Karen McGlathery is a Professor of Environmental Sciences. She received her B.S. from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before coming to UVA in 1996, Karen 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 (VCR LTER) program, based at UVA’s Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. She also is a member of the Science Council and Executive Board of the National LTER Program. The VCR LTER program is one of 25 in the nation funded by the National Science Foundation to study long-term change in marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
A specialist on effects of environmental change, including climate, sea-level rise, eutrophication and species invasions in coastal marine ecosystems, McGlathery 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 VCR LTER 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. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in Global Coastal Change, Aquatic and Estuarine Ecology, Coastal Oceanography, and Conservation.
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. She received the David Harrison III Award for Undergraduate Advising at UVA, and the Robert H. Whittaker Research Award and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Teaching Award at Cornell.