Karen McGlathery

Karen McGlathery
Professor and Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, University of Virginia
Panel: Waterways

Karen McGlathery is director the University of Virginia’s Environmental Resilience Institute and a professor of environmental sciences. She also directs the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research program at the university’s Coastal Research Center. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental change, including climate, sea-level rise, eutrophication, and species invasions on coastal marine ecosystems. Her work with nonprofits, universities, and regional stakeholders addresses coastal habitat resilience, especially in the context of making decisions for coastal adaptation to sea-level rise and storms. Her group was the first to show the role of restoration in reinstating seagrass “blue carbon” storage in coastal ecosystems. She and her students have worked in Virginia’s Eastern Shore, New England, Florida, Bermuda, Denmark, New Zealand, and Mozambique. Karen also serves on the board of the Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia.