Carlsbad, New Mexico
BS: Kansas State University
MS: Southern Illinois University
Kaleb is doctoral student working with Dr. Colden Baxter in the ISU Stream Ecology Lab and pursuing the Doctoral of Arts degree. He has an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Music from Kansas State University and a MS in Zoology from Southern Illinois University. His masters research explored multiple trophic level responses to an in-stream restoration project by examining the influence of artificially constructed rock weirs on aquatic insect emergence and its influence on the riparian bird community. His study was the first to show avian responses to an in-stream restoration practice, demonstrating far-reaching ecological effects of stream restoration. This type of information is critical for justifying further restoration efforts and added to the relatively few studies of aquatic insect emergence production.
Kaleb’s current research investigations include: 1) multiple stressors (an invasive species and habitat degradation) and their effects on stream-riparian ecosystems, 2) the direct interactions between multiple non-native, invasive species and direct and indirect consequences for communities and ecosystem processes, and 3) the scholarship of teaching and learning. His project explores the ‘Invasional Meltdown Hypothesis,’ which suggests that a group of non-indigenous species facilitate one another’s invasion in various ways, increasing the likelihood of survival and/or of ecological impact, and possibly the magnitude of impact. The results from this project will help to improve and coordinate both management and research efforts for invasive species. This project also extends investigation of how ecological stoichiometry of invasive, non-native consumers and their resources may influence critical ecosystem processes. Further, Kaleb is developing an inquiry-based field and laboratory investigation of aquatic insect emergence, linking streams and their adjacent riparian zones and demonstrating how resources can propagate across the land-water interface.
Heinrich, K.K., M.R. Whiles, and C. Roy. 2014. Cascading ecological responses to an in-stream restoration project in a midwestern river. Restoration Ecology 22(1):72-80.
Serve, K., N. Clements, K.K. Heinrich and R.J. Smith. 2013. The tale of two degrees: the need and power of the Doctor of Arts. College Teaching 61(4):113-115.
Heinrich, K. K. 2011. Insect emergence and riparian bird responses to rock weir construction in the Cache River basin of southern Illinois. M.S. Thesis. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA.