Dr. Carter earned an B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia; an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from Emory University. She was previously on the faculty at Agnes Scott College and Emory University.
Born in Rome, GA, Dr. Carter has studied southeastern forest systems and granite outcrop communities for over twenty years. She is the Past President of the Association of Southeastern Biologists. She serves on the Plant Collections Committee of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Nature Conservancy.
Dr. Carter has been actively involved in precollege science education. For nine years she and her colleagues have taught a two-week summer course for K-12 teachers. The nationally recognized Institute for Environmental Education, a hands-on program featuring scientific investigations in the schoolyard, is taught at the Oxhouse Science Center. This program has been funded by Oxford College and grants from the Eisenhower Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and General Mills.
Dr. Carter is author of numerous papers and two books: Scientific Investigation (1999) a laboratory manual published by Benjamin Cummings for introductory biology and Guide to the Plants of Granite Outcrops (2000) a photographic field guide published by the University of Georgia Press.
Dr. Carter was awarded the Meritorious Teaching Award by the Association of Southeastern Biologists. She has been recognized at Oxford with the Phi Theta Kappa Teaching Award and the Fleming Award for excellence in teaching.
She enjoys traveling with her daughters and cycling.
BA| Wesleyan College
MS| Emory University
PhD| Emory University