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Kelsey R Carter

Postdoctoral Researcher

Kelsey Carter is a plant physiologist specializing in studying plant responses to environmental stress, especially temperature and drought. Dr. Carter uses both field- and laboratory-based techniques to better understand how both managed and unmanaged systems are influenced by climate change.

2020-2023 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory

2012-2015 - Intern, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


2019 - PhD in Forest Science, Michigan Technological University

2017 - MSc in Applied Ecology, Michigan Technological University

2012 - BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Doughty CE, Keany JM, Wiebe BC, Rey-Sanchez C, Carter KR, Middleby KB, Cheesman AW, Goulden ML, da Rocha HR, Miller SD, Malhi Y, Fauset S, Gloor E, Slot M, Oliveras Menor I, Crous KY, Goldsmith GR, Fisher JB. 2023. Nature. 621. 105-111.

Carter KR, Nachtsheim AC, Dickman LT, Moore ER, Negi S, Heneghan JP, Sabella AJ, Steadman CR, Albright MBN, Anderson-Cook CM, Comas LH, Harris RJ, Heikoop JM, Lubbers N, Marina OC, Musa D, Newman BD, Perkins GB, Twary S, Yeager CM, Sevanto S. 2023. Plant and Soil.

Moore ER, Carter KR, Heneghan J, Albright MBN, Steadman C, Sevanto S, Dunbar J. 2023. Interactions between soil microbes and drought-relevant plant physiology are dependent on broader community composition and environmental context. Microbiology Spectrum. 11(2): e01476-22.

Healy AL, Piatkowski B, Lovell JT, Sreedasyam A, Carey SB, Mamidi S, Shu S, Plott C, Jenkins J, Lawrence T, Aguero B, Carrell A, Taag J, Duffy A, Jawdy S, Carter KR, Brachin LB, Jones T, Jaramillo-Chico J, Harkess A, Barry K, Keymanesh K, Bauer D, Brinwood J, Gunter L, Schmutz J, Weston DJ, Shaw AJ. 2023. Newly identified sex chromosomes in the Sphagnum (peat moss) genome alter carbon sequestration and ecosystem dynamics. Nature Plants. 9: 238–254

Carter KR, Dickman LT. 2022. Recovery of seedling carbon balance despite hydraulic impairment following hot drought. Tree Physiology. 42(8): 1527-1531.

Carter KR, Wood TE, Reed SC, Butts KB*, Cavaleri MA. 2021. Experimental warming across a tropical forest canopy height gradient reveals minimal photosynthetic and respiratory acclimation. Plant, Cell & Environment. 44:2879–2897.

Miller BD, Carter KR, Reed SC, Wood TE, Cavaleri MA. 2021. Only sun-lit leaves of the uppermost canopy exceed both air temperature and photosynthetic thermal optima in a wet tropical forest. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology. 301-302:108347.

Jensen AM, Eckert D, Carter KR, Persson M, Warren JM. 2021. Springtime drought shifts carbon partitioning of recent photosynthates in 10-year old Picea mariana trees, causing restricted canopy development. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 3:601046.

Carter KR, Wood TE, Reed SC, Schwartz EC*, Reinsel MB*, Yang X & Cavaleri MA. 2020. Photosynthetic and respiratory acclimation of understory shrubs in response to in situ experimental warming of a wet tropical forest. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 3, 1–20

Kramer RD, Ishii HR, Carter KR, Miyazaki Y, Cavaleri MA, Araki M, Azuma W, Inoue Y, Hara C. 2020. Predicting effects of climate change on productivity and persistence of forest trees. Ecological Research. 35:562–574.

Kumarathunge DP, Medlyn BE, Drake JE, Tjoelker MG, Aspinwall MJ, Battaglia M, Cano FJ, Carter KR, Cavaleri MA, Cernusak LA, Chambers JQ, Crous KY, De Kauwe MG, Dillaway DN, Dreyer E, Ellsworth DS, Ghannoum O, Han Q, Kidosaka K, Jensen AM,Kelly JWG, Kruger EL, Merado LM, Onada Y, Reich PB, Rogers A, Slot M, Smith NG, Tarvainen, Tissue DT, Togashi HF, Tribuzy ES, Uddling J, Varhammar A, Wallin G, Warren JM, and Way DA. 2019. Acclimation and adaptation components of the temperature dependence of plant photosynthesis at the global scale. New Phytologist. doi: 10.1111/nph.15668.

Carter KR and Cavaleri MA. 2018. Within-canopy experimental leaf warming induces photosynthetic decline instead of acclimation in two northern hardwood species. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 1:11. doi: 10.3389/ffgc/2018.00011

Tuskan GA, Gunter LE, Palla K, Carter KR, Jacobson D, Jones P, Garcia BJ, Weighill D, Hyatt D, Yang Y, Zhang J, Reis N, Chen JG, Muchero W. 2018. Defining the genetic components of callus induction: A GWAS approach. PLOS ONE. 13(8): E0202519.

Timm CM, Carter KR, Carrell AA, Jun SR, Jawdy SS, Valez JM, Gunter LE, Yang ZM, Nookaew I, Engle NL, Lu TYS, Schadt CW, Tschaplinski TJ, Doktycz MJ, Tuskan GA, Pelletier DA, Weston DJ. 2018. Abiotic stresses shift Populus-associated bacteria towards a core stress microbiome. mSystems. 3(1): e00070.

Walker AP, Carter KR, Gu LH, Hanson PJ, Malhotra A, Norby RJ, Sebestyen SD, Wullschleger SD, Weston DJ. 2017. Biophysical drivers of seasonal variability in Sphagnum gross primary production in a northern temperate bog. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. 122 (5): 1078-1097.