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Karen Mckee

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Karen L. McKee is a Scientist Emeritus (retired) with the U.S. Geological Survey. She received both a master’s degree and doctorate in botany and conducted research in the field of wetland plant ecology for forty years.Research topics have included adaptations of plants to stressful environments and effects of elevated CO2, climate change, sea-level rise, and hurricanes on wetlands. Her scientific work has been published in over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and books; she has also produced several peer-reviewed videos. Dr. McKee has been active in promoting science communication by scientists and has worked to encourage more scientists and science students to acquire better multimedia skills. 


Krauss, Ken W.; McKee, Karen L.; Lovelock, Catherine E.; Cahoon, Donald R.; Saintilan, Neil; Reef, Ruth; Chen, Luzhen, 2014. How mangrove forests adjust to rising sea level. New Phytologist 202 (1): 19-34. [Link]

Lee, S.Y., J.H. Primavera, F. Dahdouh-Guebas, K.L. McKee, J.O. Bosire, S. Cannicci, K. Diele, F. Fromard, N. Koedam, C. Marchand, I. Mendelssohn, N. Mukherjee, S. Record. 2014. Ecological roles and services of tropical mangrove ecosystems: A reassessment. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23 (7): 726-743 [Link]

Krauss, K.W., K.L. McKee, and M.W. Hester. 2014. Water use characteristics of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) communities along an ecotone with marsh at a northern geographical limit. Ecohydrology 7 (2): 354-365 [Link]

Khan, Nicole S.; Horton, Benjamin P.; McKee, Karen L.; Jerolmack, Douglas ; Falcini, Federico ; Enache, Mihaela D.; Vane, Christopher H., 2013. Tracking sedimentation from the historic A.D. 2011 Mississippi River flood in the deltaic wetlands of Louisiana, USA. Geology 4(4): 391-394. [Link]

Middleton, Beth A.; McKee, Karen L., 2012. Can elevated CO2 modify regeneration from seed banks of floating freshwater marshes subjected to rising sea-level?. Hydrobiologia 683: 123-133. [Link]

Falcini, Federico; Khan, Nicole S.; Macelloni, Leonardo; Horton, Benjamin P.; Lutken, Carol B.; McKee, Karen L.; Santoleri, Rosalia; Colella, Simone; Li, Chunyan; Volpe, Gianluca; D’Emidio, Marco; Salusti, Alessandro; Jerolmack, Douglas J., 2012. Linking the historic 2011 Mississippi River flood to coastal wetland sedimentation. Nature Geoscience 5: 803-807. [Link]

Middleton, Beth A.; McKee, Karen L., 2011. Soil warming alters seed-bank responses across the geographic range of freshwater Taxodium distichum (Cupressaceae) swamps. American Journal of Botany 98(12): 1943-1955. [Link]

McKee, K. L. , 2011. Biophysical controls on accretion and elevation change in Caribbean mangrove ecosystems.Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 91: 475-483. [Link]

Middleton, B.A. and K.L. McKee. 2011. Soil warming alters seed bank responses across the geographic range of freshwater Taxodium distichum (Cupressaceae) swamps. Amer. J. Bot. 98 (12): 1943-1955. [Link]

Feller, I.C., C.E. Lovelock, U. Berger, K.L. McKee, S.B. Joye, and M.C. Ball. 2010. Biocomplexity in mangrove ecosystems. Annual Review of Marine Science 2: 395-417. [Link]

Brix, H. B. Lorenzen, I. A. Mendelssohn, K.L. McKee, S.L. Miao. 2010. Can differences in phosphorus uptake kinetics explain the distribution of cattail and sawgrass in the Florida Everglades? BMC Plant Biology 10: 23-37. [Link]

Li, S., J. Lissner, I.A. Mendelssohn, H. Brix, B. Lorenzen, K.L. McKee, and S.L. Miao. 2010. Nutrient and growth responses of cattail (Typha domingensis) to redox intensity and phosphate availability. Annals of Botany 105 (1): 175-184. [Link]

Langley, J.A.; McKee, K.L.; Cahoon, D.R.; Cherry, J.A.; Megonigala, J.P., 2009. Elevated CO2 stimulates marsh elevation gain, counterbalancing sea-level rise. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences106 (15): 6182-6186 [Link]

McKee, K.L., B.A. Middleton, C.E. Proffitt, and D.J. Devlin. 2009. Perspectives on mosquito impoundments in eastern Florida: Reply to Rey et al. (2009). Marine Ecology Progress Series 389: 301-306. [Link]

McKee, K.L. and W. C. Vervaeke. 2009. Impacts of human disturbance on soil erosion and habitat stability of mangrove-dominated islands in the Pelican Cays and Twin Cays Ranges, Belize. Smithsonian Institution Marine Science Network Proceedings 33: 415-428. [Link]

McKee, K.L. and J.A. Cherry. 2009. Hurricane Katrina sediment slowed elevation loss in subsiding brackish marshes of the Mississippi River delta. Wetlands 29: 2-15. [Link]

Cherry, J.A., K.L. McKee, and J.B. Grace. 2009. Elevated CO2 enhances biological contributions to elevation change in coastal wetlands by offsetting stressors associated with sea-level rise. Journal of Ecology 97: 67-77. [Link]

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Karen Mckee
700 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506
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