Claire McGrath, Postdoctoral Ecologist
- B.A., Biology, Oberlin College, 1993
- M.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University,
- Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of
I am a limnologist with research interests in aquatic
foodwebs, ecosystem processes, community ecology, fisheries, and resource
management. My experience is broad – I have worked in streams and lakes, I have
conducted field studies, lab experiments, and simulation studies, and I have
studied fish, invertebrates, microbes, and water quality. I have a strong
interest in testing ecological theory in real systems and connecting concept to
practice. I am pursuing two main areas of interest in my work at RMRS . In the
first area, I examine how specific monitoring protocols for listed salmonids
relate to data quality, and in turn, how data quality affects resource
management and policy decisions. My second area of interest is in describing the
functional roles of organisms in aquatic ecosystems, and the effects of
disturbance on aquatic foodwebs and ecosystem-level processes. My underlying
motivation for this research is to improve the scientific basis for management
and conservation of aquatic ecosystems.
McGrath, C.C. and W.M. Lewis, Jr. 2007.
Competition and predation as mechanisms for displacement of greenback cutthroat
trout by brook trout. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
McCutchan, J.H., Jr., W.M. Lewis, Jr., C. Kendall, and C.C.
Variation in trophic shift for stable isotope ratios of carbon,
nitrogen, and sulfur. Oikos 102:378-390.
McGrath, C.C. and R.A. Matthews. 2000. Cellulase activity in
the amphipod Gammarus lacustris. Journal of the North American
Benthological Society, 19(2):298-307.
Boise Lab Staff
A group of federal, state and university partners has published "A Guide to Southern Idaho's Freshwater Mollusks." The field guide, designed to be used by the lay citizen and natural resource specialist alike, will enable field identification of southern Idaho's freshwater snails and clams through photographs, illustrations, and species descriptions.