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 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
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)
University of California Santa Barbara – Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Department
Class: Foundations of Ecosystem Restoration, Spring 2012 & 2013
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
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