About Dr. Carrie Andrew

Summary

I investigate multiple dimensions of terrestrial ecology, employing the tools and analytics as needed to build research that elucidates the spatiotemporal patterns and processes of fungi, plants and their associated organisms – in light of global change (atmospheric chemistry, climate change, land-use change and pollution) and conservation. I do so because my passion is to understand the natural and anthropogenic determinants of species distributions, their assemblages, and their ecological associations, from the micro- to the macro- scale, and especially related to future global change consequences.

Vision

My goals are to lead, coordinate and conduct ecological and conservation-based research related to fungi and plants – within a global change backdrop – and combined with education across demographics, i.e., students, the general public, scientists and policy-makers, on our contemporary knowledge – as well as the gaps – and the implications. I strive to, especially, shift public awareness towards better understanding how integral fungi, plants, and their interactions, are for natural systems as well as societies and the policies implemented.

History

With over 14 years’ post-baccalaureate experience, my research emphasizes terrestrial ecology, global change biology and plant-fungal interactions. I have generated at least 11 first-author articles (ca. 24 total publications) and have taught nine different university courses (lectures and labs), in addition to supervision and skills transferences to colleagues and students. 

I actively apply for funding support across international sources, for example I recently have written grant applications for the Norwegian Research Council, Swiss National Science Foundation, and in addition to 3 ‘ghostwriter’ contributions, one of the latter which was funded (SNSF)). I have also been awarded multiple, smaller-funds grants from scientific organizations and university funding sources. As the key, leading researcher on two funded, successfully completed projects, I have the experience and know-how to build a highly productive research team.

My research background in organismal mycology and botany is the springboard for me to question their ecologies and interactions, from ecosystem to community levels, across themes of global change biology (especially atmospheric chemistry and climate change). Investigating the spatiotemporal dynamics of fungi at the macroecological scale, data science is a primary tool (along with molecular methodologies) that I most recently have utilized, for example while working with citizen science and museum (fungarium) collections data, for the dissemination of research in peer-reviewed publications and presentations. 

I have over four years’ experience instructing and mentoring undergraduate and MS students, and further experience transferring skills to peers and students, especially related to mycorrhizal fungi, R, and statistical analyses. Having postdoctoral researcher experience in collaboration with over 18 scientists, across international institutions, the resulting seven first-authorship publications of that research demonstrates my initiative and determination to drive fungal ecology research forward. I actively peer review manuscript and grant applications from over 15 sources. Having worked and lived in three US states and four European countries, across over nine research and teaching institutions, I have a vastly diverse set of professional experiences to draw from during future research, educational and mentoring opportunities.

Research Topics

Global change biology (climate, nitrogen, CO2, O3, teaching)

Ecology (conservation, community, invasion, landscape, macro-, ecosystem, teaching)

Mycology (conservation, ecology, invasion, identification (mushrooms, root tips, molecular), fungaria, global change, mycorrhizae, teaching, wood-decay)

Big data (citizen science, herbarium/fungaria collections, meta-databases, open-access, phenology, statistical, “wrangling”) 

R (a statistical package; data processing / formatting, statistical analyses, teaching)

Statistics (colonization-extinction modeling, distributional modelling, experimental design, multivariate analyses, mixed effects models, regression techniques, processing data, spatial analyses)

Molecular processes (DNA extraction, TRFLP, Sanger sequencing and analysis, and high throughput sequencing)

Field work (arboretum, natural lands, restoration, experimental designs, productivity, respiration, global change)

Academic History

Doctorate, January 2005 – August 2009, Michigan Technological University (Forestry Science)

Bachelor of Science, August 1999 – August 2004, University of Wisconsin – Madison (Botany; Biological Aspects of Conservation)