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.
Stahlheber, K. A., J. Lindquist, P. D. Drogosh, D. Pennington and K. L. Gross. Submitted Jan 2019. Predicting productivity: A trait-based analysis of variability in biomass production among switchgrass feedstock cultivars. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment.
Knapp, D. A., J. J. Knapp, K. A. Stahlheber and T. Dudley. Submitted. Do we need a paradigm shift to turn the tide of plant invasions when eradication is not feasible? Proceedings of the International Conference on Island Invasives (forthcoming). International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Koerner, S. E., M. D. Smith, D. E. Burkepile, N. P. Hanan, M. L. Avolio, S. L. Collins, A. K. Knapp, N. P. Lemoine, E. J. Forrestel, S. Eby, D. I. Thompson, G. Aguado-Santacruz, J. P. Anderson, M. Anderson, A. Angassa, S. Bagchi, E. S. Bakker, G. Bastin, L. E. Baur, K. H. Beard, E. A. Beever, P. J. Bohlen, E. H. Boughton, D. Canestro, A. Cesa, E. Chaneton, J. Cheng, C. M. D'Antonio, C. Deleglise, F. Dembélé, J. Dorrough, D. Eldridge, B. Fernandez-Going, S. Fernández-Lugo, L. H. Fraser, B. Freedman, G. Garcia-Salgado, J. R. Goheen, L. Guo, S. Husheer, M. Karembé, J. M. H. Knops, T. Kraaij, A. Kulmatiski, M. Kytöviita, F. Lezama, G. Loucougaray, A. Loydi, D. G. Milchunas, S. Milton,15 J. W. Morgan, C. Moxham, K. C. Nehring, H. Olff, T. M. Palmer, S. Rebollo, C. Riginos, A. C. Risch, M. Rueda, M. Sankaran, T. Sasaki, K. Schoenecker, N. L. Schultz, M. Schütz, A. Schwabe, F. Siebert, C. Smit, K. A. Stahlheber, C. Storm, D. J. Strong, J. Su, Y. V. Tiruvaimozhi, C. Tyler, J. Val, M. L. Vandegehuchte, K. E. Veblen, L. T. Vermeire, D. Ward, J. Wu, T. P. Young, Q. Yu, T. J. Zelikova. 2018. Change in dominance determines herbivore effects on plant biodiversity. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2: 1925-1932.
Emery, S. M., E. R. Kinnetz, L. Bell-Dereske, K. A. Stahlheber and K. L. Gross. 2018. Low variation in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal associations and effects on biomass among switchgrass cultivars. Biomass and Bioenergy 119:503-508.
Landis, D., C. Gratton, R. Jackson, K. Gross, D. Duncan, C. Liang, T. Meehan, B. Robertson, T Schmidt, K. A. Stahlheber, J. Tiedje and B. Werling. 2018. Biomass and biofuel crop effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the North Central US. Biomass and Bioenergy 114:18-29.
Stahlheber, K. A., C. M. D’Antonio and C. M. Tyler. 2017. Livestock exclusion impacts on oak savanna habitats - differential responses of understory and open habitats. Rangeland Ecology and Management 70(3): 316-323.
Stahlheber, K. A. 2016. The impacts of isolation, canopy size, and environmental conditions on patterns of understory species richness in an oak savanna. Plant 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 composition. Biomass 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 grasslands. Ecology 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 composition. Ecology 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 grasslands. Biological 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)
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & AWARDS
2017 University of Wisconsin Green Bay Laboratory and Classroom Modernization Fund
2016 University of Wisconsin Green Bay College of Science and Technology One-Time Funds for Enhancing Student Success
2016 University of Wisconsin Green Bay Grants in Aid of Research
2016 University of Wisconsin Green Bay Teaching Enhancement Grant
2012 Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grant
2011 Vernon I. Cheadle Award
2011 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
2009 California Native Plant Society Educational Grant Award
2009 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention
2008 Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant
2007 University of California Santa Barbara Dean’s Fellowship
2007 Phi Beta Kappa
2007 Janet C. Curry '49 Award in Biological Sciences (awarded by Middlebury College)
University of Wisconsin Green Bay – Natural and Applied Sciences
2018 Ecology and Management of Ecosystems (graduate students)
2018, 2019 Scientific Writing
2018, 2019 Biology Seminar (capstone)
2017, 2019 Landscape Ecology (graduate students)
2016 – 2019 Principles of Biology – Organisms, Ecology and Evolution
2016 – 2019 Plant Physiology
University of California Santa Barbara - Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Department and Environmental Studies Department
2012, 2013 Instructor of Record, Foundations of Ecosystem Restoration
2012, 2013 Teaching Assistant, Tropical Ecology
2012 Teaching Assistant, Plant Biology
2011 Teaching Assistant, Foundations of Ecosystem Restoration
2010, 2011 Teaching Assistant, Ecology and Management of California Wildlands
2010 Teaching Assistant, Agriculture and Biotechnology
2009 Teaching Assistant, Diversity of Life (Introductory Biology Lab)
2009 Teaching Assistant, Plant Ecology
2008, 2009, 2012 Teaching Assistant, Environmental Ecology
2017 Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (UW-Green Bay), Teaching and Learning Community on Capstone Experiences.
2015 An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, Online Course developed by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), www.coursera.org
2013 Certificate in College and University Teaching, University of California Santa Barbara
2010 Plant Taxonomy Teacher Training, California Native Plant Society, Berkeley CA
Independent Study & Research Projects - UWGB 2016 - Present
2017 NAS Heirloom Fund Grant to J. Shrovnal - Phosphorus uptake potential of native and invasive plants for use as a rain garden
Graduate Committees (M.S. and Ph.D.) - UWGB & U of Louisville 2015 - Present
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