I study how organelle size is sensed and controlled by the cell by using the budding yeast vacuole as a model system. The vacuole is a highly dynamic organelle which shows a size scaling relationship with the cell, i.e. larger cells have larger vacuoles. I am interested in how the cell maintains the vacuole at the appropriate size, and how this control impacts function.
I am interested in indigenous environmental politics, the political economy of the mining and oil industries, and environmental history in the Americas. I have have conducted in-depth research on these issues in Ecuador and Guyana, working closely with local communities and organizations. These field studies have also led to several research partnerships with Bay Area non-profit organizations.
Karen Grove received her BS in Geology from the University of Maryland in 1983, where she completed an undergraduate thesis in structural geology. In 1989 she received her PhD in Geology from Stanford University, where she studied Late Cretaceous sedimentation and tectonics in west-central California. After beginning her faculty position in the Department of Geosciences (now Earth & Climate Sciences) at San Francisco State University, Karen studied more recent sediments in active fault zones, focusing on the tectonic evolution of Point Reyes and other parts of the Bay Area.