Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker


Kathleen C. Parker

Emeritus Professor

Email: kcparker@uga.edu
Office: Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, B23

Research Interests

Biogeography, Plant Population Dynamics and Genetics, Arid Lands



  • Ph.D. (1982), University of Wisconsin

Grant Support

  • 1992-1993 Parker, K. C.  National Geographic Society.  "Vegetation patterns in desert landscapes:  simple-gradient or complex- mosaic model?"  $5315.
  • 1994-1996 Parker, K. C., and A. J. Parker.  National Science Foundation.  "Multi-scale analysis of the biogeography, ecology, and genetic structure of sand pine (Pinus clausa)" (#SBR-9313704).  $170,000.
  • 1996-1997 Parker, K. C., and D. H. McCay.  National Science Foundation.  "Doctoral Dissertation Research:  The Role of Historical and Environmental Factors in the Invasion of Pine Forests in the Florida Panhandle."  (#SBR-9628027).  $8417.
  • 1997-1998 Parker, K. C., and J. C. Rodgers, III.  National Science Foundation.  "Doctoral Dissertation Research: the occurrence of herbaceous alien plant species with respect to environmental stress and anthropogenic influences on the georgia sea islands." (SBR-9701830).  $7776.
  • 1996-1997 Parker, K. C.  UGA Office of Instruction Development, Instructional Improvement Grants.  "World Wide Web-Based Exercises in Physical Geography."  $1980.

Selected Publications


Parker, K. C., D. W. Trapnell, J. L. Hamrick, W. C. Hodgson, and A. J. Parker, 2010. Inferring ancient Agave cultivation practices from contemporary genetic patterns. Molecular Ecology 19:1622-1637.

Markwith, S. H., L. J. Davenport, J. Shelton, K. C. Parker, and M. J. Scanlon, 2009. Ichthyochory, closure of the Suwannee Strait, and population divergence in Hymenocallis coronaria. Florida Scientist 72:28-36.

Miller, M. D., and K. C. Parker, 2009. The impacts of the Appalachian Mountains on the post-glacial migration pathways and gene flow of sugar maple (Acer saccharum). Physical Geography 30:89-104.

Parker, K. C., J. L. Hamrick, W. C. Hodgson, D. W. Trapnell, A. J. Parker, and B. K. Kuzoff, 2007. Genetic consequences of pre-Columbian cultivation for Agave murpheyi and A. delamateri (Agavaceae). American Journal of Botany 94:1479-1490.

Markwith, S. H., and K. C. Parker, 2007. Conservation of Hymenocallis coronaria genetic diversity in the presence of disturbance and a disjunct distribution. Conservation Genetics 8:949-963.

Parker, K., and S. Markwith, 2007. Expanding biogeographic horizons with genetic approaches. Geography Compass 1:246-274.

Avery, C. R., S. Cohen, K. C. Parker, and J. S. Kush, 2004. "Spatial patterns of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) seedling establishment on the Croatan National Forest, North Carolina," Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 120:131-142.

Parker, K. C., and S. M. Jorgensen, 2004. The use of molecular markers in biogeographic research. Physical Geography 24:378-398 (part of a special issue, Genetic Applications in Biogeography).

Markwith, S. H., and K. C. Parker, 2003. "Regenerative response of a southern Appalachian forest to surface wildfire and canopy gap disturbances," Southeastern Geographer 43:54-74.

Rodgers, J. C., III, and K. C. Parker., 2003. "Distribution of alien plant species in relation to human disturbance on the Georgia Sea Islands," Diversity and Distributions 9:385-398.

Parker, A. J., K. C. Parker, and D. H. McCay, 2002. "Geographic and ecological variation in seedling growth rates of sand pine (Pinus clausa)," Southeastern Geographer 42:20-28.

Parker, A. J., K. C. Parker, D. H. McCay, 2001. "Disturbance-mediated variation in stand structure between varieties of Pinus clausa (sand pine)," Annals of the Association of American Geographers 91:28-47.

Parker, A. J., K. C. Parker, T. D. Faust, and M. M. Fuller, 2001. "The effects of climatic variability on radial growth of two varieties of sand pine (Pinus clausa) in Florida, U.S.A., Annals of Forest Science 58:333-350.

Bartman, C. E., K. C. Parker, J. Laerm, and T. S. McCay, 2001. "Short-term response of Jordan's salamander to a shelterwood timber harvest in western North Carolina," Physical Geography 22:154-166.

Parker, K. C., J. L. Hamrick, A. J. Parker, and J. D. Nason, 2001. "Fine-scale genetic structure in Pinus clausa (Pinaceae) populations: Effects of disturbance history," Heredity 87:99-113.

McCay, D. H., and K. C. Parker, 2001. "The role of vegetation dynamics in Choctawhatchee sand pine invasion of longleaf pine forests," Physical Geography 22:467-482.

Parker, K. C., 2001. Enrichment and frustration in fieldwork. Geographical Review 91:168-174.

Parker, A. J., K. C. Parker, and H. Wiggins-Brown, 2000. "Disturbance and scale effects on southern old-growth forests (USA): The sand pine example," Natural Areas Journal 20:273-279.

Parker, K. C., A. J. Parker, R. M. Beaty, M. M. Fuller, and T. D. Faust, 1997. "Population structure and spatial pattern of two coastal populations of Ocala sand pine (Pinus clausa (Chapm. ex Engelm.) Vasey ex Sarg. var. clausa D. B. Ward)," Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 124:22-33.

Conway, D. W., A. J. Parker, and K. C. Parker, 1997. "Understory light regime, shrub layer, and sand pine regeneration in four Florida scrub stands," American Midland Naturalist 138:84-96.

Parker, K. C, J. L. Hamrick, A. J. Parker, and E. A. Stacy, 1997. "Allozyme diversity in Pinus virginiana (Pinaceae): Intraspecific and interspecific comparisons," American Journal of Botany 84:1372-1382.

Parker, K. C., and J. L. Hamrick, 1996. "Genetic variation in sand pine (Pinus clausa)," Canadian Journal of Forest Research 26:244-254.

Parker, K. C., and J. Bendix, 1996. "Landscape-scale geomorphic influences on vegetation patterns in four selected environments," Physical Geography 17:113-141.

Evans, J. K., A. J. Parker, K. C. Parker, and D. S. Leigh, 1996. "Edaphic properties and soil nutrient concentrations from sand pine (Pinus clausa) populations throughout Florida," Physical Geography 17:219-241.


Book Chapters

Herod, A., and K. C. Parker, 2010. Operational decisions. In B. Gomez, and J. P. Jones, III, eds., Research methods in geography: A critical introduction, pp. 60-76, London: Blackwell Publishing.

Parker, K. C. , 2002. "Fire in the pre-European lowlands of the American Southwest." In T. R. Vale, ed., Western wilderness: Fire, native peoples, and the natural landscape, pp. 101-141, Washington, D. C.: Island Press.