Christine E. Carrier
MS, Geography, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
BS, Geography, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Upon earning her MS in Geography, Christine joined The Morton Arboretum as a research assistant in the Forest Ecology lab. With experience in both lab and field work, Christine coordinated multiple research projects and managed a team of volunteers. In her current role as a Center for Tree Science (CTS) Research Assistant, Christine remains a critical part of the research department, overseeing the growing CTS Fellowship program, including coordinating the Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CTS-URF) program. She also assists the Science and Conservation Program Manager to advance the mission of the Arboretum and serves as a member of several interdepartmental councils and committees. Her personal research interests include biogeography, climate change, and phenology.
After starting her career in Hotel Management, Christine returned to school to earn a BS in Geography, specializing in Natural Environmental Systems. As an undergraduate student, Christine was a research assistant on a National Science Foundation grant simulating the effects of climate change on sugar maple seedlings at the deciduous and boreal forest ecotone, and continued this work as a graduate student investigating carbon assimilation and water-use efficiency in the herbaceous understory layer in Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. She presented her findings at the Association of American Geographers West Lakes Division, and achieved the highest point total in the presentation competition, taking home the 1st place prize. Christine has been an invited guest lecturer for an Economic Botany Course, given demonstrations to Board Members, staff, students, and select organizations on research equipment and techniques, and continues to provide informative tours of the Arboretum research laboratories and field sites to colleagues and the public.