Director of Soil Research and Conservation
As Director of Soil Research and Conservation, I develop and lead priority research projects and partnerships that will help inform rangeland management across California and beyond. I help oversee our partnership with TomKat Ranch, and am currently leading a large multi-state, multi-institute project to better understand how rangeland management practices affect carbon sequestration across space and time. My research generally focuses on characterizing soil properties that are relevant to rangeland soil health and climate change mitigation, determining how management influences these properties across space and time, and identifying ways that explicit consideration of the soil can improve success of conservation practices like riparian restoration.
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). I went on to receive my Ph.D. from the University of California Merced’s Environmental Systems Program in 2014 and spent time as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Riverside.
Inoculant-Supported Restoration: A Technical Report
Dybala, K.E., Thalmayer, I., Gardali, T., and C.J. Carey. 2022. Point Blue Conservation Science, Petaluma, CA.
A Scoping Paper for Developing Rangeland Carbon Monitoring Protocols
Foster, E.J. and C.J. Carey. 2021. Point Blue Conservation Science, Petaluma, CA.
Exploring variability in rangeland soil organic carbon stocks across California (USA) using a voluntary monitoring network
Carey, C.J., Weverka, J., DiGaudio, R., Gardali, T., and E.L. Porzig. 2020. Geoderma Regional 22: e00304.
Supporting evidence varies for rangeland management practices to improve soil properties and forage production in California
Carey, C.J., Gravuer, K., Gennet, S., Osleger, D., and S.A. Wood. 2020. California Agriculture 74: 101-111.
Life Belowground on the Range: An Introduction to the Soil Communities that Support our Rangelands
Carey, C.J. and M. Preston. 2019. Point Blue Guide.
Soil carbon science for policy and practice
Bradford, M.A., Carey, C.J., Atwood, L., et al. 2019. Nature Sustainability.
Invasive plants decrease microbial capacity to nitrify and denitrify compared to native California grassland communities
Carey, C.J., Blankinship, J.C., Eviner, V.T., Malmstrom, C.M., and S.C. Hart. 2017. Biological Invasions 19: 2941-2957.
Direct and indirect effects of native range expansion on soil microbial structure and function.
Collins, C.G., Carey, C.J., Aronson, E.L., and J.M. Diez. 2016. Journal of Ecology 104: 1271-1283.
Soil microbial community structure is unaltered by plant invasion, vegetation clipping, and nitrogen fertilization in experimental semi-arid grasslands.
Carey, C.J., Beman, J.M., Eviner, V.T., Malmsrom, C.M., and S.C. Hart. 2015. Frontiers in Microbiology 6, 466.
Email: Chelsea Carey