Chelsea Carey

Senior Soil Ecologist

As Senior Soil Ecologist, I work with TomKat Ranch and Point Blue’s Rangeland Monitoring Network to conduct and share science that will support rangeland managers in sustainably promoting desired on-site and public services across the state. My current research focuses on characterizing soil properties that are relevant to soil health and climate mitigation, determining how management influences these properties across space and time, and identifying ways through which stewardship of abiotic and biotic components of the soil can improve success of conservation practices.

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.