KARA A. MOORE-O’LEARY
Department of Evolution and Ecology; 4337 Storer Hall ; University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue (530) 902-1553 firstname.lastname@example.org ;;
2007 Ph.D., Conservation Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA. GPA: 4.00/4.00 2002 M.S., Forest Ecology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. GPA: 7.92/8.00 1998 B.S. Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: written evaluations
2007-Present Post-doctoral Researcher, Plant local adaptation, population biology, and
distribution modeling..Dept. of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis, advisor Dr.
2006-Present Ecological Consultant, Endangered and threatened plant reproductive biology and
pollinator dependence. BMP Ecosciences and Ash Meadows National Wildlife
Refuge, Ash Meadows, Nevada.
2007- 2008 Post-doctoral Researcher, Serpentine endemic plants’ biogeography and potential
responses to climate change, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis,
advisors Drs. Susan Harrison and Mark Schwartz
2002-2007 Dissertation Research: Using models and field experiments to define niche versus
dispersal limitation in California grassland annuals, Dept. of Environmental Science
and Policy, UC Davis, advisor Dr. Susan Harrison
2005-2007 Graduate Research Assistant, Klamath-Siskiyou plant diversity and climate
change project, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis,
advisors Drs. Susan Harrison and Ellen Damschen (NCEAS)
2002-2007 Graduate Research Assistant, California serpentine plant diversity, Dept.
Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis, advisors Drs. Susan Harrison and
Hugh Safford (USGS-USFS)
2006 Graduate Research Assistant, Botanical surveys of LTER grassland plant
diversity, UC McLaughlin Natural Reserve, advisor Dr. Susan Harrison 2006 Graduate Research Assistant, Valley elderberry longhorn beetle habitat
assessment, American river corridor, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy,
UC Davis, advisor Dr. Marcel Holyoak
2000-2002 Master’s Thesis Research: The occurrence and vegetative reproduction of red
maple among landscape ecosystem types, northern Lower Michigan, University of
Michigan Biological Station, School of Natural Resources and the Environment,
UM Ann Arbor,
advisor Dr. Burton V. Barnes
1999 Post-baccalaureate Research Assistant, herbivory and old-field shrub
invasions, Dept. of Biology, UM Ann Arbor, advisor Dr. Jacqueline Couteau 1998-1999 Post-baccalaureate Research Assistant, Dept. of Biology, UM Ann Arbor, advisor
Dr. Deborah Goldberg
1996-1998 Undergraduate Research Fellow, Honors Thesis: An exploration of the
competitive interactions of three clonal sedges in a Michigan fen Dept. of Biology,
UM Ann Arbor, advisor Dr. Deborah Goldberg
1995 Undergraduate Research Assistant, calcareous fen wetland community ecology,
Dept. of Biology, UM Ann Arbor, advisor Dr. Chad Hershock
1994-1995 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Matthaei Botanical Gardens,
UM Ann Arbor, advisor Dr. David Michener, Assistant Curator
Computer: Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, SAS, JMP, R, Amos, SPlus
Field techniques: Vegetation sampling, community classification, plant identification, forest stand and
history assessment, plant demography monitoring, seed collection and storage, soil
sampling (composition and chronology of layers)
Statistical: ANOVA and general linear models (including regression, multiple regression, and
model selection procedures), nonparametric statistics, species distribution and niche
modeling, ordination, and structural equation modeling (SEM)
HONORS AND AWARDS
2002 Terrestrial Ecosystems Faculty Award, School of Natural Resources and the
Environment, UM Ann Arbor
2001 Xi Sigma Pi, inducted, Honorary Forestry Fraternity, UM Ann Arbor Chapter 2000 Wheeler Family Scholarship, 2000, School of Natural Resources and the
Environment, UM Ann Arbor
1999 K.L. Jones Award, Dept. Biology, UM Ann Arbor
1998 Highest Honors in Biology, Dept. Biology, UM Ann Arbor
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
2009-2012 NSF Population and Community Ecology Program Collaborative Research Grant:
Consequences of habitat heterogeneity and seed dormancy for adaptation at the
margins of a native plant population (with Maureen Stanton and Richard
2002-2007 Block Grant Fellow, Graduate Group in Ecology, UC Davis 2005-2007 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant 2004 Davis Botanical Society Research Grant, UC Davis
2004 Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant, University of California
Natural Reserve System
2003 Jastro Shields Research Award, Graduate Group in Ecology, UC Davis 2003 Graduate Research Award, Consortium for Research at the McLaughlin Natural
Reserve, UC Davis
1996 Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Dept. Biology, UM Ann Arbor
Fall 2006 Teaching Assistant, Principles of Ecology, Dept. of Environmental Science and
Policy, UC Davis
Summer 2005 Teaching Assistant, Grass Identification, Dept. of Plant Biology, Dept. of Plant
Biology, UC Davis
Fall 2004 Teaching Assistant, Wetland Ecology, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy,
Spring 2002 Lecturer, Spring Ecosystems and Plants, School of Natural Resources and the
Environment, UM Ann Arbor
Winter 2002 Graduate Student Instructor, Applied Population Ecology, School of Natural
Resources and the Environment and Dept. of Biology, UM Ann Arbor Spring 2001 Course Assistant, Spring Ecosystems and Plants, School of Natural Resources and t
the Environment, UM Ann Arbor
Fall 2000, 2001 Graduate Student Instructor, Woody Plants, School of Natural Resources and the
Environment, UM Ann Arbor
Pavlik, B.M., Moore, K.A. & Stanton, A.E. In press. Quantifying herbivore inpacts on rare plants at Ash
Meadows. Proceedings of a conference of the California Native Plant Society. California Native
Plant Society. Sacramento, CA.
Moore, K. A., and S.C. Elmendorf. In press. Species interactions along stress gradients. In Serpentine: A
model for Evolution and Ecology, S.P. Harrison and N. Rajakaruna, eds. University of California
Moore, K. A., S. P. Harrison, and S.C. Elmendorf. In review. Can spatial isolation help predict dispersal-
limited sites for native species restoration?
Harrison, S. P., H. Cornell, and K. A. Moore. In press. What controls spatial niches? Testing theory
with tarweeds. Ecology.
Moore, K. A.. 2009. Fluctuating patch boundaries of a charismatic annual forb result from niche, not
dispersal, limitation. Ecology 90(2): 378-387.
Elmendorf, S.C. and K. A. Moore. 2009. Community composition data outperforms environmental data
in predicting species’ fecundity and abundance. Conservation Biology 22(6):1523-1532.
Elmendorf, S. C., and K. A. Moore. 2007. Plant competition varies with community composition in an
edaphically complex landscape. Ecology 88:2640-2650.
Melbourne, B.A., H.V. Cornell, K. F. Davies, C. J. Dugaw, S.C. Elmendorf, A.L. Freestone, R. Hall, S.P.
Harrison, A. Hastings, M.Holland, M.A. Holyoak, J.Lambrinos, K.A. Moore, C.M. Taylor and
H. Yokomizo. 2007. Invasion in a heterogeneous world: resistance, coexistence or hostile
takeover? Ecology Letters 10:77-94.
Moore, K. A. and S. C. Elmendorf. 2006. Propagule vs. niche limitation: untangling the mechanisms
behind plant species' distributions. Ecology Letters 9:797-804.
Hastings, A., K. Cuddington, K. F. Davies, C. J. Dugaw, S. Elmendorf, A. Freestone, S. Harrison, M.
Holland, J. Lambrinos, U. Malvadkar, B. A. Melbourne, K. Moore, C. Taylor, and D. Thomson.
2005. The spatial spread of invasions: new developments in theory and evidence. Ecology
K.A. Moore and M. L. Stanton. June 2010. Consequences of habitat heterogeneity and seed dormancy for
adaptation at the margins of a native plant population, Presentation, Evolution Mtg. Portland.
K. A. Moore, S. P. Harrison, and S.C. Elmendorf. January 2009. Can spatial isolation help predict
dispersal-limited sites for native species restoration? Presentation, California Native Plant
Society Mtg., Sacramento.
K. A. Moore. 2007. Shifting spatial occurrence of the native annual Lupinus nanus results from coupling
between interannual variation and deterministic niche constraints. Presentation, Ecological
Society of America Annual Mtg., San Jose
K. A. Moore and S. P. Harrison. 2007. Dispersal limitation and site suitability vary with distance from
existing patches of two charismatic native annuals. Presentation, California Native Grassland
Association and Annual Mtg., Santa Barbara.
K. A. Moore and S. C. Elmendorf. 2006. The plant’s eye view of competitive gradients. Presentation,
Ecological Society of America Annual Mtg., Nashville
2009-present Founding member, McLaughlin Natural Reserve Outreach Education Collaborative,
University of California, Davis
2006-present Senior scientist, BMP Ecosciences, San Francisco, California
2006 Grant Review Panel Assistant, California Bay-Delta Area Ecosystem Restoration
Program, Land Use and Natural Resources, University of California, Davis
2000-2002 Botanist/Ecologist, Walpole Island Heritage Center, Prairie Inventory, Walpole
Island First Nation, Canada
2000 Docent, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, UM Ann Arbor 1999 Workshop Assistant, First Annual Meeting on Agricultural Sustainability, National
Pollution Prevention Center, UM Ann Arbor 1999-2001 Restoration/Burn Crew and Bird Survey Volunteer, Natural Areas Preservation
City Parks and Recreation, Ann Arbor, Michigan Division,
1998-2000 Program Leader, Leslie Science Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1998-2000 Founding Member, Environmental Learning Fund, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2010-present Society for the Study of Evolution
2007-present California Native Plant Society
2002-present Ecological Society of America 2007-2009 California Native Grassland Association
2006-2008 Association for Women in Science, Davis Chapter
Maureen L. Stanton
Chair, Department of Evolution and Ecology University of California, Davis, CA
Bruce M. Pavlik
Professor of Biology
Mills College, Oakland, CA
BMP Ecosciences, San Francisco, CA
Susan P. Harrison
Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
University of California, Davis, CA
Kevin J. Rice
Professor, Department of Plant Sciences University of California, Davis, CA