Katie McGee, MSc (PhD Candidate)
My current 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 an Integrative Biology PhD candidate in Dr. Mehrdad Hajibabaei’s Lab at the University of Guelph.
M.Sc. Biotechnology Science – Kean University (2013)
B.Sc. Biology – Kean University (2011)
McGee, K.M., Eaton, W.D. 2015. A comparison of the wet and dry season DNA-based soil invertebrate community characteristics in large patches of the bromeliad Bromelia pinguin in a primary forest in Costa Rica. Applied Soil Ecology 87: 99–107.
McGee, K.M., Eaton, W.D. 2013. The effects of the conversion of a primary to a secondary tropical lowland forest on Bullet Ant (Paraponera clavata) foraging behavior in Costa Rica: A possible indicator of ecosystem condition. Journal of Insect Behavior. 26 (5), DOI 10.1007/s10905-013-9413-5.