Scientific Staff

Christine E. Carrier, MS

Center for Tree Science Fellowship Coordinator

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As the Center for Tree Science (CTS) Fellowship Coordinator, Christine provides critical support to the research department at the Arboretum.

Upon earning her MS in Geography, Christine joined The Morton Arboretum as a research assistant in its forest ecology lab. With experience in both lab and fieldwork, Christine has coordinated multiple research projects and managed teams of volunteers overseeing the growing Integrated Mentorship Program. She has also coordinated the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation.

In addition to her role as fellowship coordinator, Christine helps the Science and Conservation Program Manager advance the mission of the Arboretum and serves as a member of interdepartmental councils and committees. Her research interests include biogeography, climate change, and phenology.

Following an earlier 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. She 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.

Christine has been an invited guest lecturer, given demonstrations to board members, staff, students, and select organizations on research equipment and techniques, and continues to provide informative tours of the Arboretum’s research laboratories and field sites to colleagues and the public.


MS, Geography (Biogeography)

Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, IL

BS, Geography (Natural Environment Systems)

Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, IL