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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]

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]

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]

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Karen Mckee
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
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