Assistant Professor August 2016 - Present

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Natural and Applied Sciences, Biology


Postdoctoral Research Associate  March 2014 – August 2016

      W. K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University

      Advisor: Katherine L. Gross


Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, December 2013

University of California, Santa Barbara 

Advisor: Carla M. D’Antonio

 Committee: Jonathan M. Levine, Bruce E. Mahall and Steven D. Gaines

 Dissertation: The influence of savanna oaks (Quercus spp.) on California grassland plant  composition

Certificate in College and University Teaching, December 2013

       University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

B.A., Environmental Studies and Biology, summa cum laude, May 2007

 Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

 Advisor: Stephen Trombulak

 Honors Thesis: Sheep grazing as a management strategy for reducing scrub oak (Quercus spp.)  area on Nantucket Island, MA.


Landis, D., C. Gratton, R. Jackson, K. Gross, D. Duncan, C. Liang, T. Meehan, B. Robertson, T Schmidt, K. Stahlheber, J. Tiedje and B. Werling. In revision. Biomass crop effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the North Central US. Biomass and Bioenergy.

Stahlheber, K. A., C. M. D’Antonio and C. M. Tyler. In press. Livestock exclusion impacts on oak savanna habitats - differential responses of understory and open habitats. Rangeland Ecology and Management.

 Stahlheber, K. A. 2016. The impacts of isolation, canopy size, and environmental conditions on patterns of understory species richness in an oak savannaPlant Ecology 217(7): 825-841.

Stahlheber, K. A., B. Watson, T. L. Dickson, R. Disney and K. L. Gross. 2016. Balancing biofuel production and biodiversity - harvesting frequency effects on tallgrass prairie depend on plant community compositionBiomass and Bioenergy 92: 98-105.

Mordecai, E. A., N. A. Molinari, K. A. Stahlheber, K. Gross, and C. M. D’Antonio. 2015. Controls over native perennial grass exclusion and persistence in annual-invaded California grasslandsEcology 96(10): 2643-2652.

 Stahlheber, K. A., K. L. Crispin, C. Anton, and C. M. D’Antonio. 2015. The ghosts of trees past: savanna trees create enduring legacies in plant species compositionEcology 96(9): 2510-2522.

 Stahlheber, K. A.  and C. M. D’Antonio. 2014. Do tree canopies enhance perennial grass restoration in California oak savannas? Restoration Ecology 22(5): 574-581.

 Stahlheber, K. A. and C. M. D’Antonio. 2013. Managing plant composition with livestock: A meta-analysis of grazing in California Mediterranean grasslandsBiological Conservation 157: 300-308. 

D’Antonio, C. M., K. A. Stahlheber, and N. A. Molinari. 2011. Grasses and Forbs. Pages 280 – 290 in Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions (D. Simberloff and M. Rejmánek, eds.). Berkeley: University of California Press. (ISBN: 9780520948433)


Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grant (2012)

Vernon I. Cheadle Award (2011, awarded by UCSB Alumni Association)

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2011)

California Native Plant Society Educational Grant Award (2009)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention (2009)

Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant (2008)

University of California Santa Barbara Dean’s Fellowship (2007)

Phi Beta Kappa

Janet C. Curry '49 Award in Biological Sciences (2007, awarded by Middlebury College)

Middlebury College Scholar (2003 - 2007)


Principal Instructor

University of California Santa Barbara – Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Department

Class: Foundations of Ecosystem Restoration, Spring 2012 & 2013

Teaching Assistant

University of California Santa – Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Department

Classes:    Plant Ecology, Winter 2009

                 Diversity of Life, Spring 2009

                 Ecology and Management of California Wildlands, Fall 2010, 2011

                 Foundations of Ecosystem Restoration, Spring 2011

                 Tropical Ecology, Winter 2012 & 2013

                      Plant Biology, Summer 2012

Teaching Assistant

University of California Santa Barbara – Environmental Studies Department

Classes:    Environmental Ecology, Fall 2008, 2009 & 2012

                 Agriculture and Biotechnology, Winter 2010

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Middlebury College – Biology Department

      Classes:     Ecology, 2004

                        Genetics and Evolution, 2004 – 2006


Undergraduate Research Assistant Program - MSU   2014 - 2016

Research Experience for Undergraduates Program - MSU   2015 & 2016

Research Experience for Teachers Program - MSU & UW-Madison   2015

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program - UCSB College of Creative Studies 2011 & 2012    

Mentor for undergraduate research units - UCSB   2009 – 2013

Summer Pre-College Research Mentorship Program – UCSB Summer Sessions   2010

Apprentice Researchers Summer Program – UCSB California NanoSystems Institute   2008



Current address:

W. K. Kellogg Biological Station

3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.

Hickory Corners, MI 49060