Faculty Profiles

Joanna Carey

  • Assistant Professor
Academic Division: Math & Science


Dr. Carey joined Babson in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Math & Science Division. She currently teaches Case Studies in Ecological Management (NST 2020), and Oceanography (NST 1060). Her research focuses on answering fundamental questions regarding ecosystem processes in the context of rapid global change. She examines how human activities are altering carbon, nitrogen, and silicon cycling along the land-ocean continuum (forests, rivers, salt marshes, and estuaries) in temperate and Arctic ecosystems. Dr. Carey received her Ph.D. in Earth Science from Boston University (2013), her M.S. in Environmental Science from Yale University (2007), and her B.S. in Environmental Policy & Planning from Virginia Tech (2005). Before joining Babson in 2017, Dr. Carey completed several post-doctoral fellowships, including an NSF Earth Science Fellowship and a USGS Powell Center Fellowship, both hosted at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Boston University
  • MS, Yale University
  • BS, Virginia Tech

Academic Interests

Biogeochemistry, climate change, land cover change, Arctic ecology, rivers, salt marshes, forests, soils, silicon, carbon

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 — NSF Earth Science (EAR) Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation
  • 2010 — EPA STAR Fellow, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2010 — NOAA NERR Graduate Research Fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Journal Articles

  • Carey, J.C., Kroeger, K., Zafari, B., Tang, J.J. (2018). Passive experimental warming decouples air and sediment temperatures in a salt marsh. . Limnology and Oceanography. link
  • Crowther, T., Machmuller, M., Carey, J.C., Alison, S., Blair, J.M. (2018). More data but no new answers. Nature.
  • Watson, E., Raposa, K., Carey, J.C., Wigand, C., Warren, R. (2017). Anthropocene Survival of Southern New England’s Salt Marshes. Estuaries and Coasts. Vol: 40, Issue: 3, Page: 617–625. Springer US.
  • Carey, J.C., Parker, T.C., Fetcher, N., Tang, J. (2017). Biogenic silica accumulation varies across tussock tundra plant functional type. Functional Ecology. Vol: 31, Issue: 11.
  • Carey, J.C., Raposa, K., Wigand, C., Warren, R. (2017). Contrasting decadal-scale changes in elevation and vegetation in two Long Island Sound salt marshes. Estuaries and Coasts. Vol: 40, Issue: 3, Page: 651–661. Springer US.
  • Carey, J., Moran, S., Kelly, R., Kolker, A., Fulweiler, R. (2017). The declining role of organic matter in New England salt marshes. Estuaries and Coasts. Vol: 40, Issue: 3, Page: 626–639. Springer US.
  • Moseman-Valtierra, S., Abdul-Aziz, O.I., Tang, J., Ishtiaq, K.S., Morkeski, K., Mora, J., Quinn, R.K., Martin, R.M., Egan, K., Brannon, E.Q., others, . (2016). Carbon dioxide fluxes reflect plant zonation and belowground biomass in a coastal marsh. Ecosphere. Vol: 7, Issue: 11.
  • Humphries, A.T., Ayvazian, S.G., Carey, J.C., Hancock, B.T., Grabbert, S., Cobb, D., Strobel, C.J., Fulweiler, R.W. (2016). Directly measured denitrification reveals oyster aquaculture and restored oyster reefs remove nitrogen at comparable high rates. Frontiers in Marine Science. Vol: 3, Page: 74. Frontiers.
  • Carey, J.C., Fulweiler, R.W. (2016). Human appropriation of biogenic silicon–the increasing role of agriculture. Functional Ecology. Vol: 30, Issue: 8, Page: 1331–1339.
  • Crowther, T.W., Todd-Brown, K., Rowe, C., Wieder, W.R., Carey, J.C., Machmuller, M.B., Snoek, B., Fang, S., Zhou, G., Allison, S.D., others, . (2016). Quantifying global soil carbon losses in response to warming. Nature. Vol: 540, Issue: 7631, Page: 104–108. Nature Research.
  • Carey, J.C., Tang, J., Templer, P.H., Kroeger, K.D., Crowther, T.W., Burton, A.J., Dukes, J.S., Emmett, B., Frey, S.D., Heskel, M.A., others, . (2016). Temperature response of soil respiration largely unaltered with experimental warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 113, Issue: 48, Page: 13797–13802. National Acad Sciences.
  • Conley, D.J., Carey, J.C. (2015). Biogeochemistry: Silica cycling over geologic time. Nature Geoscience. Vol: 8, Issue: 6, Page: 431–432. Nature Publishing Group.
  • Fulweiler, R.W., Maguire, T.J., Carey, J.C., Finzi, A.C. (2015). Does elevated CO2 alter silica uptake in trees?. Frontiers in Plant Science. Vol: 5, Page: 793. Frontiers.
  • Carey, J., Fulweiler, R. (2014). Salt marsh tidal exchange increases residence time of silica in estuaries. Limnology and Oceanography. Vol: 59, Issue: 4, Page: 1203–1212.
  • Carey, J., Fulweiler, R. (2014). Silica uptake by Spartina–evidence of multiple modes of accumulation from salt marshes around the world. Frontiers in Plant Science. Vol: 5, Page: 1–23.
  • Carey, J., Fulweiler, R. (2013). Nitrogen enrichment increases net silica accumulation in a temperate salt marsh. Limnology and Oceanography. Vol: 58, Issue: 1, Page: 99–111.
  • Carey, J., Fulweiler, R. (2013). Watershed land use alters riverine silica cycling. Biogeochemistry. Vol: 113, Page: 525–544. Springer Netherlands.
  • Carey, J., Fulweiler, R. (2012). Human activities directly alter watershed dissolved silica fluxes. Biogeochemistry. Vol: 111, Page: 125–138. Springer Netherlands.
  • Carey, J.C., Fulweiler, R.W. (2012). The Terrestrial Silica Pump. PLoS ONE. Vol: 7, Issue: 12, Page: e52932. Public Library of Science.
  • Vieillard, A.M., Fulweiler, R.W., Hughes, Z.J., Carey, J.C. (2011). The ebb and flood of Silica: Quantifying dissolved and biogenic silica fluxes from a temperate salt marsh. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Elsevier.


  • Plant uptake offsets silica release from a large Arctic tundra wildfire Carey, J. Abbott, B. Rocha, A. American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC (2018)
  • The Accidental Chill: A ‘warming’ experiment that cooled a salt marsh. Carey, J. Kroeger, K. Zafari, B. Tang, J. Babson Research Day, Babson College (2018)
  • Examining the role of shrub expansion and fire in Arctic plant silica cycling. Carey, J. Tang, J. Fetcher, N. Rocha, A. Parker, T. American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, LA (2017)
  • Permafrost and Land Cover change may alter silica exports to Arctic coastal receiving waters. Carey, J. Gewirtzman, J. Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Biennial Meeting, Providence, RI (USA) (2017)
  • Uniform responses of soil respiration to experimental warming Carey, J. Tang, J. Templer, P. Kroeger, K. Soil Ecology Society Annual Meeting, Fort Collins, CO (USA) (2017)
  • Biogenic silica accumulation varies across tussock tundra plant functional type. Carey, J. Tang, J. Parker, T. Fetcher, N. Arctic LTER Winter Meeting, Woods Hole, MA (USA) (2017)
  • Glass content of Arctic plants: shifting biogenic silica accumulation with shrub expansion Carey, J. Babson Research Day, Babson College (2017)
  • Biogenic silica accumulation shifts with tussock tundra plant functional type Carey, J. Tang, J. Parker, T. Fetcher, N. Toolik All Scientists Meeting. , Portland, OR (USA) (2017)