Contact: Dan Carter at dlcarterksu@gmail.com

Opinions expressed here are my own. I am a Wisconsin-based restoration ecologist and field botanist. I presently work for The Prairie Enthusiasts, a non-profit that uniquely appreciates the stewardship needs of Midwestern fire-dependent ecosystems.  


Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata is among several species I was the first to record in SE Wisconsin.


  • PhD in Biology from Kansas State University (5/2013)
  • Education Concentration (2004),Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
  • Bachelor’s in Biology with honors (2004), Grinnell College, Grinnell Iowa


Carter, D.L. and M. Pace (2015 though dated 2013) Noteworthy collection: Spiranthes ovalis Lindley var. erostellata Catling. The Michigan Botanist.

Carter, D.L. and B.L. VanderWeide. 2014. Belowground bud production is linked to population establishment in Sorghastrum nutans (Poaceae). Plant Ecology 215:977-986.

VanderWeide, B.L., Hartnett D.C., and D.L. Carter. 2014. Belowground bud banks of tallgrass prairie are insensitive to multi-year, growing-season drought. Ecosphere 5:art103.

Carter, D.L., and J.M. Blair. 2013. Seed Source has variable effects on species, communities, and ecosystem properties in grassland restorations. Ecosphere 4: art93.

Madsen, M.D., K.W. Davies, C.S. Boyd, J.D. Kerby, D.L. Carter and T.J. Svejcar. Restoring North America’s sagebrush steppe ecosystem using seed enhancement technologies. Proceedings of the 22nd International Grassland Congress 393-401.

Carter, D.L., and J.M. Blair. 2012. Seed source affects establishment and survival for three grassland species sown into reciprocal common gardens. Ecosphere 3:art102.

Carter, D.L., B.L. VanderWeide, and J.M. Blair. 2012. Drought-mediated stem dynamics in restored grasslands: The role of bud banks in recovery. Applied Vegetation Science 15:470-478.

Carter, D.L. and J.M. Blair. 2012. High richness and dense seeding enhance grassland restoration establishment, but have little effect on drought response. Ecological Applications 22: 1308-1319.

Carter, D.L. and J.M. Blair. 2012. Recovery of native plant community characteristics on a chronosequence of restored prairies seeded into pastures in West-Central Iowa. Restoration Ecology 20:170-179.

2 Responses to About

  1. Just found your blog via a comment that you left on an article about prairie plants and the drought. Looking forward to reading it, as we have 15 acres of Tallgrass Prairie on our 40 acre property (not too far from you, actually, as we are north of Lawrence). Are you a member of the Kansas Native Plant Society? They did a prairie walk here back in June, I think it was…. Anyhow, plenty of pics here of our fabulous wildflowers (including Mead’s Milkweed): http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Flower-Farm/114442135240679 if you’re interested.

    • prairiebotanist says:

      Very nice photos on your FB page. You are lucky…I just have my back yard for now. I am not actually a member of the Kansas Native Plant Society. I probably should be, but it is difficult enough for me to keep up with the memberships I already have.

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