Cayelan Carey

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

  • A.B. in Environmental Biology, Dartmouth College, 2006
  • Fulbright Fellow, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2006-2007
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Cornell University, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Limnology, 2012-2013


The Carey Lab Website


Major Field of Interest

Freshwater Ecology, Community and Ecosystem Ecology

Current Research

Dr. Carey's research integrates population, community, and ecosystem ecology to examine how natural and anthropogenic perturbations affect freshwater systems. A current research focus is on understanding how feedbacks between microbial and plankton taxa, food webs, and nutrient cycling can mediate ecosystem resilience to eutrophication and climate change. We work across lakes, reservoirs, and streams, and use models, field experiments, and long-term data analysis to determine how stressors affect both biological communities and ecosystem services.

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  • 2011 Derring Hall (MC 0406)
    926 West Campus Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
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