Katie McGee, Ph.D
My research involves using DNA metasystematics via Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) to study the ecology and biochemistry of soil organisms in the environment, with the goal of understanding the mechanisms of soil biotic community dynamics and their role in biogeochemical cycles, while also applying these mechanistic links to ecosystem ecology. In particular, I am interested in the affects of land management on soil microbial, invertebrate, and plant community composition, along with Carbon and Nitrogen cycle dynamics. The ultimate goal is to determine whether these metrics can serve as good candidates for indicators of ecosystem functioning in the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge (MNWLR) of Costa Rica. My vision is to eventually identify Carbon, Nitrogen, and biotic indicators of both ecosystem condition and function, and drivers of ecological processes using molecular techniques.
I am currently a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and visiting researcher at the University of Guelph’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics.
Ph.D. Integrative Biology – University of Guelph (2018)
M.Sc. Biotechnology Science – Kean University (2013)
B.Sc. Biology – Kean University (2011)