Argonne National Laboratory

Kelly Sturner

Learning Lab Instructor

Kelly Sturner is a Learning Lab Instructor in Argonne’s Learning Center. She develops and facilitates middle and high school programming based on Argonne science to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. She holds an M.S. in Science Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and has years of experience leading programs that translate cutting-edge science for K-12 classrooms. She has received various regional and national grants for STEM education, authored a number of curricula, and published articles in national STEM education journals.

Kelly’s background is in environmental science, and she began her career at Argonne as an undergraduate student intern in terrestrial ecology. She later returned as a technician and lab manager for the same team. She also has an M.S. in Soil Science from the University of California-Davis.

Kelly is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Association for Women in Science, and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.


Sturner, K. K., S. L. Lenhart, and P. Bishop. 2016. “Developing collaboration skills in team undergraduate research experiences.” PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. doi: 10.1080/10511970.2016.1188432.

DeBruyn, J., K. K. Sturner, S. I. Duncan, and S. L. Lenhart. “Biodiversity Counts! Leader’s Guide and Student Handout.” UT Extension Publication. Submitted.

Sturner K. K. and K. Lucci. 2015. “The difference that data make: examining bird migration data to build scientific skill.” American Biology Teacher. Univ. of California Press. 77(1): 56-61.

Duncan, S. I., S. L. Lenhart, and K. K. Sturner. 2014. “Measuring biodiversity with probability.” The Mathematics Teacher, 107(7): 547-552.

Sturner, K. K., S. L. Lenhart, and B. Golden. 2013. “Modeling the forest.” Science Scope, 37(1): 70-79.

Sturner, K. K. and C. Welsh. 2013. “‘Bird Champions’ and ‘Changing Populations.’” Discover Birds Activity Book, 2nd Ed. Tennessee Ornithological Society. 24-29.

Riechert, S., T. C. Jones, S. Guffey, S. Lenhart, K. Sturner, and L. Howard. 2012. “Biology in a Box Unit 9: Forestry.” Biology in a Box.

Hofmockel, K. S., D. R. Zak, K. K. Moran (Sturner), and J. D. Jastrow. 2011. “Changes in forest soil organic matter pools after a decade of elevated CO2 and O-3.” Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 43: 1518-1527.

Moran (Sturner), K. K. and J. Jastrow. 2010. “Elevated carbon dioxide does not offset loss of soil carbon from a corn-soybean agroecosystem.” Environmental Pollution, 158: 1088-1094.

Garten Jr., C. T., J. L. Smith, D. D. Tyler, J. E. Amonette, V. L. Bailey, D. J. Brice, H. F. Castro, R. L. Graham, C. A. Gunderson, R. C. Izaurralde, P. M. Jardine, J. D. Jastrow, M. K. Kerley, R. Matamala, M. A. Mayes, F. B. Metting, R. M. Miller, K. K. Moran (Sturner), W. M. III Post, R. D. Sands, C. W. Schadt, J. R. Phillips, A. M. Thomson, T. Vugteveen, T. O. West, and S. D. Wullschleger. 2010. “Intra-annual changes in biomass, carbon, and nitrogen dynamics at 4 year old switchgrass field trials in west Tennessee, USA.” Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment, 136: 177-184.

Moran (Sturner), K. K., J. Six, W. R. Horwath, and C. van Kessel. 2005. “Role of mineral-nitrogen in residue decomposition and stable soil organic matter formation.” Soil Science Society of America Journal, 69: 1730-1736.

Moran (Sturner), K. K. “Mineral nitrogen effects on residue decomposition, microbial transformations, and soil organic matter formation.” Master’s thesis, University of California-Davis, 2003.

Moran (Sturner), K. K., R. L. Mulvaney, and S. A. Khan. 2002. “A technique to facilitate diffusions for nitrogen-isotope analysis by direct combustion.” Soil Science Society of America Journal, 66: 1008-1011.