 2011. White-nose syndrome and wing index scores among summer bats in the northeastern United States. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 47(1):41-48.
  • Francl, K.E., R.C. Bland*, J.S. Lucas, and V. Brack, Jr. 2011. Comparisons of surveying techniques in documenting summer bat communities. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 85(2/3):52-56.
  • Francl, K.E., K. Hayhoe, M.E. Saunders*, and E.P. Maurer. 2010. Ecosystem adaptation to climate change: Small mammal migration pathways in the Great Lakes states. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 2009 Special Issue: An Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation for Chicago and the Midwest 36:86-93.
  • Francl, K.E., C.R. Faidley*, and C.J. Small. 2010. Salamander use of karst sinkholes in Montgomery County, Virginia. Southeastern Naturalist 9:35-46.

Students interested in independent research (BIOL 488/491) or internship (BIOL 495) credits throughout the year (including summer months) are welcome to contact me to participate in on-going  projects. **Special consideration will be given to those active in the RU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Inquiries from regional researchers interested in developing field projects with vertebrate communities also are encouraged.