Kari Dupler, PWS

Senior Biologist

Overview

Kari Dupler is a Senior Biologist with WRA, Inc. and serves as a project manager for a variety of projects involving wetlands and streams. She is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist, and is trained in both the California and Kentucky Wetland Rapid Assessment Methods, and has used them both extensively to evaluate wetland condition. Kari earned an M.S. in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University where her research focused on validation of the Kentucky Wetland Rapid Assessment method using amphibian community composition. At WRA, Kari’s project work focuses on regulatory permitting including Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act, Water Quality Certifications, and Section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements, biological resources assessments for CEQA, and endangered species. Prior to joining WRA, Kari worked as a scientific consultant in California for over six years. Kari has worked on a variety of wetland research projects in Texas, Kentucky and California, and has experience with field identification of a variety of amphibians, plants, and aquatic insects.

Publications

Dupler, K., Guidugli, M., Brown, D., Richter, S.C. 2019. Evaluating Wetland Quality: A Comparison of Amphibian Community Composition and the Kentucky Wetland Rapid Assessment Method. Wetlands. doi: 10.1007/s13157-019-01192-5

[in progress] Dupler, K. & Richter, S.C. The Effect of Historic Land-use on Amphibian Richness and Abundance.

Dupler, K., Guidugli, M., Brown, D., Richter, S.C. Evaluating Wetland Quality: A Comparison of Amphibian Community Composition and the Kentucky Wetland Rapid Assessment Method. Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, June 2015. Oral Presentation

Dupler, K., Guidugli, M., Brown, D., Richter, S.C. Developing an Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity and Validating a Rapid Assessment Method for Kentucky’s Wetlands. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chattanooga, TN, August 2014. Poster

McMurry, S.T., Smith, L.M., Dupler, K.,Gutierrez, M.B. 2009. Influence of Land Use on Body Size and Splenic Cellularity in Wetland Breeding Spea spp. Journal of Herpetology. Vol. 43, Issue 3, pg(s) 421-430 doi: 10.1670/07-126R2.1

Projects

Zeiss Graphite Development Project, Dublin, Alameda County, California

Suncal, Oak Knoll Development Project, Alameda County, California

Liberty Ranch Development Project, Galt, Sacramento County, California

Grapevine Development Project, Kern County, California

Gila Rapid Assessment Method, Gila River Indian Community, Arizona

Education

M.S., Biology, Eastern Kentucky University. 2016

B.S., Biology, Texas Tech University. 2006.

Other

Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (#2861)

Society of Wetland Scientists

Southwest Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists

Family-Level Aquatic Insect Identification Certification from Society for Freshwater Science
SWAMP Bioassessment Protocols

Practitioner-level Training in the California Rapid Assessment Method