Catherine Owen Koning

Professor of Environmental Science


B.S., Biology and Env. Studies, Bowdoin College, Maine
M.S., Ecology, University of California - Davis
Ph.D., Land Resources, Institute for Env. Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Phone: (603) 899-4322

Courses Taught
  • ES103 Introduction to Ecosystems and Wildlife Conservation
  • ES104 Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation
  • ES202 Sustainability Seminar
  • ES222 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ES302 Sustainability Project
  • ES310 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ES320 Wetland Ecology and Protection
  • ES480 Junior Seminar in Environmental Science/Studies
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Wetland ecology and hydrology
  • Lake water quality management
  • Invasive plant ecology
  • Conservation biology

Honors & Awards

1992: Best Paper Award, Society of Wetland Scientists 13th Annual Meeting

1991-1992: American Association of University Women Doctoral Fellowship

1991: Sigma Xi Small Grant Award

1991: Lois Almon Small Grant Award

1990,1991: National Audubon Society Graduate Research Award

1985: Distinguished Scholar Research Award, University of California-Davis

1985-1987: University Fellowship, University of California-Davis

1983: MaComber Prize in Biology, Bowdoin College

Publications and Presentations

Koning, C. and S. A. Ashworth.  Wading Right In: Discovering the Nature of Wetlands.  In press: University of Chicago Press. Expected publication 2018.

Koning, C. and J. Bell.  2014.  Impact of Rapid Infiltration Beds on Hydrology, Vegetation and Chemistry of a Forested Wetland.  Wetland Science and Practice 31(4):17-21.  Available:

Lundsted, B., R. Balke and C. Koning.  2014.   Management Plan for Pearly Pond, Rindge, NH.  NH Dept. of Env. Services, Concord NH.

Koning, C. and R. Singleton. 2013.  Effects of Moderate Densities of Glossy Buckthorn on Forested Plant Communities in Southwest New Hampshire, USA.  Natural Areas Journal 33(3):256-263.

Koning, C. 2011.  Water Resources of Pisgah State Park. In  NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development. Management Plan for Pisgah State Park.  Concord, NH. Available:

New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau.  2006.  Enriched Wetlands in New Hampshire:  Field Benchmarks, Analysis and Modeling.  DRED Division of Forests and Lands and The Nature Conservancy, Concord, NH.  Dan Sperduto, Heather Herrmann, Catherine Owen Koning, Scott Bailey, project participants.

Koning, C., R. Goodby and J. Harris.  2010. Place as a Catalyst for Engaged Learning at
Franklin Pierce University. In Cenkl, Pavel.  Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest. University of Iowa Press.

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of America
  • New England Wildflower Society
  • Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Natural Areas Association
  • New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists

Conferences Attended

  • NH-INBRE. 2017, 2016.  Annual Meeting of the NH Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence.  Bretton Woods, NH.  
  • NH-INBRE. 2015.  Annual Meeting of the NH Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence. Wentworth by the Sea, NH.
  • Society of Wetland Scientists. 2015. Annual Meeting. Providence, RI
  • Wisconsin Wetlands Association. 2015.  Annual Meeting, Madison, WI.


Grants Received

  • NH Dept. of Environmental Services Watershed Protection Program/EPA Section 319 Grant Awards: 2013, 2016.
  • Franklin Pierce Faculty Affairs Research Awards, 2016, 2005, 2001-2003.
  • The Nature Conservancy Small Grant Award 1997.
  • National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions Grant 1997.
  • USAID Contractor, Homeland of the Cranes, Russia (under Dr. Robert Horwich), 1995.


  • Rindge Council, Secretary, 2017-present
  • Rindge Council, at-large representative, 2016-present
  • Natural Sciences Division Director, 2017-present
  • First Year Experience Committee, 2016-present
  • Associate Editor, Natural Areas Journal2008-2017
  • Environmental Science Program Review, 2012-2014
  • Environmental Science Dept. Coordinator, 1998-2014
  • Environmental Studies Faculty Search Committee, 2012-2013
  • Vice Chair, Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture 1996-present.
  • Sustainability Council Co-Chair, 2007-present.
  • Technical Advisory Committee Member, Pisgah State Park Management Plan2005-2009
  • Faculty Governance Task Force, Co-Chair, 2012-2013
  • FYI Steering Committee, 2011-2013
  • Advisory Committee, FPU MBA Energy and Sustainability Track, 2012-present
  • Advisory Committee, Professional Science Master's, Antioch University, 2012-present
  • Academic Showcase Divisional Representative, Spring 2012
  • Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting Planning Committee2014-present
  • President, New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists2000-2003
  • Vice Chair, Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture1996-present
  • New England Wildflower Society Rare Plant Task Force1997-2002
  • Member of the Peterborough Conservation Commission1994-2002