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 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)


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

(DEB 1110569)

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

Educational Training

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),

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



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University of Wisconsin Green Bay

Natural and Applied Sciences

2420 Nicolet Dr.

Green Bay, WI 54311-7001