​​​PALMQUIST LAB

Plant Ecology at Marshall University​

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2014 Ph.D. in Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Community assembly and vegetation patterns across space and time in the longleaf pine ecosystem” (advisors: Robert Peet and Alan Weakley)   
  
2006 B.S. in Biology, Environmental Studies minor, magna cum laude, College of Charleston

Professional Employment

January 2019 - Assistant Professor, Marshall University, WV
June 2014 - December 2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wyoming (advisors: William Lauenroth and John Bradford)    
August - December 2016: Instructor of record, University of Wyoming - Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
August - December 2015: Instructor of record, University of Wyoming - Vegetation Ecology Lab
January - May 2014​: Instructor of record, High Point University - Introduction to Biology Lab and Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
 
Publications (* denotes student author)

Peer-reviewed Publications

In press Lindquist, L.W.*, K.A. Palmquist, S.E. Jordan* & W.K. Lauenroth. Climate change impacts on groundwater recharge in Wyoming big sagebrush ecosystems are contingent on elevation. Western North American Naturalist.

Accepted with minor revisions ​Pennington, V.E.*, J.B. Bradford, K.A. Palmquist & W.K. Lauenroth. Patterns of big sagebrush community composition and stand structure in the Western US. Rangeland Ecology and Management.


2018 Palmquist, K.A.,  J.B. Bradford, T.E. Martyn*, D.R. Schlaepfer & W.K. Lauenroth. STEPWAT2 – an individual-based model for exploring the impact of climate and disturbance on dryland plant communities. Ecosphere 9 (8): e02394.

2018 Rottler, C.M.*, I.C. Burke, K.A. Palmquist, J.B. Bradford & W.K. Lauenroth. Reclamation after oil and gas development does not speed up succession or plant community recovery in big sagebrush ecosystems in Wyoming. Restoration Ecology 26: 114-123.​

2018 Peet, R.K., K.A. Palmquist, T.R. Wentworth, M.P. Schafale, A.S. Weakley & M.T. Lee. Carolina Vegetation Survey: an initiative to improve regional implementation of the U.S. National Vegetation Classification. Phytocoenologia 48(2): 171-179 (invited paper). 

2017 Pennington, V.E.*, K.A. Palmquist, J.B. Bradford & W.K. Lauenroth. Climate and soil texture influence patterns of forb species richness and composition in big sagebrush plant communities across their spatial extent in the western US. Plant Ecology 218: 957-970.

2016 Palmquist, K.A., D.R. Schlaepfer, J.B. Bradford & W.K. Lauenroth. Spatial and elevational variation in dryland ecohydrological responses to climate change: implications for management. Ecosphere 7(11): 1-20.

2016 Pennington, V.E.*, J.B. Bradford, D.R. Schlaepfer, J.L. Beck, K.A. Palmquist & W.K. Lauenroth. Sagebrush, greater sage-grouse, and the occurrence and importance of forbs. Western North American Naturalist 76(3): 298-312.

2016 Palmquist, K.A., D.R. Schlaepfer, J.B. Bradford & W.K. Lauenroth. Mid-latitude shrub steppe plant communities: Climate change consequences for soil water resources. Ecology 97(9): 2342-2354.

2016 Lopez, B.E., K.R. Burgio, M.B. Carlucci, K.A. Palmquist, A. Parada, V.P. Weinberger & A.H. Hurlbert. A new framework for inferring community assembly processes using phylogenetic information, relevant traits, and environmental gradients. One Ecosystem 1 (e9501): 1-24.​

2016 Tessel, S.M., K.A. Palmquist & R.K. Peet. Species-Area Relationships. In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. 

2016 Palmquist, K.A., R. K. Peet & S.C. Carr. Xeric Longleaf Pine Vegetation of the Atlantic and East Gulf Coast Coastal Plain: an Evaluation and Revision of Associations within the U.S. National Vegetation Classification. Proceedings of the US National Vegetation Classification 1(1): 1-70.

2015 Mitchell, S.M, K.A. Palmquist, S. Cohen & N.L. Christensen. Patterns of vegetation composition and diversity in pine-dominated ecosystems of the lower Coastal Plain of North Carolina: implications for ecosystem restoration. Forest Ecology and Management 356: 64-73.

2015 Martyn,T.*, C.W. Beltz*, K.A. Palmquist, V.E. Pennington*, C.M. Rottler* & W.K. Lauenroth. Daubenmire versus line-point intercept: a response to Thacker et al (2015). Rangelands 37(4): 158-160.

2015 Palmquist, K.A., R.K. Peet & S.R. Mitchell. Fire frequency, silt percentage, and spatial scale influence vegetation patterns across two decades in the longleaf pine ecosystem. Journal of Ecology 103: 998-1008. 

2014 
Palmquist, K.A., R.K. Peet & A.S. Weakley. Reduced fire frequency and long-term drought drive species loss in one of the most species-rich longleaf pine savannas in the United States. Journal of Vegetation Science 25:1426-1437. 

2014 
+Coyle, J.R., F.W. Halliday, B.E. Lopez,
K.A. Palmquist, P.A. Wilfahrt & A.H. Hurlbert. Using trait and phylogenetic diversity to evaluate the generality of the stress-dominance hypothesis in eastern North American tree communities. Ecography 37: 1-13. Editor's choice. + all authors contributed equally.


Book Chapters
2018 Reeves, M.C., M.E. Manning, J.P. DiBenedetto,
K.A. Palmquist, W.K. Lauenroth, J.B. Bradford, & D.R. Schlaepfer. Effects of climate change on rangeland vegetation in the northern Rockies. In: J.E. Halofsky, J.E. and D.L. Peterson, eds. Climate Change and Rocky Mountain Ecosystems, Chapter 7, First edition. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. Pages 97-114.

2014 Peet, R.K., K.A. Palmquist & S.M. Tessel. Herbaceous layer species richness of southeastern forests and woodlands: patterns and causes. In: F.S. Gilliam, ed. The herbaceous layer in forests of Eastern North America, Chapter 10, Second edition. Oxford University Press, New York, New York. Pages 255-276.

Manuscripts In Review or Revision
Jordan, S.E.*, K.A. Palmquist, J.B. Bradford & W.K. Lauenroth. Soil water availability shapes species richness in dryland plant communities. Ecology (in review).


Manuscripts In Preparation
Palmquist, K.A., S.E. Jordan*, J.B. Bradford, D.R. Schlaepfer & W.K. Lauenroth. Resource quantity and resource heterogeneity shape species richness and beta-diversity patterns in big sagebrush plant communities (in prep). Target journal: Ecology.​ 

Palmquist, K.A., J.B. Bradford, D.R. Schlaepfer, W.K. Lauenroth, S. Torbit, G. Watson, K. Doherty, and R. Renne. Climate change impacts on shrub steppe plant communities are contingent on climate and geography (in prep). Target journal: Global Change Biology.​ 

Palmquist, K.A., R. Renne, J.B. Bradford, D.R. Schlaepfer, W.K. Lauenroth, S. Torbit, G. Watson, and K. Doherty. Grazing intensity interacts with climate to determine future dryland plant community composition (in prep). Target journal: Ecological Applications.​ 

Fellowships and Grants ($515,271 awarded, $418,921 external)
2018 North-Central Climate Science Center, “Big sagebrush plant community response to wildfire and invasive annual grasses in the 21st century”, $200,000 (lead PI, pending)
2017 US Geological Survey, “Modeling the response of big sagebrush plant communities to altered climate and disturbance”, $24,000 (co-PI) 
2016 WWISE travel grant, Wyoming-ESPCoR, University of Wyoming, $1,000
2015 University of Basel, Switzerland, “Albedo modification impact on global temperate dryland ecosystem water balance”, $73,612 (co-PI)
2015 Biodiversity Institute (BI 15-1), University of Wyoming, “Soil water dynamics and plant biodiversity in big sagebrush ecosystems across space", $50,000 (co-PI)
2015 US Geological Survey, "Analysis, revision, and documentation of longleaf pine associations of the National Vegetation Classification (Group 007) occurring in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida" (co-author)
2015 WWISE travel grant, Wyoming-EPSCoR, University of Wyoming, $1,600  
2015 INBRE Bioinformatics Training Travel Grant, University of Wyoming, $1,800
2014 International Association for Vegetation Scientist Young Scientist Travel Award, $2,300
2013 Graduate Professional School Federation Domestic Travel Award, University of North Carolina $400
2013 Dr. William Coker Fellowship, University of North Carolina $11,500
2013 Alma Holland Beers Scholarship, University of North Carolina $1,500
2013 North Carolina Native Plant Society Shin Grant $1,000
2013 Graduate Student Transportation Grant, University of North Carolina $250
2012 US Geological Survey, Subcontract to the University of North Carolina through the Ecological Society of America. "U.S. National Vegetation Classification peer review testing" (co-author)
2012 Alma Holland Beers Scholarship, University of North Carolina $1,500
2012 Dr. William Coker Fellowship, University of North Carolina $1,500
2012 Caldwell Travel Scholarship, University of North Carolina $500
2011 Dr. William Coker Fellowship, University of North Carolina $1,850
2010 Alma Holland Beers Scholarship, University of North Carolina $2,950
2008 Mrs. Coker Botany Fellowship, University of North Carolina $20,000
2005 SURF, Effects of Irrigation Timing and Water Quality on Cotton Physiology and Development, College of Charleston $5,000
 
Teaching Experience
2016 Instructor of record, University of Wyoming, Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
2015 Instructor of record, University of Wyoming, Vegetation Ecology Lab
​2015 Guest lecturer, University of Wyoming, Vegetation Ecology
2014 Guest lecturer,  University of Wyoming, Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
2014 Instructor of record, High Point University, Introduction to Biology and Introduction to Environmental Science Labs
2010 - 12 Introductory Biology Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina
2009 - 10 Ecology and Evolution Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina
2010 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina
2006 Plant Taxonomy Teaching Assistant, College of Charleston


Student Mentoring
2015 - present Co-adviser of Samuel Jordan’s Master’s degree in Forestry and Environmental Studies entitled “Impacts of grazing and ecohydrology on plant biodiversity patterns in big sagebrush ecosystems”. Yale University. 


2016 - 2018 Co-adviser of Lukas Lindquist’s Wyoming Research Scholars undergraduate research project entitled “Sagebrush, climate change, and groundwater recharge in Wyoming”. University of Wyoming.

2014 - 2016 Co-adviser of Victoria Pennington’s Master’s degree in Botany entitled “Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat in the Western United States: Plant Species Composition and the Importance of Forbs”. University of Wyoming.

2014 - present Additional students mentored at the University of Wyoming and Yale University: Trace Martyn (MS, UWY), Caitlin Rottler (PhD, UWY), Rachel Renne (MS in progress, Yale), and Lexi Smith (MS in progress, Yale). 


Land Management and Conservation Partners
Steve Torbit, Assistant Regional Director of Science Applications, Mountain-Prairie Region, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Greg Watson, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Chief, Office of Landscape Conservation, Mountain-Prairie Region, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Kevin Doherty, Wildlife Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service 


Invited Presentations
2017 Palmquist, K.A.How high-performance computing can benefit ecological research at the University of Wyoming. Advanced Research Computing Center workshop at the University of Wyoming. Laramie, WY.

2013 Palmquist, K.A. & R.K. Peet. Smale-scale species richness in longleaf pine savannas: patterns and drivers. Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

2012 
Palmquist, K.A., R.K. Peet, J.M. White & K. Israel. Long-term vegetation change in contrasting North Carolina ecosystems. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

2011 
Palmquist, K.A., Peet R.K. & A.S. Weakley. Species richness patterns, compositional shifts, and turnover in the longleaf pine ecosystem across 18 years. College of Charleston Biology Lecture Series, Charleston, SC. 

Other Presentations
​2018
Palmquist, K.A. & W.K. Lauenroth. Herbarium specimens reveal shifts in the timing of big sagebrush reproduction over the last two centuries. ESA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.


2018 Schlaepfer, D.R., W.K. Lauenroth, J.B. Bradford & K.A. Palmquist. Evapotranspiration and ecological drought under a geoengineered future. ESA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.


2018 Jordan, S.E, K.A. Palmquist, J.B. Bradford & W.K. Lauenroth. Soil water availability shapes plant species richness in big sagebrush communities. ESA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.


2017 Palmquist, K.A., S.E. Jordan, J.B. Bradford, D.R. Schlaepfer & W.K. Lauenroth. Resource quantity and resource heterogeneity shape species richness and beta-diversity patterns in big sagebrush plant communities. ESA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. 

2017 Schlaepfer, D.R., J.B. Bradford, K.A. Palmquist & W.K. Lauenroth. Geoengineering impacts on ecological droughts in global drylands. ESA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

2017 Bradford, J.B., D.R. Schlaepfer, K.A. Palmquist & W.K. Lauenroth. Climate change impacts on soil temperature and moisture regimes in western North America. ESA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

2017 Peet, R.K., K.A. Palmquist & M. Schafale. Revising the USNVC using quantitative methods and plot data: A case study using longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) vegetation of the southeastern United States. ESA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.


2016 Palmquist, K.A., W.K. Lauenroth, J.B. Bradford & D.R. Schlaepfer. Spatial and ecological variation in big sagebrush ecohydrological responses to climate change: Implications for management and conservation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. (doi: 10.7490/f1000research.1112864.1)

2015 Palmquist, K.A., W.K. Lauenroth, J.B. Bradford & D.R. Schlaepfer. Climate change impacts on future sagebrush ecohydrology across the western US. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. 

2015 Pannek, A., K.A. Palmquist, A. Fidelis & M. Lee. IAVS Young Scientists. International Association for Vegetation Science Annual Meeting. Brno, Czech Republic.

2015 Palmquist, K.A., W.K. Lauenroth, J.B. Bradford & D.R. Schalepfer. Climate change impacts on future ecohydrology in sagebrush ecosystems across the western US. North Central Climate Science Center Meeting. Fort Collins, CO.

2015 Pennington, V.E., W.K. Lauenroth, J.B. Bradford & K.A. Palmquist. Forb species richness in sagebrush ecosystems of the western US. North Central Climate Science Center Meeting. Fort Collins, CO.

2015 Palmquist, K.A., W.K. Lauenroth, J.B. Bradford & D.R. Schalepfer. Climate change impacts on big sagebrush ecohydrology and vegetation dynamics across the western US. University of Wyoming Botany Seminar Series. Laramie, WY.

2014 Palmquist, K.A. Fire and spatial scale mediate the strength of deterministic and stochastic processes in longleaf pine woodlands. International Association for Vegetation Science Annual Meeting. Perth, Australia.

2013 
Palmquist, K.A., R.K. Peet & A.S. Weakley. Species diversity patterns are shaped by multiple ecological processes across the range of the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) ecosystem. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN.

2013 Peet, R.K. & 
K.A. Palmquist. The challenges and consequences of use of a large plot database to improve the USNVC classification of Pinus palustris savannas of the southeastern Coastal Plain. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. 

2013 Peet, R.K.,
K.A. Palmquist & S.M. Tessel. Scale and context dependence of plant species richness in forests and woodlands of southeastern North America. International Association for Vegetation Science Annual Meeting, Tartu, Estonia.

2013 
Palmquist, K.A., R.K. Peet & A.S. Weakley. Assessing changes in plant biodiversity in the longleaf pine ecosystem over time. Biology Research Symposium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.

2013
Palmquist, K.A. Species frequency patterns in the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) ecosystem: characterizing the identity and dynamics of infrequent plant species. Association for Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, Charleston, WV.

2013
Palmquist, K.A., R.K. Peet & A.S. Weakley. Species diversity patterns are shaped by multiple ecological processes across the range of the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) ecosystem. Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology Research Symposium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.

2013
Palmquist, K.A., R.K. Peet & A.S. Weakley. Assessing changes in plant biodiversity in the longleaf pine ecosystem over time. University Research Day, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.

2012 Coyle, J.R., P. Wilfahrt,
K.A. Palmquist, B.E. Lopez, F.W. Halliday, K. Becraft, C. Fieseler, C. Hakkenberg, C. Payne, K. Peck, D. Tarasi, C. Urbanowicz, C. Mitchell, R.K. Peet & A.H. Hurlbert. Inference of ecological processes structuring tree communities in Eastern North America using functional and phylogenetic diversity. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

2012 Lopez, B.E., K.R. Burgio, M.B. Carlucci,
K.A. Palmquist, A. Parada & P.A. Wilfahrt. A novel conceptual framework for using functional and phylogenetic diversity to identify community assembly processes along environmental gradients. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

2012 Mitchell, S.R., N. Christensen, J.R. Walters,
K.A. Palmquist, M. Bertone & S. Cohen. Soil properties drive differences in taxonomic groups among pine forests of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

2012
Palmquist, K.A., Peet R.K. & A.S. Weakley. Dramatic declines in small-scale species richness in longleaf pine savannas. Association for Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, Athens, GA.

2010
Palmquist, K.A., Peet R.K., Weakley, A.S. & N.L. Christensen. Quantifying species turnover and compositional shifts of the longleaf pine ecosystem in North Carolina after 18 years. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

2010 
Palmquist, K.A., Peet R.K., Weakley, A.S. & N.L. Christensen. Species turnover and compositional shifts of the longleaf pine ecosystem after 18 years. North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council Annual Meeting, New Bern, NC.

2010
Palmquist, K.A., Peet R.K. & N.L. Christensen. Species richness over time and space in the longleaf pine ecosystem. International Association for Vegetation Science Annual Meeting, Ensenada, Mexico.

Awards
2016 Own It! Award Nominee, given by EPSCoR to honor outstanding women in STEM fields
2013 Eugene P. Odum Award, given by the SE Chapter of the Ecological Society of America for the best oral presentation on ecological research given by a student at the Association for Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, $500
2012 University of North Carolina Impact Award, recognizes graduate students whose research contributes to the educational, economic, physical or social well-being of the citizens of North Carolina, $500 

Professional Memberships
Ecological Society of America – Member of Rocky Mountain Chapter, Rangeland Ecology Section, Early Career Ecologist Section, and Vegetation Section
Society of Range Management
International Association for Vegetation Science 

Professional Service

2017 - present Vice Chair of the Vegetation Section of the Ecological Society of America
2015 - present International Association for Vegetation Science Vegetation Classification Working Group
2014 - present Reviewer for Journal of Vegetation Science (6), Community Ecology (1), American Journal of Botany (1), Plant Ecology (1), Functional Ecology (1), Ecology (1), Western North American Naturalist (4), Landscape Ecology (1), Fire Ecology (1), Wetlands (1)

2017 External reviewer for NSF, Division of Environmental Biology

2016 Internal reviewer for the Biodiversity Institute Grants at the University of Wyoming
2015 International Association for Vegetation Science Young Scientists's Section Steering Committee     
2015, 2018 Judge for the Tom Damman Award, the best student oral presentation in Vegetation Science at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America
2015, 2018 Judge for the Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award, the best student oral presentation and best student poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America
2015 International Association for Vegetation Science Young Scientist’s Section Steering Committee
2014 Judge for the Quatterman-Keever Award, the best student poster in ecology at the annual meeting of the Association for Southeastern Biologists
2012-13 UNC CH Biology Graduate Student Association Officer
2012-13 UNC CH Ecology Seminar Series Chair
2011-12 UNC CH Ecology Seminar Series Committee
2011 Peer reviewer for the US National Vegetation Classification​