Karen McGlathery is a Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. A specialist on effects of environmental change, including climate, sea-level rise, eutrophication and species invasions in coastal marine ecosystems, she has co-authored over 80 articles in journals including Nature, Limnology and Oceanography, Marine Ecology Progress Series, and Oceanography. Her most recent research at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research (VCR LTER) program focuses on the role of large-scale habitat restoration in the provision of ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration. In addition to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the graduate students in her lab have worked in coastal systems in New England, Florida, Bermuda, New Zealand and Mozambique.
McGlathery is an Associate Editor of the journal Ecosystems, and has served as a Guest Editor for the journal Oceanography. She was a member of the National Science Foundation Committee of Visitors on Centers of Excellence for Research in Science and Technology.
McGlathery received her B.S. from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before coming to UVA in 1996, she was a Research Associate at the University of Copenhagen and the National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark. Since 2004, McGlathery has served as Director of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program, based at UVA’s Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.