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Carrie Andrew

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 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.


Employment Post-PhD:
Researcher, Swedish Species Information Centre (Artdatabanken), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden, Mar. 2019 – current

Guest researcher, University of Oslo, Norway, 2017 – current

Researcher, University of Oslo, Department of Biosciences, Norway, Sep. – Dec. 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland, Jan. 2017 – Jun. 2018

Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Mar. 2017 – Mar. 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oslo, Department of Biosciences, Norway, Oct. 2013 – Dec. 2016

Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Liberal Arts Department, Illinois, Jan. 2013 – Oct. 2013

Honorary Research Associate, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois, Aug. 2012 – Oct. 2013

Instructor, Northeastern Illinois University, Biology Department, Chicago, Illinois, May 2010 – Aug. 2013

Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Dept. of Botany, Wisconsin, Jan. – May 2010

Research Assistant, The Field Museum, Botany Department, Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 2009 – Dec. 2011

Honorary Research Associate, The Field Museum, Sept. 2009 – Oct. 2013

Further affiliations:
Data Carpentry Instructor (R and RStudio), 2016 – 2017

Software Carpentry Instructor (R and RStudio), 2016 – 2017

Employment during undergraduate education:
Catherine Bradley Internship, Univ. of Wis. – Madison Arboretum, Wisconsin, May 2003 – Aug. 2004

Work study program, Univ. of Wis. – Madison, Dept. of Botany, Wisconsin, Jan. 2001 – Aug. 2004

Magic Mill Natural Foods Store, Floor manager, dept. buyer & cashier, Madison, Wisconsin, 1997 – 2003


Educational workshops
Data / Software Carpentry Instructor, University of Oslo, Norway (2016) workshops
R for data analysis and visualization
Data Carpentry R for Genomics

University of Oslo, Norway (2015) Basic R workshop
(introduction to R statistical package)

University-level Teaching
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (2013)
The Nature of Ecology (SAIC-3557)
Mushrooms, Molds & Medicines (SAIC-3362)

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois (2010 – 2013)
[main campus & El Centro campus (academic center for the Latino community)]
Introduction to Biology (Biology 100)
The Changing Natural Environment (Biology 104)
General Biology (Biology 202)
Ecology (Biology 305)
General Mycology (Biology 334)

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin (2010)
Mycology (Botany/Plant Pathology 332)

Teaching philosophy (version 14 January 2019)


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)

Research statement (version 11 May 2019)


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. More generally, 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 and have also been awarded multiple, smaller-funds grants from scientific organizations and university funding sources. I have been the key, leading researcher on two previously funded, successfully completed projects 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.

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 research, educational and mentoring opportunities, current and future.


Committee memberships, supervision & skills transference

Committee member (supervisor) for Fredrik Rustøen, Universitetet i Oslo, M.S. candidate, The effects of climate change on fungi’s substrate affinity and distribution (Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2016).

Committee member for Andrea Erber, Northeastern Illinois University, ‘Exploring the feasibility and time efficiency of mycoremediation of polluted waters: A study testing Chicago River water samples,’ M.S. (2013).

Multiple skills transferences (to peers, undergraduate, MS, and PhD students): fungal identification; molecular methodologies; mycorrhizal fungi; R; and statistical analyses.

Selected publications

Gange, A.C., Allen, L.P., Nussbaumer, A., Gange, E.G., Andrew, C., Egli, S., Senn-Irelet, B., Boddy, L. Multiscale patterns of rarity in fungi, inferred from fruiting records. Global Ecology and Biogeography, Early View.

Andrew, C., Büntgen, U., Egli, S., Senn-Irlet, B., Grytnes, J., Heilmann-Clausen, J., Boddy, L., Bässler, C., Gange, A.C., Heegaard, E., Høiland, K., Kirk, P.M., Krisai-Greilhüber, I., Kuyper, T., W., Kauserud, H. 2019. Open-source data reveal how collections-based fungal diversity is sensitive to global change. Applications of Plant Science. 7: e1227.

Dawson, S.K., Boddy, L., Halbwachs, H., Bässler, C., Andrew, C., Crowther, T.W., Heilmann-Clausen, J., Nordén J., Ovaskainen O., Jönsson, M. Handbook for standardised measurement of macrofungal traits; a start with basidiomycete wood fungi, Functional Ecology. 33: 372-387.

Andrew, C., Diez, J., James, T.Y., Kauserud, H. Fungarium specimens – a largely untapped source in global change biology and beyond. 2018. Philosophical Transactions Royal Society B. 374: 20170392.

Bidartondo, M.I., Ellis, C., Kauserud, H., Kennedy, P.G., Lilleskov, E.A., Suz, L.M., Andrew, C. 2018. The state of the world’s fungi report – 2018. Chapter 9. Climate Change: Fungal responses and effects. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Khomich, M, Cox, F, Andrew, C.J., Andersen, T., Kauserud, H., Davey, M.L. 2018. Coming up short: Identifying substrate and geographic biases in fungal sequence databases. Fungal Ecology. 36: 75-80.

Andrew, C., Halvorsen, R., Heegaard, E., Kuyper, T.W., Heilmann-Clausen, J., Krisai-Greilhuber, I., Bässler, C., Egli, S., Gange, A.C., Høiland, K., Kirk, P.M., Senn-Irlet, B., Boddy, L., Büntgen, U., Kauserud, H. 2018. Climate, soil carbon and nitrogen deposition drive macrofungal assemblages in Europe. Journal of Biogeography. 45: 1942-1953.

Andrew, C., Heegaard, E., Høiland, K., Senn-Irlet, B., Kuyper, T.W., Krisai-Greilhuber, I., Kirk, P.M., Heilmann-Clausen, J., Gange, A.C., Egli, S., Bässler, C., Büntgen, U., Boddy, L., Kauserud, H. 2018. Explaining European fungal phenology with climate variability. Ecology. 99: 1306-1315.

Andrew, C., Heegaard, E., Gange, A.C., Senn-Irlet, B., Egli, S., Kirk, P.M., Büntgen, U., Kauserud, H., Boddy, L. 2018. Congruency in fungal phenology patterns across dataset sources and scales. Fungal Ecology. 32: 9-17.

Gange, A.C., Heegaard, E., Boddy, L., Andrew, C., Kirk, P., Halvorsen, R., Kuyper, T.W., Bässler, C., Diez, J., Heilman-Clausen, J. and Høiland, K., Büntgen, U., Kauserud, H. 2017. Trait-dependent distributional shifts in fruiting of common British fungi. Ecography. 40, doi: 10.1111/ecog.03233

Heegaard, E., Boddy, L., Diez, J.M., Halvorsen, R., Kauserud, H., Kuyper, T.W., Bässler, C., Büntgen, U., Gange, A.C., Krisai-Greilhuber, I., Andrew, C.J., Ayer, F., Høiland, K., Kirk, P.M., Egli, S.  2017.  Fine-scale spatiotemporal dynamics of fungal fruiting: prevalence, amplitude, range and continuity.  Ecography. 40: 947-959.

Piermattei, A., Urbinati, C., Tonelli, E., Eggertsson, Ó., Levanič, T., Kaczka, R.J., Andrew, C., Schöne, B.R. and Büntgen, U., 2017. Potential and limitation of combining terrestrial and marine growth records from Iceland. Global and Planetary Change. 155: 213-224.

Büntgen, U. Greuter, L. Bollmann, K., Jenny, H., Liebhold, A., Galván, J.D., Stenseth, N.C., Andrew, C., Mysterud, A. 2017. Elevational range shifts in four mountain ungulate species from the Swiss Alps. Ecosphere. 8: e01761.

Andrew, C., Heegaard, E., Kirk P.M., Bässler, C., Heilmann-Clausen, J., Krisai-Greilhuber, I., Kuyper, T., Senn, B., Büntgen, U., Diez, J., Egli, S., Gange, A., Halvorsen, R., Høiland, K., Nordén, J., Rustøen, F., Boddy, L., Kauserud, H.  2017.  Big data integration: Pan-European fungal species observations assembly that addresses contemporary questions in ecology and global change biology.  Fungal Biology Reviews.  31: 88-98.

Rustøen, F., Andrew, C.J.  Effekten av klimaendringer på soppens substratvalg og utbredelse.  Biolog. 2: 14-17.

Andrew, C., Heegaard, E., Halvorsen, R., Martinez-Peña, F., Egli, S., Kirk, P.M., Bässler, C. Büntgen, U., Aldea, J., Høiland, K., Boddy, L., Kauserud, H.  2016.  Climate change impacts on fungal community and trait dynamics. Fungal Ecology. 22: 17-25.

Andrew, C., Lilleskov, E.A.  2014. Elevated CO2 and O3 effects on ectomycorrhizal fungal root tip communities in consideration of a post-agricultural soil nutrient gradient legacy.  Mycorrhiza.  24: 581-593.

Andrew, C.J., Van Diepen, L.T.A., Miller, M., Lilleskov, E.A.  2014.  Aspen-associated mycorrhizal fungal production and respiration as a function of changing CO2, O3 and climatic variables.  Fungal Ecology.  10: 70-80.

Nelsen, M.P., Lücking, R., Andrew, C.J., Rivas Plata, E., Chaves, J.L., Cáceres, M.E.S., Ventura, N.  2012.  Dismantling Herpothallon: Herpothallon antillarum (Arthoniomycetes: Arthoniaceae) is a member of the genus Diorygma(Lecanoromycetes: Graphidaceae). The Bryologist.  115: 313-321.

Nelsen, M.P., Lücking, R., Mbatchou, J.S., Andrew, C.J., Spielmann, A.A., Lumbsch, H.T.  2011.  New insights into relationships of lichen-forming Dothideomycetes.  Fungal Diversity.  51: 155 – 162.

Thüs, H., T., Muggia, L., Pérez-Ortega, S., Favero-Longo, S.E., Joneson, S., O’Brien, H., Nelsen, M.P., Duque-Thüs, R., Grube, M., Friedl, T., Brodies, J., Andrew, C.J., Lücking, R., Lutzoni, F. and Gueidan, C.  2011.  Revisiting photobiont diversity in the lichen family Verrucariaceae (Ascomycota).  European Journal of Phycology.  46: 399-415.

Nelsen, M.P., Rivas Plata, E., Andrew, C.J., Lücking, R. and Lumbsch, T.  2011. Phylogenetic diversity of Trentepohlialean algae associated with lichen-forming fungi.  Journal of Phycology.  47: 282-290.

Andrew, C. J.  2009. Response of ectomycorrhizal fungi to elevated atmospheric CO2 and O3 within northern deciduous forests.  Doctoral dissertation.  Michigan Technological University.

Andrew, C. and Lilleskov, E.A.  2009.  Productivity and community structure of ectomycorrhizal sporocarps under increased atmospheric CO2 and O3.  Ecology Letters. 12: 813-822.

Andrew, C. and Leach, M.K.  2006.  Are prescribed fires endangering the endangered Silphium borer moth (Papaipema silphii)?  Ecological Restoration. 24: 231-235.