As senior soil ecologist, I work with TomKat Ranch and Point Blue's Rangeland Monitoring Network to understand how management influences the ecology of California's rangeland soils.

I grew up near Chicago and attended DePaul University as an undergraduate. While there, I developed a strong appreciation for the wonderful world of soil through my research on the invasive plant, common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). After graduation, I spent a year working as a conservation science intern for Lake Forest Open Lands Association, a non-profit land trust in Illinois. I went on to receive my Ph.D. from the University of California Merced's Environmental Systems Program in 2014, where my dissertation focused on the interactive effects of exotic plants, vegetation removal, and elevated nutrient supply on soil microbial communities in California grasslands. Between 2014-2017, I spent time at The University of California Riverside as a postdoctoral scholar studying, among other things, atmospheric movement and dispersal of microorganisms.

When I'm not digging in the soil, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs, exploring California's many landscapes, and running.

Featured Work

Carey, C.J., Blankinship, J.C., Eviner, V.T., Malmstrom, C.M., and S.C. Hart. Accepted. Invasive plants decrease microbial capacity to nitrify and denitrify compared to native California grassland communities. Biological Invasions.

Aciego, S.M., Riebe, C.S., Hart, S.C., Blakowski, M.A., Carey, C.J., Aarons, S.M., Dove, N.C., Botthoff, J., Austin, P., and E.L. Aronson. 2017. Asian dust contributes substantial nutrient fluxes to North American montane forest ecosystems. Nature Communications 8: 10.1038/ncomms14800.

Carey, C.J., Hart, S.C., Aciego, S.M., Riebe, C.S, Blakowski, M.A., and E.A. Aronson. 2016. Microbial community structure of subalpine snow in the Sierra Nevada, California. Artic, Antarctic, and Subalpine Research 44: 685-701.

Carey, C.J., Dove, N.C., Beman, J.M., Hart, S.C., and E.A. Aronson. 2016. Meta-analysis reveals ammonia-oxidizing bacteria respond more strongly to nitrogen addition than ammonia-oxidizing archaea. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 99: 148-166.

Collins, C.G., Carey, C.J., Aronson, E.L., and J.M. Diez. 2016. Direct and indirect effects of native range expansion on soil microbial structure and function. Journal of Ecology 104: 1271-1283.

Carey, C.J., Beman, J.M., Eviner, V.T., Malmstrom, C.M., and S.C. Hart. 2015. Soil microbial community structure is unaltered by plant invasion, vegetation clipping, and nitrogen fertilization in experimental semi-arid grasslands. Frontiers in Microbiology 6, 466.