About Me

DR. MATTHEW A. MCCARY


NSF POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW IN BIOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY
1552 UNIVERSITY AVENUE

MADISON, WI 53706

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Education And Background

B.A. Biology. North Central College, 2006-2010
Ph.D. Biology,focus in Ecology and Evolution. University of Illinois-Chicago, 2010-2016

My research interests center on the fundamental constraints and drivers of soil biodiversity, specifically how diversity relates to food-web dynamics, ecosystem responses to perturbations like biological invasions and resource pulses, and the feedback loops between food webs and ecosystem processes. I have studied the implications of conservation management on biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes, particularly for insects, spiders and related arthropods. I have also investigated how invasive plants can influence the structure and function of soil food webs in forest ecosystems. My postdoctoral research currently examines how insect subsidies can affect soil community structure and function in subarctic Iceland.

Topics of interest: biodiversity; conservation; ecosystem processes; food-web ecology; insect ecology; lake-land linkages; landscape ecology; invasion biology;soil ecology; soil food webs; urban ecology.

Awards And Honors

National Academies of Sciences Ford Foundation Fellowship ($45,000), Yale University, 2020
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology ($207,000), UW-Madison, 2017-2019
Dean’s Scholar Graduate Fellowship ($22,000), UI-Chicago, 2016
Institute for Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship ($10,000), UI-Chicago, 2015-2016
Award for Excellence in Teaching ($100), UI-Chicago, 2014-2015
Elmer Hadley Graduate Research Award ($600), UI-Chicago, 2014
Abraham Lincoln Minority Graduate Fellowship ($25,000), UI-Chicago, 2013-2014
Tracy and Derrick Malone Minority Scholarship ($5,000), NCC, 2008-2009

Associated Colleges of Illinois Liberal Arts Scholarship ($12,000), NCC, 2006-2010

Personal Interests

Chess, fitness training, movies, reading.