“Unraveling soil community dynamics in the face of global change”
Dr. Matthew McCary studies the relationship between soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning within the context of global change. He received his PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2016, where he studied the impacts of invasive plants on forest soil communities. He then investigated how variation in soil resources can alter ecosystem dynamics as an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017-2019) and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University (2020). His research program is multidisciplinary, which includes observational and experimental studies, mathematical and statistical modeling, and molecular techniques. Matthew recently joined the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology faculty of the BioSciences Department at Rice University in 2021.