Chelsea Carey

Senior Soil Ecologist

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.