Karen McKee is an ecologist
with the National Wetlands Research Center, U.S. Geological
Survey in Lafayette, LA, USA. She received a Master’s
degree from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. from
Louisiana State University in Botany. Her main research area
is wetland plant ecology, particularly salt marsh and mangrove
communities, which she has studied for the past 30 years.
Much of her research has been conducted in coastal Louisiana,
but she has had multiple projects investigating coastal wetlands
in Florida, Texas, Belize, Panama, Honduras, Australia, New
Zealand, China, The Netherlands, and Brazil. Past research
has examined adaptations of wetland plants to flooding and
salinity, constraints on the growth and distribution of wetland
plants, and large-scale disturbance and restoration of wetlands.
Her current research focuses on global change impacts to wetlands,
including sea-level rise, elevated CO2, and disturbance events
such as hurricanes and climate extremes.