Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program:
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Staff Member

Dr. Sharon N Kahara

Dr. Sharon Kahara

Post Doc
Phone: (707) 826 - 3724
Faculty Website



  • Ph D South Dakota State University 2007
  • MS Delft University 2001
  • BS Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 1997


Dr. Kahara joined the California unit in 2007 as a post-doctoral research associate and has been lecturing in the Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University, since 2009. Sharon was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She reads, paints and observes wildlife in her spare time. Sharon once worked as a cartoon animator and graphic designer.. My research interests involve integrating multiple spatial and temporal scales into wetland ecosystem models, and exploring how they may be used to test hypotheses relating to use by waterfowl and other wetland fauna. My goal is to enhance our current understanding of how variable climate conditions and human activities shape waterfowl breeding, migration and wintering habitat through direct and indirect impacts on plant growth and aquatic macroinvertebrate population dynamics. I'm also interested in the use of earth observation (remote sensing) techniques to monitor changes in wetland functions and ecosystem services provided, and how these may impact associated waterfowl.. Ecology and Management of Wetland Ecosytems for Wildlife and Principles of Wildlife Management.

Research Publications Publication Date
Strand, K. A., S. R. Chipps, S. N. Kahara, K. F. Higgins, and S. J. Vaa. 2007. Patterns of prey use by lesser scaup Aythya affinis (Aves) and diet overlap with fishes during spring migration. Hydrobiologia 595:8-17. February 2008
Kahara, S. N., and S. R. Chipps. 2007. Predicting habitat suitability for lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) spring migrants in eastern South Dakota. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science 86:229. March 2008
Kahara, S. N., R. M. Mockler, K. F. Higgins, S. R. Chipps, and R. R. Johnson. 2009. Spatiotemporal patterns of wetland occurrence in the Prairie Pothole Region of eastern South Dakota. Wetlands 29(2):678-689. May 2009
Duffy, W.G., Kahara, S.N. and Records, R.M., eds., 2011, Conservation Effects Assessment Project-Wetlands assessment in California's Central Valley and Upper Klamath River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1290, 128 p. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website October 2011
Duffy, W. G., and S. N. Kahara. 2008. Wetland ecosystems in California's Central Valley and impications for wetland reserve program conservation practices. Ecological Applications (Preprint on line 8/5/2010). | Abstract | Publisher Website March 2011
Technical Publications Publication Date
Kahara, S.N., Duffy, W., DiGaudio, R. and Records, R. 2012. Climate, Management, and Habitat Associations of Avian Fauna in Restored Wetlands of California's Central Valley, USA. Appraisal of Approaches for the Management of Biodiversity and Life Support Systems. Diversity, ISSN 1424-2818, 23 pp. | Download November 2012
Kahara, S., and S.R. Chipps. 2007. Modeling wetland use by spring migrating lesser scaup in eastern South Dakota. Final report to South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Federal Aid Project Number W-75-R Job 75110, Pierre, South Dakota November 2007