Gregory McGee

Gregory McGee

Assistant Professor

146 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6792/470-6760


Courses Taught

  • EFB 102 - Organismal Biology and Ecology Laboratory
  • EFB 104 - Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory
  • EFB 132 - Orientation Seminar in Environmental & Forest Biology
  • EFB 202 - Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment
  • ESF 296 - Integrated General Chemistry and Biology I & II Laboratories (see syllabus
  • ESF 296 - Communication in Sciences Seminar


My research interests focus on understanding the effects of forest management practices and land-use history on forest biodiversity and ecosystem processes. I have quantified treesthe relationship between disturbance regimes and northern hardwood forest structural heterogeneity (e.g., decaying logs, snags, decadent trees, root throws), and my colleagues and I are determining how these structural features influence the composition of vascular plant, bryophyte, lichen, mycorrhizal fungi, amphibian and invertebrate communities. This research is being applied to develop forest management guidelines that will more effectively maintain biodiversity while permitting the sustained yield of forest products.

Additionally, I am investigating the capacity of native forest herb communities to reassemble in seral forests that have established after agricultural abandonment and am developing a regional citizen science program to actively restore native woodland herb communities to post-agricultural woodlands.

Finally, I am collaborating with ESF colleagues to develop new, integrated approaches for instructing introductory chemistry, biology and communications.

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Geoffrey GriffithsGeoffrey Griffiths

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): McGee
  • Area of Study: Ecology

Graduate Research Topic
"Development of Native Plant Restoration Protocols and Investigation of Plant and Pollinator Diversity Linkages in Post-agricultural Forests of New York"

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Colin MetteyColin Mettey

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): McGee
  • Area of Study: Ecology


Peer Reviewed

Keeton, W.S., A.A. Whitman, G.G. McGee and C.L. Goodale. 2011. Late-successional biomass development in northern hardwood-conifer forests of the northeastern United States. Forest Science 57:489-505.

Root, H.T., G.G. McGee and R.D. Nyland. 2007. Effects of two silvicultural management regimes with large tree retention on epiphytic lichen communities in Adirondack northern hardwoods, New York, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37:1854-1866.

Root, H.T., G.G. McGee and R.A. Norton. 2007.  Arboreal mite communities on epiphytic lichens of the Adirondack Mountains of New York, USA. The Northeastern Naturalist 14:425-438.

McGee, G.G., M.J. Mitchell, D.J. Leopold, D.J. Raynal and M. Mbila. 2007. The influence of forest age and composition on elemental dynamics of Adirondack northern hardwood forests. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 134:253-268.

McGee, G.G., M.J. Mitchell, D.J. Leopold and D.J. Raynal. 2007. Effects of tree-fall gap zones on soil nutrients within an old-growth Adirondack northern hardwood forest. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 134:269-280.

Pardo, L.H., P.H. Templer, C.L. Goodald, S. Duke, P.M. Groffman, M.B. Adams, P. Boeckx, J. Boggs, J. Campbell, B. Colman, J. Compton, B. Emmett, P. Gundersen, J. Kjonaas, G. Lovett, M. Mack, A. Magill, M. Mbila, M.J. Mitchell, G. McGee, S. McNulty, K. Nadelhoffer, S. Ollinger, D. Ross, H. Rueth, L. Rustad, P. Schaberg, S. Schiff, P. Schleppi, J. Spoelstra and W. Wessell. 2006. Regional assessment of N saturation using foliar and root δ15N. Biogeochemistry 80:143-171.

McGee, G.G. and R.W. Kimmerer. 2004. Dispersal and establishment regulate epiphytic bryophyte communities in Adirondack northern hardwood forests: evidence from transplants. The Bryologist 107:302-311.

Mitchell, M.J., C.T. Driscoll, S. Inamdar, G.G. McGee, M.O. Mbila and D.J. Raynal. 2003. Nitrogen biogeochemistry in the Adirondack Mountains of New York: hardwood ecosystems and associated surface waters. Environmental Pollution 123:355-364.

Forrester, J.A., G.G. McGee and M.J. Mitchell. 2003. Effects of beech bark disease on aboveground biomass and species composition in a mature northern hardwood forest, 1985 to 2000. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 130:70-78.

McGee, G.G. and R.W. Kimmerer. 2002. Forest age and management effects on epiphytic bryophyte communities in Adirondack northern hardwood forests, New York, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.32:1562-1576.

McGee, G.G. 2001. The influence of decaying logs on understory vascular plant communities in Adirondack northern hardwood forests. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 128:370-380.

McGee, G.G. 2000. The contribution of beech bark disease-induced mortality to coarse woody debris loads in northern hardwood stands of Adirondack Park, New York, USA.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 30:1453-1462.

McGee, G.G., D.J. Leopold, and R.D. Nyland. 1999. Structural characteristics of old-growth, maturing, and partially-cut northern hardwood stands. Ecological Applications 9:1316-1329.

McGee, G.G. and J.P. Birmingham. 1997. Decaying logs as germination sites in northern hardwood forests. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 14:178-192.

McGee, G.G., D.J. Leopold and R.D. Nyland. 1995.  Understory response to springtime prescribed fire in two New York transition oak forests.  Forest Ecology and Management 76: 149-168.

Ostrofsky, M.L. and G.G. McGee. 1991.  Spatial variation in the distribution of phosphorus species in the surficial sediments of Canadohta Lake, Pennsylvania: implications for internal phosphorus loading estimates. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 48:233-237.


Mitchell, M.J., G. McGee, P. McHale and K.C. Weathers. 2001. Experimental Design and Instrumentation for Analyzing Solute Concentrations and Fluxes for Quantifying Biogeochemical Processes in Watersheds. Pages 15-21 In: Proceedings: The 4th International Conference on Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) in East Asian and Pacific Region, Ulaanbaatar-Hatgal, Mongolia.  2001 ILTER Network.

Skoff, D.E., B.J. Hill and G.G. McGee. 1989. Development of Pennsylvania environmental policy and opportunities for impact. p. 389-408 In: Cole, C.A. and D.A. Long (eds.) Hazardous and Industrial Wastes: Proceedings of the 21st Mid-Atlantic Industrial Waste Conference. Technomic, Lancaster, PA.

Misc. Publications and Reports

McGee, G.G. 2008. Salmon River Watershed Natural Resource Assessment. Prepared for The New York State Tug Hill Commission, Watertown, NY. 268 pp.

McGee, G.G. 2008. Salmon River Watershed Natural Resource Viability Analysis. Prepared for The New York State Tug Hill Commission, Watertown, NY.  259 pp.

McGee, G.G. 2007. Forest Ecosystem Management: A New Paradigm for Preserving Forest Biodiversity. Network for Conservation Educators and Practitioners, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.


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