Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017-2019
Ph.D. in Biology (Ecology and Evolution focus), University of Illinois-Chicago, 2010-2016
B.A. in Biology, North Central College, 2006-2010
My research interests center on the fundamental constraints and drivers of soil biodiversity, specifically how diversity relates to food-web dynamics, ecosystem responses to disturbances like biological invasions and resource pulses, and the feedback loops between food webs and ecosystem processes. I have studied the impacts of invasive plants on soil food webs in forest ecosystems. I have also investigated how insect subsidies can affect soil community structure and processes in subarctic Iceland. My current research as a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University will evaluate how invasive plants can influence meta-ecosystem dynamics in the New Haven metropolitan region.
McCary, M.A., and D.H. Wise. 2019. Plant invader alters soil food web via changes to fungal resources. Oecologia 191: 587-599.
Hoekman, D., M.A. McCary, J. Dryer, and C. Gratton. 2019. Reducing allochthonous resources in a subarctic grassland alters arthropod food webs via predator diet and density. Ecosphere 10:e02593.
McCary, M.A., M. Zellner, and D.H. Wise. 2019. The role of plant-mycorrhizal mutualisms in deterring plant invasions: insights from an individual-based model. Ecology and Evolution 9:2018-2030.
McCary, M.A., E. Minor, and D.H. Wise. 2018. Covariation between local and landscape factors influences the structure of ground-active arthropod communities in fragmented metropolitan woodlands. Landscape Ecology 33: 225-239.
McCary, M.A., R. Mores, M. Farfan, and D.H. Wise. 2016. Invasive plants have different effects on trophic structure of green and brown food webs in terrestrial ecosystems: a meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 19: 328-335.
McCary, M.A., J.C. Martinez, L. Umek, L. Heneghan, and D.H. Wise. 2015. Effects of woodland restoration and management on the community of surface-active arthropods in the metropolitan Chicago region. Biological Conservation 190: 154-166.
Email: matthew.mccary [at] yale.edu
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